The new rear-drive XFR-S Sportbrake is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which develops 542bhp and 502lb ft.
Jaguar claims that the car will sprint from zero to 60mph in just 4.6sec and go on to a top speed limited at 186mph. Official EU combined economy is 22mpg while CO2 output is rated at 297g/km.
The Sportbrake’s V8 engine drives an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which gets the same Quickshift technology introduced on the F-type sports car. This is intended to make the transmission respond even more quickly to the driver’s inputs.
When downshifting manually or in Sport mode, the engine management system automatically blips the throttle. The transmission also has a ‘corner recognition’ feature, which senses when the car is travelling around a bend and retains the ‘correct’ ratio for the exit.
Jaguar says that changes have been made to the rear suspension to “manage the extra rear mass” of the Sportbrake. Revisions include increasing the lateral stiffness of the suspension, which is up by 30 per cent front and rear, and increasing the spring rates by the same amount.
The adaptive damping, active electronic rear differential and Dynamic Stability Control system settings have also been tweaked for the new estate. Jaguar has also fitted its High Performance Braking System, which features 380mm ventilated discs at the front and 376mm ventilated discs at the rear. Those brakes benefit from extra under-body cooling via special air channels.