Jaguar XFR-S teased ahead of 2012 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 20, 2012

It was not a secret that Jaguar will unveil the new XFR-S sports sedan at the 2012 LA Auto Show but today, the British manufacturer now owned by Tata Motors revealed the first teaser with the car. Although there are no details, we do know that the new XFR-S will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine capable to deliver 550 hp, the same engine found on the XKR-S.

This engine will make the XKR-S the fastest and most powerful sedan the company has ever produced. This is the second model in the ultra-high performance R-S range and builds on the already acclaimed XFR. Beside the XFR-S, Jaguar will also bring the Jaguar F-Type and for the first time it will be shown in Black Pack performance trim.

Furthermore, the Jaguar Land Rover booth will feature the 2013 Range Rover, world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminum body.

"This year’s Los Angeles Auto show is one of the most significant U.S. shows in years for Jaguar Land Rover as we introduce three breakthrough new products,” said Jaguar Land Rover North America President, Andy Goss. “Jaguar Land Rover is making major strides to grow the business with highly targeted new products. The new Jaguar F-TYPE, Jaguar XFR-S and all new Range Rover will all make a major impact, specifically in the United States, which will be the world’s largest market for all three vehicles.”

Jaguar XFR-S integrates the engineering principles of the two-seater F-Type sports car and the XKR-S to build the most responsive, agile and driver-focused model of the world-famous XF saloon segment from Jaguar. With a custom-built powertrain, body enhancements and chassis, the Jaguar XFR-S is built by the specialized ETO division of Jaguar Land Rover with the capability to go beyond the standard car performance boundaries.

XFR-S takes its pride from the 5.0L supercharged V8 engine that produces up to 550 PS and 680 Nm – an increase of 40 PS and 55 Nm from its standard XFR model. This significant increase was met by revising its engine management system and optimizing the flow of air entering and exiting the engine.

Equipped with the advanced eight-speed transmission that was developed through the company’s ‘Quickshift’ technology, the optimized engine output empowers the Jaguar XFR-S to speeds of up to 60 mph within 4.4 secs (0-100 kph in 4.6 secs) and with a top speed of 186 mph (300 kph).

To improve efficiency and to allow the car to cut the air safely and cleanly, airflow management was carefully studied and improved. As a result, the body design of the new XFR-S has looked more assertive largely due to the vertical vanes, carbon fiber front splitter, and a more depressed front bumper with bigger air intakes.

Distinct ‘aero-blades’ and deeper sills guarantee a clean and smooth passage of air across the rear bumper and the side of the vehicle. To reduce the overall lift by 68%, a carbon fiber diffuser is also installed in the middle of the unique quad tailpipes below the car’s rear portion. Two designs for the bootlid mounted spoiler are also made available.

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