This is the most extreme version of the XF, the 2013 Jaguar XFR-S, shown to you ahead of its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow. The release follows two teasers released this and last week.
Painted in a blue color trim, similar to the XKR-S and called French Racing Blue, the XFR-S deliveres 550hp and 680Nm from its 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine. This is 40hp and 55Nm higher than the XFR. The engine output is similar to the specs of the XKR-S. A sprint from naught to 100km/h is done in 4.6 seconds and the top speed is 300km/h. A new exhaust system improves the sound track of the fastest and most powerful sedan Jaguar has ever produced.
The engine is linked to a ZF eight-speed transmission, which adapts itself to the driver. When operating in automatic mode, the transmission can detect the manner in which the car is being driven by monitoring acceleration and braking, cornering forces, throttle and brake pedal activity, road load and kickdown request. On detecting a more enthusiastic driving style, the transmission will automatically make the gearshifts more aggressive and move the upshift point higher in the rev range. It will even adapt and check if you have the correct gear selected when you enter a turn.
The aggressive body kit delivers 68 percent more downforce and features a new front fascia, revised side skirts, a new rear diffuser and a massive rear wing. Each of these parts uses some sort of carbon fiber trim. Jaguar’s designers painted all the car’s bright chrome trim in a dark finish. They also developed special new six-spoke 20 inch Varuna forged alloys with wider tires to improve grip.
The suspension is 30 precent stiffer. The XFR-S rolls on wider wheels and has 265/35R20 Pirelli-tires at the front and 295/30R20 at the rear.
The interior materials include carbon leather and contrasting highlight micro-piping and stitching.
The XFR-S is built in limited numbers and available in French Racing Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Gray, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red. The US will have 100 for the 2014 model year. The amount for Europe is unknown at this stage. The pricing in the US will be $99,000.