Leaked: Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake shows its French Racing Blue colour

Article by Christian A., on February 24, 2014

We already knew that Jaguar is planning a high-performance version of its XF Sportbrake to take on cars such as the RS6 Avant (4.0 TFSI V8 developing 560 hp; 0-100km/h (62 mph) sprint in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h or 189 mph) or the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate (5.5-liter twin turbo V8 that delivers 557 hp; 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and a top speed electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h), but today the first image emerged on the Web thanks to the folks from Autocar.

Wearing the same stunning blue color just like the saloon version, the XFR-S Sportbrake will get the same 5.0-liter that generates 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque as well as the 8-speed automatic transsmission.

Just like the saloon version, the new XFR-S Sportbrake is expected to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 186 mph or 300 km/h. Regarding the design, the XFR-S Sportbrake comes with a new bumper with big air inlets that suggest the power generated by the big V8 engine, a carbon fiber front lip spoiler, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser as well as a four-pipe exhaust system.

Moreover, the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is expected to get the same 5-special colors seen on the saloon: the French Racing Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Gray, Italia Racing Red and Polaris White. Pricing is expected to start at just over £80,000 (96,000 euros or $133,000). We don't have any details regarding the debut of the new high-performance estate from Jaguar but we do expect to see this new baby at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, next month!

In developing the new XFR-S Sportbrake, the main challenge that needed to be hurdled was how to handle the extra mass in the rear and at the same time make sure that this model has the same response and sharp turn-in as that of its saloon cousin. To make this happen, the engineers at Jaguar needed to tune the active suspension in the rear. Because of this, the suspension would be able to manage the additional weight because of the increase in the mass on the rear.

The engineers also made the necessary adjustments to the dampers and the springs so that it will match how the mass is distributed on the car. Changes have also been made on the anti-roll bars with the rear axle also modified. In addition, the rear brakes have been tuned in order for it to work in conjunction with the ABS system of this model.

According to Jaguar, the reason why the XFR-S Sportbrake has dynamic qualities is because they are based on the engineering development not only of the XKR-S but also the F-Type. This resulted in a car that is just as responsive as it is agile. With regards to the XFR-S Saloon, the suspension systems for the front and the rear have not only been uprated but also carefully tuned.

This was done through at least tens of thousands of miles at the brand’s very own testing center located at the high-speed bowl in Nardo, Italy, the famous Nürburgring. Tests were also done at the roads in North Wales and those surrounding the Gaydon Research and Development Center, just a few of the engineers’ favorites.

In terms of the stiffness of the vehicle’s overall lateral suspension, Jaguar said this was increased by 30% for the front and even the rear. The spring rates on the front and the rear have been upped on the same level as well. Similar to what was done on the XFR-S Saloon, the front suspension knuckles for this model have been revised.

The reason was to make sure it was in line with that of the XKR-S. This also meant that the stiffness of the camber and castor would be increased. Combined with the new wheel bearings, this optimizes the handling precision and the steering. Further, the steering system benefits from the fitment of the valving, one developed specifically for the F-Type.

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