New XF range-topper will be Jaguar's response to the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG
2 February 2012

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

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

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?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 February 2012

[quote Autocar]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[/quote]

Boring. Barely has the inevitable GT-R versus 911 debate subsided in these forums and up pops Jaguar to keep the flame of boy racer burning. How about a Jaguar we can all buy, such as a small roadster?

2 February 2012

[quote Los Angeles]How about a Jaguar we can all buy, such as a small roadster?[/quote]

Every time any news of the small roadster is published its anticipated price rises again. it will probably cost as much as an XF-RS by the time its released so i dont see how we can all buy one!

2 February 2012

2 February 2012

Yet more smoke and mirrors from a British car company. Aston, Jaguar and Lotus have all become expert in deflecting attention from a fundamentally flawed product line up. I await expectantly for the XF RSS, XF RST, XF RRS.

2 February 2012

[quote lonegoose]a fundamentally flawed product line up.[/quote]


In what way is it flawed?

2 February 2012

Flawed my arse, what a stupid thing to say, Jaguar have proved time and again what they can do, and we all know what is coming in the next 12-18 months..

Jaguar are not a company like ford and vauxhall, catering for all niches, they have a great range and it is increasing and improving all the time.

2 February 2012

[quote lonegoose]a fundamentally flawed product line up.[/quote]


JLR have posted record profit's of over £1bn, they haven't done profits of any kind for years, and thats in the middle of a recession ffs, admittedly they have some glaring gaps in their range, but they are slowly being filled, Tata has committed £5bn a year investment for the next 5 years. We shouldn't be complaining or slating them, they should be congratulated for having the faith to investing in UK PLC.

As for the XFR-S yes please, and they need to make an estate version, to fill the gap from the flawed BMW product line up, it will make a big impact in the US, who are severely disillusion with not having a 5 series estate, and in Europe who want an M5 estate.

2 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Jaguar is to 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....
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Why bother when Autocar already rates the standard XFR above the "mediocre" M5?

2 February 2012

Take a look sometime at that well known on-line auction site, select Jaguar XJ diesel for example, and then ponder why there are more than 100 registered 2011 and 2012 cars offered for sale (mainly by Jaguar dealerships) with either delivery or minimal mileage on them. OK, so some dealers are moving their demonstrators on - if they can!! 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. Just because the Pope and Cameron have been seen as users of this vehicle doesn't make it the choice of people with the freedom to select a suitable upmarket motor car. The XJ is a sales disaster and entirely the wrong sector for Jaguar to have chosen for their second new model; it should have been an X-Type replacement instead in order to gain volume sales.

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