Latest addition to the Jaguar R-S range will hit 186mph and 0-62mph in 4.6sec; on sale in May at £80k
5 March 2013

This is Jaguar’s fastest ever saloon car: the new XFR-S, a more powerful, more hardcore version of the firm’s XFR. It has been revealed to European buyers at the Geneva motor show.

The new super-saloon gets the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the XKR-S, which gives it 39bhp and 41lb ft more than the XFR. Although the XFR-S is the quickest saloon that Jaguar has built, the official performance figures indicate that it isn’t quite as rapid as the more expensive XKR-S.

The saloon reaches 62mph in 4.6sec, whereas the coupé gets there in 4.4sec. However, it’s likely that the car will, in real-world conditions, accelerate faster and produce a 0-62mph time approaching that of the coupé. 

In addition, the car’s 0-100mph time is likely to be “below 9sec”, according to Jaguar’s chief vehicle engineer, Mike Cross. That would put it very close to the XKR-S’s time of 8.6sec. Top speed is limited to 186mph.

Much of the work carried out in creating the XFR-S has its roots in the development of the F-type. “There’s more F-type learning than there is XKR-S,” said Cross. 

So the car has the F-type’s Quickshift transmission, in place of the standard six-speed automatic. Quickshift was first unveiled in the new F-type and gives the XFR-S an eight-speed gearbox. 

Jaguar claims that Quickshift allows faster gearshifts than the standard automatic and enables the car to provide smooth changes in traffic and rapid shifting under harder driving. It features what Jaguar calls Corner Recognition, by which it can detect when the car enters a bend and hold the right gear for leaving the corner. Fitting Quickshift also means that Jaguar has been able to equip the XFR-S with stop-start. 

Jaguar’s engineers have uprated the XFR’s suspension to improve the car’s handling. The suspension is 30 per cent stiffer than the XFR’s, and spring rates have been increased by the same amount. XKR-S suspension components have been used at the front, along with new wheel bearings. The rear has a completely new subframe.

As with the XKR-S, the electronic control systems from the R model have been uprated. The Adaptive Dynamics programme (using continuously variable dampers to control body movements) has been altered so that damper rates are much firmer in Dynamic mode.  

In addition, the throttle responses have been changed, the electronic rear diff is reworked to allow for the increased torque output, and the traction control now allows the driver to push the car further before it intervenes, or it can be turned off altogether. 

The bespoke 20-inch wheels (available in gloss black) are 25mm wider than an XFR’s at the rear and 12.5mm at the front. Tyres are, again, unique to the S, with 265/35s at the front and 295/30s at the rear. 

Much of the car’s exterior changes have a beneficial aerodynamic or cooling effect. There are larger air intakes in the front splitter that also features a carbon section said to improve airflow at high speeds. A no-cost choice of two rear spoilers is offered, the larger one being standard. Jaguar claims a 68 per cent reduction in overall lift as a result of the modifications. 

Inside, the car gets what Jaguar calls “carbon-effect leather,” used on R-S models only, and stitching in red, blue or ivory, which is repeated across the top of the dash. An R-S-model-only aluminium trim is fitted to the dash. 

Although Jaguar is not specifying the car’s weight yet, it is expected to be very similar to an XFR’s 1891kg. The use of carbon in the body and the lightweight construction of the larger wheels has helped to keep the weight down. 

The XFR-S will go on sale in May and will cost £79,995.

Dan Stevens

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28 November 2012

It's brash, gaudy, over the top, bordering on vulgar and completely un-Jaguarlike (especially in that lurid paint job).

I love it!!

28 November 2012

.....but no brakes upgrade? still got those nasty looking iron callipers and plain rotors. I'd have thought Jag could have done something more exotic for this model?

lose the monster rear spoiler and paint it a more subtle colour and I think it's a killer, anyhow!

29 November 2012

I'll take the M5.

29 November 2012

While the XFR was a problem to the BMW M5, this addition will possibly give it a major headache. I am sure the performance numbers are dizzying to any BMW M5 fans. It has to be asked has Jaguar compromised comfort and functionality in the pursuit of performance? While we have to wait and see the XKR-S can give us some idea that it may be able to deliver almost everything. Will it persuade current BMW consumers, maybe? And if Jaguar can find a way to substitute the “street racer” wing for something less extravagant I do believer more people will be interested. With the price it may possibly be one of Jaguar’s greatest offerings, till they develop the F-type R or a F-type R-S.

29 November 2012

simplelife wrote:

While the XFR was a problem to the BMW M5, this addition will possibly give it a major headache.

Oh yes, as much as the regular XF gave BMW "a major headache". Dream on.

29 November 2012

I've heard that an F-RS is in development......which should be a monster.  Apparently some very raw-sounding mules spotted around Gaydon, big wheels and what looked like ceramic brakes! Sounds extreme for Jag but here's hoping!

29 November 2012

people moaning about the spolier you can get a smaller one but that 0-60 time is only 4.6secs and the xfr does 0-60 in 4.7 in top spec

BJN

IAD

30 November 2012

All it needs now is a more extreme track focused version and it will be awesome. Not that it isn't awesome already.

30 November 2012

It's downright irresponsible of Autocar to accept Tata's money for advertisements like this. The XF has a terrible safety record. In 2012, to not get a 5 star NCAP rating, the car needs to be a death trap. People are dying unnecessarily because of these biased reviews encouraging them to buy JLR cars.

 

30 November 2012

Advertisements? It's a report by a British magazine on a new British-designed, British-developed and British-built car that has just been unveiled at the LA show.

I will concede that the 4 star NCAP rating is somewhat uncompetitive compared to the competition, but the term "death trap" makes you sound like a drama queen. You then say that people are "dying unnecessarily" in these cars - do you have hard facts and statistics on this matter? Again, a touch over-dramatic.

Customers who are in the market for a vehicle of this type have the ability to look at the ratings and crash reports on the NCAP website before they purchase and then take that into consideration  when making their selection.

 

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