LA Auto Show: 2013 Jaguar XFR-S priced at $99,000

Article by Christian A., on December 1, 2012

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.

In order to show the different changes made, the Jaguar XFR-S has a look that has been modified in a subtle manner as a way of making it reach its full potential. The aeroblade mouldings and extended side sills, both positioned at the back of the front wheels, result in that sharp break-off point between the lower region of the bodywork and the surface of the road. This also ensures that airflow is present on the sides for a long time. Meanwhile the bumper in the front is deeper and integrated to it are the

side air intakes and the lower central air intakes. These two are able to give the engine bay that needed airflow. The lower central air intakes in particular have a carbon fiber frame. This is the same material used for the front splitter, which has been placed on the bumper’s lower region.

The use of carbon fiber is but one of the many improvements done to help with the aerodynamics and ensure that the vehicle is able to pass through air even when running at high speeds.

Jaguar Design Studio Director Wayne Burgess revealed that the design team was aware that in order for the Jaguar XFR-S to have the right look and performance, aerodynamic solutions would have to be implemented. He added that tremendous focus was used in the making of this vehicle, a fact that is evident through the materials that were used and the changes in the design.

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