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 Citytiger][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.[/quote]

Problem is if you look at how that profit is made it isn't coming from Jaguar sales. Despite a genuinely strong model line up in terms of engineering and (IMHO) styling, or certainly the strongest offering we've seen from Jaguar for years, the cars just aren't selling. Land Rover product is flying off the shelves they can't build them quick enough.

An XFR-S 'halo model' is needed, sure, in order to be seen to properly compete with Munich and Stuttgart, but that isn't goin to bolster the flagging revenue one bit. JLR can't get the small Jag and related product to market soon enough (but it has to be done well, this time!) unfortunately these products are still a couple of years away...

2 February 2012

Anyone who says Jag is not going in the right direction is MAD! I had high hopes fro the new XF when released! I like the look, liked the designes and such and was totally taken in!

Now I am an AVID fan of old jaguars! Owned a V reg XK8 and S-type, and borrowed a 2006 XJ I love all of them... But the new line up is fantastic! And hope they keep pushing... BUT! just so long as there made HERE!

Off to India? I'm off to... WELL who ever, but not the GEEEEEERMANS!

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]

I have to agree teg, why didnt they just upgrade the power with the face lift?

2 February 2012

[quote curious_insider]Problem is if you look at how that profit is made it isn't coming from Jaguar sales. [/quote]

It is looks where Jaguar have always been so competitive. The people who matter don't like the look of the cars either inside or out. The people who sing the praises of Jaguar (including a lot of the contributors to these forums) usually finish up by saying "I'm going to get one - as soon as I win the lottery." Nothing focuses the mind like getting out your cheque book - and when push comes to shove Jaguar simply don't stand out enough to lure people away from the Germans.

2 February 2012

[quote lonegoose]It is looks where Jaguar have always been so competitive.[/quote]And value against the others. But something isn't working this time around. Jaguar is not universally aspirational.

3 February 2012

Great to see another high performance XF but seriously Jaguar its time for the X-Type replacement.....and soon too.

3 February 2012

I agree with you Marky13, I see far more XJ's than 7 series or s class and next to no A8's on the roads. Unfortunately I work around the Wilmslow area and so the number of cars you see is inversely proportional to good taste!

6 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] I completely agree with you. Having a fast version of the fast version doesn't make a great deal of sense to me. One is left thinking it's a lot of marketing baloney. E

6 February 2012

I think you'll agree with me gents that this was bound to happen sooner or later. As much as I love the XFR (one of the best and most capable sporting saloons ever) I'm not sure it's really necessary to increase the power to match its rivals. I can fully understand the reason to do so though!

The standard car is immensely fast as it is, 0-60mph in 4.7 secs, limited to 155mph but could do more than 185. As great as this performance is, you are really not going to be able to exploit all that power on today's UK roads. I for one don't really care that the M5 can get to 60mph 3 tenths of a second quicker than the Jag, If I were fortunate to be in a position to buy either car, that would not sway my decision.

Please don't think I am being a kill joy, or one who secretly enjoys the merits of the Prius. I enjoy a fast performance car as much as the next person, I just don't see the need for all these big luxurious saloon cars to increase their power from one week to the next because a rival manufacturer has.

Given the choice between an XKR and an XKR-S. I would choose the standard car. It has 9/10 tenths of the more powerful cars performance, is less expensive and looks even better.

21 February 2012

I'm a big Jag fan, though never owned one. What is coming in the next 12-18 months then?

EU Referendum now. Let the people speak.

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