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.