What is it?
Something we’re surprised Jaguar hasn’t done before now: a sportier-looking version of a more humble version of the XF.
The inspiration for the R-Sport is clear from the name. Jaguar has noted the success of BMW's M Sport models, which bring the looks of the M cars to the rest of the range. Mercedes-Benz also does it with its AMG Sport models, as does Audi with its S Line range.
While Jaguar’s German rivals offer dynamic upgrades as well as cosmetic ones in their respective R-Sport-style trim levels, the British firm only offers cosmetic upgrades for now.
These are inspired by the XFR and XFR-S models, and include a sportier front bumper, a rear spoiler, new side sills, 17-inch alloys, plenty of R-Sport badging inside and out, and a newly-trimmed charcoal interior.
The trim is being offered with the 161bhp and 197bhp versions of the 2.2-litre turbodiesel and a 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel in saloon and estate bodystyles, so it’s a toe in the water exercise to see if the R-Sport trim can be expanded into a full-blown M Sport rival across its range in the future.