The Jaguar XF is one of the best saloons on the market, but if the standard or souped-up XFR versions aren’t exciting enough, prepare to have your socks melted off by a new XFR-S edition. We’ve already seen pics of the mental new hyper saloon, but Jaguar has just released video footage of the thing hooning up a twisty Alpine road, making an exquisite noise as it goes.
The Jaguar XFR-S uses the same 5-litre V8 as the XFR and XKR, but it’s also been blessed with the beefed up exhaust system that features in the bonkers XKR-S – a feature that helps boost power 39bhp to 542bhp. In other words, it’ll be savagely, terrifyingly, outrageously quick. 0-62mph is dispatched in 4.6 seconds and its top speed is 186mph – an improvement on the 4.9 seconds and 155mph top speed on the standard XFR.
Interestingly, the XFR-S will feature the same 8-speed Quickshift transmission as the forthcoming F-Type, which changes gear faster than the conventional automatic gearbox. The transmission blips the throttle to ensure the engine is doing the right number of revs to optimise power and torque on corner exit and a ‘corner recognition’ system keeps the car in the correct gear when negotiating a bend. It’ll even recognise when you’re trying to perform a series of overtakes that might require rapid changes in throttle response. In these situations, rather than changing up a gear, the transmission will stay in a lower gear.
Other tweaks include uprated front and rear suspension that increase lateral stiffness by up to 30 per cent, wider 20-inch wheels and tyres and a choice of two rear wings – one a subtle bootlid spoiler and the other a huge carbon fibre aerofoil that, along with other aero tweaks, helps reduce lift by 68 per cent. The latter, we’re told, is a no-cost option.
The Jaguar XFR-S will go on sale in 2013 for a starting price of £79,995.
Have a gander at the thing in the video below and let us if you’ll be saving your pennies for its arrival.