What is it?
Jaguar’s first high-performance estate, which will cost £83,000 when it goes on sale in the next few weeks. The rear-drive XFR-S Sportbrake is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which is good for 542bhp and 443lbft of torque.
That’s a 39bhp and 40.5lb ft hike over the same unit used the in XFR saloon. Jaguar is claiming the car will sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.6sec and then run onto a limited top speed of 186mph. Official EU economy is just 22mpg.
Jaguar says the power boost has been achieved by revisions to the engine management system and by changes to airflow both into and out of the engine, through a modified exhaust system.
Changes have also been made to the Sportbrake’s rear suspension in order to "handle the extra rear mass" of the estate body. These include increasing the springs rates by "100 per cent" over the standard Jaguar XF model and increasing the lateral suspension stiffness up by 30 per cent front and rear.
The adaptive damping, active electronic rear differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings have also been tweaked to sit under the estate body. The XFR-S rolls on 20in wheels wearing specifically developed Pirelli tyres.
The V8 drive’s an eight-speed automatic ‘box, which gets the same ‘Quickshift’ technology that was introduced on the Jaguar F-Type. This, says Jaguar, makes the transmission even quicker to respond to the driver’s inputs. The transmission also has ‘corner recognition’ that senses when the car is travelling around a bend and retain ‘the correct’ transmission ratio for the driver to make the best exit.
Aside from the extravagant body kit (which has advantages in ‘reducing lift’ and improving engine cooling efficiency by around 5 per cent) the XFR-S is marked out by carbonfibre body kit parts, carbonfibre-effect trim inside and double line stitching with ‘micro-piping’ on much of the leather interior.
Jaguar says the Sportbrake’s load capacity is 1675 litres but with the rear seats in place the boot is relatively shallow under the load cover.