New XF range-topper will be Jaguar's response to the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG

Jaguar is seriously considering a hotter ‘S’ version of the Jaguar XFR super saloon. Senior company insiders admit that the 503bhp XFR is “a bit outgunned” by new rivals such as the 552bhp BMW M5 and 549bhp Mercedes E63 AMG, and Jaguar plans to retaliate with the introduction of a faster and more focused range-topping model that will be badged XFR-S.

The ‘R-S’ moniker has already been established on the recently launched Jaguar XKR-S, and sources admit that they are likely to “give the XFR the same treatment.”

No specific details are known, but expect firmer chassis settings, more aggressive styling and exhaust note, plus a power upgrade to bring the output of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 up to around 550bhp. The car was spied in testing at the Nurburgring last summer.

As the range-topping model, the XFR-S will cost at least £5k more than the standard XF, which is likely to continue to be sold just as the standard XKR is still sold beneath the XKR-S. The premium would put the hottest XF at over £70k – very close in price to its key rivals.

Our Verdict

Not only is the XFR the class leader, it is also exceptional value compared to rivals

The Jaguar XFR is a crushingly effective super saloon. Its 503bhp supercharged V8 has relentless pace, and it's the prettiest car in its class

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2 February 2012

[quote Taff41]When did you last see a current generation XJ on the road? [/quote]

Um, see alot more than either the 7 series or s-class!

Do Audi still make the A8 ive seen NONE of them!

2 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Is there room for two range toppers in the XF range? Why don't they just upgrade the XFR instead?

I guess the S is just being added for marketing purposes?

[/quote] BMW v AMG ?, Jaguar obviously believe they have the superior product as do all of the premium car makers,who cares?,you buy what you like.

Peter Cavellini.

2 February 2012

[quote Taff41]"not Jaguar enough"[/quote]

Its a fair comment.I really want to like jaguars (i own one, but as its 49 years old that probably doesnt count) but there is an issue with everything they make. Tata obviously havent had time to do too much since taking over, i suspect the XJ was a long way through its developement, and too far to realisticly stop.

Actually as a company they are heading in the right direction for most of the market, adding models at the bottom of the range to spread the appeal of the generally liked XF but i agree we need a new X type, which can probably afford to be quite daring to attract new customers whereas the XJ probably should be more conservative due to the type of buyers they usually appeal to.

2 February 2012

[quote Taff41]

When did you last see a current generation XJ on the road? As I've previously posted, Jaguar with this car - so often admired on here by a certain generation of posters - have lost their former loyal customer base from amongst the professional, entrepreneurial and older customers owing to the car being too "not Jaguar enough" for them.

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Taff it would appear Jaguars problems stem from people like you, they spend vast amounts of money on customer focus groups, the results of which became, the S-Type, the X-Type and the previous XJ, and in relative terms they where sales flops, because they where too retro, the typical Jag owner wanted something still Jaguar but more modern.

The failure of the X-Type had nothing to do with its Ford platform, it isnt harming the Freelander or the Evoque. Jaguar now have a very modern range, with plenty of Jaguar design references and excellent build quality and shed loads of international awards, they are in profit, but you or the average Jag owner is not happy because they are not Jaguar enough. Well go and buy a bloody BMW! Perhaps people are complaining that BMW are not BMW enough.

2 February 2012

[quote Citytiger]Well go and buy a bloody BMW! Perhaps people are complaining that BMW are not BMW enough.[/quote] Actually, they are. Too bloody heavy, not 'pure' enough. You name it! But that's beside the point here. The main problem I have is that the XKR-S was slammed for being too firm anywhere outside of a track, and my fear is that Jaguar repeat the mistake with the XFR-S. I hope they don't, and given the reviews, they probably won't but if they do... Just give the XFR-S more power, tune the suspension to handle it (and nothing more) and avoid the hideous bodykit on the XKR-S and everything should be fine.

2 February 2012

[quote Taff41]Jaguar ... have lost their former loyal customer base[/quote]

"Loyal"?? During Ford's conservative/retro-era, Jaguar wasn't exactly shifting convoys of S-types and XJs - sales were sliding and the company was losing a fortune. Why?

Clearly, a) the customers were not "loyal" - they'd migrated to BMW, Mercedes and Audi - and b) the customer-base was literally dying off and, critically, not being replaced by a new generation.

Ford-Jaguar targeted the wrong customer base - eg the bourgeois, golf-playing denizens of, for example, Surrey. Instead, Jags needed to appeal to the influential 'early-adopters' - eg the type of punter who lives in the London postcodes of SW3, SW7, W8 and W11.

The aforementioned observation may seem crass and generalist, but it's the latter group that initially embraced BMW during the mid-'70s.

If you'd walked around those London streets during the mid-'00s, there were no S-types and XJs parked alongside the 3- and 5-series, E- and S-class metal.

Today, however, there're a tidy few XFs and current XJs making an appearance. From acorns...

2 February 2012

An XFR-S? Yes please!

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A detuned 2.2 diesel base model one week, a range-topping turbo nutter the next week. Nice.

2 February 2012

I knew we'd see this car at some point. What with the E63's and M5's power increase, the XF was awaiting a bit more oomph from its 5.0 V8.

Now I'm waiting for the XJR-S...

2 February 2012

[quote Fidji]

I knew we'd see this car at some point. What with the E63's and M5's power increase, the XF was awaiting a bit more oomph from its 5.0 V8.

Now I'm waiting for the XJR-S...

[/quote]

This is the one they should release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNRtuBdHS9o

2 February 2012

[quote Fidji]

I knew we'd see this car at some point. What with the E63's and M5's power increase, the XF was awaiting a bit more oomph from its 5.0 V8.

Now I'm waiting for the XJR-S...

[/quote]

This is the one they should release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNRtuBdHS9o

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