Jaguar unveiled its fastest sedan ever -- the XFR-S – at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The top-of-the-line model veers away from its traditional conservative look and instead, it offers a much bolder style. Jaguar gave it a modified front fascia with bigger air intakes while its wider side sills, special badging and a carbon rear spoiler are very prominent.
But the XFR-S is actually not so much a new car as a model filled with some of the brand’s favorite features. Similar to what the XKR-S coupe received, the exterior of the XFR-S also receives some spicy details. These cars are powered by the same revised version of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which delivers 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque.
Using an eight-speed transmission and the Jaguar Quickshift technology (developed for thee F-Type), the new XFR-S accelerates from naught to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (100 km/g in 4.6 seconds) and has a top speed electronically limited to 186 mph or 300 km/h.
Even so, it offers the same gas mileage rating as its less potent XFR sibling due to the engine start/stop technology that also allows it to avoid the gas guzzler tax. In addition, Jaguar upgraded its brakes and added special wheels and a stiffer, lower suspension. It’s scheduled to arrive at showrooms in summer 2013. It will have a starting price of $99,000 before delivery, which represents a $15,800 premium over the XFR.