Extreme XFR-S aimed at performance driving enthusiasts
6 January 2009

An even more hardcore version of the super-successful Jaguar XF saloon is being readied by Jaguar. The car, to be badged Jaguar XFR-S (after last year’s XKR-S coupe) will be even more extreme than the 500bhp Jaguar XFR due to be launched at this week’s Detroit motor show.

The Jaguar XFR-S ditches the ‘integrated’ look of the XFR’s styling in favour of more overt wings, air dams, slots and skirts, all derived from extensive aero testing and aimed at giving the XFR-S class-leading high-speed stability.

The Jaguar XFR-S will be made in hundreds, not thousands, and is aimed at a tiny niche of performance driving enthusiasts for whom niceties like ground clearance are of less importance than styling impact and stability at high speed.

Details of the Jaguar XFR-S’s specification are sketchy, but it may well be the first Jaguar to adopt standard 21-inch wheels. It will have deeper side skirts than the XFR and will sit lower.

The XFR-S should stick with the XFR’s existing power output and mechanicals, however; the standard R’s power and torque are already described as “more than abundant” by insiders, and a higher output would involve Jaguar in a fresh round of expensive compliance testing.

Jaguar has not yet officially confirmed that an XFR-S exists, let alone forecast a launch date or a price, but the car’s launch is likely to be at least a year behind that of the XFR, the high-performance Jaguar aimed at the vast majority of buyers.

Steve Cropley

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Jaguar XF 2008-2015

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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