A 550PS estate with 680Nm of torque? That will be the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.
It seems like only yesterday were we drooling over a Jaguar F-Type Sportbrake concept. Now we have the XFR-S Sportbrake R-S to sink our teeth into. It’s based on the XF sports saloon right down to the engine and will go on sale in April.
Like in the XFR-S saloon, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in the XFR-S Sportbrake R-S provides an impressive 550PS (542bhp) and 680Nm (501lb/ft) of torque. 0 to 62mph takes 4.8 seconds (two tenths of a second slower than the saloon) and the top speed is an electronically limited 186mph. Not really much of a difference even though the Sportbrake is said to be 90kg heavier.
Power is sent through an 8-speed transmission, while an active electronic differential applies the power to where it can be felt the most. Larger brakes are tasked with stopping the beast.
Jaguar has modified the rear suspension spring rates and adaptive dampers to help the XFR-S Sportbrake R-S feel connected to the road. The active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control have also been tuned. Overall the car is said to be 30 per cent stiffer than the standard car.
Ferrying about the family and plenty of luggage is made possible by a sizable boot, which offers 1,675-litres of space for things with the rear seats folded down. Rear passengers benefit from an additional 48mm of headroom, while 60:40 split-folding seats enhance the practicality.
The XFR-S Sportbrake has a number of unique styling enhancements including wider 20-inch Varuna forged alloy wheels that can be finished in either a full gloss black or technical grey, a carbon fibre diffuser and spoiler mounted above the rear hatch. A choice of Ultra Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red paintjobs are available.
The cockpit has Warm Charcoal leather trim on the seats and doors, with a spot of ‘carbon effect’ leather added to the seat bolsters and arm rests to enhance the sporty feel. A R-S logo and stitching in either red, blue or ivory is applied to the seats, while Dark Aluminium is used for the fascia.
Until Jaguar whisks us off to some beautiful country to give the XFR-S Sportbrake R-S a spin, we can only hope it handles better than a canal barge because it certainly looks the part. Better than Audi’s fast RS estates, anyway.
Prices start from £82,495.