Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake going to Geneva, but not US
Jaguar's 542-horsepower XFR-S Sportbrake joins the high-performance sport wagon club.
Few automakers belong to the exclusive high-performance wagon club, and Jaguar wants in. The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake will be revealed next month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Although various XF Sportbrake models are available across the pond, the XFR-S Sportbrake is the highest performing variant to date.
The XFR-S Sportbrake's supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 boasts 542 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque, with power routed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the high-performance engine, the XFR-S Sportbrake gets a revised suspension with larger brakes, wheels and tires, and a new aerodynamics package. The XFR-S sedan's boy racer rear wing unfortunately doesn't make its way onto the wagon.
According to Jaguar, the eight-speed transmission features the "Quickshift" programming developed for the F-Type. Jaguar claims the XFR-S Sportbrake can reach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than the automaker's estimate for the XFR-S sedan. We suspect Jaguar's being conservative with the XFR-S Sportbrake's performance estimates. Both XFR-S body styles are electronically limited to 186 mph.
To compensate for the added weight of the wagon body style, the rear suspension of the Sportbrake has been modified to maintain the sedan's handling characteristics. Those revisions include changes to the rear spring rates and adaptive damper tune and new anti-roll bars. The active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings have also been recalibrated to work with the revised suspension. Massive 14.96-inch front and 14.8-inch rear vented rotors peek out from behind the six-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/35 and 295/30 tires front and rear, respectively.
While the XFR-S Sportbrake gets much of the sedan's lower styling and aerodynamic enhancements, the wagon gets a subtle roof-mounted spoiler in lieu of the sedan's large trunk-mounted spoiler. Exterior colors include Ultra Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red. Inside, the XFR-S Sportbrake features Warm Charcoal leather trim for the doors and seats. The seat bolsters and arm rests also feature carbon effect leather, and the seats are embossed with R-S logos available in red, blue or ivory. Dark aluminum dashboard trim is unique to Jaguar R-S models.
The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake joins the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon and out-going Cadillac CTS-V wagon (among a few others) in the high-po wagon club. Cadillac hasn't confirmed a next-generation CTS-V wagon, but with Jaguar joining the exclusive club, it may prompt an encore of one of our most beloved long-termers ever.