Earlier this month we began to hear reports about another version of the Jaguar XF called the XFR-S. While the new XFR doesn’t have any trouble making speed, there may be some room for improvement in the handling and suspension. So if an XFR-S does see the light of day, Jag’s engineers will skip the engine and focus only on the ride.
This wouldn’t be the first time Jaguar would only upgrade the suspension on a sports car. Last summer the XKR-S was released on the U.K. market in a similar fashion. No word yet if the XFR-S will make it to the U.S., because there’s no official word that the car exists. The XKR-S never made it to the U.S. because our culture wants speed added into our special edition cars. Hopefully we’ve all changed our minds if/when the XFR-S makes its official debut.
Jaguar announced UK pricing for the new 2010 5.0-liter V8 engine in the XF and XFR. The 510 hp supercharged XFR is priced at £59,900, and the normally aspirate V8 version is priced at £49,900. At direct current rates that translates to about $83,000 and $70,000 respectively.
We don’t expect the U.S pricing to follow the exchange rates. The XFR is priced about £6,000 more than the BMW M5 in the UK. Using the Bimmer’s $85,500 base price, were using the rates to peg the XFR closer to $77,200 or about $13,000 more then the 4.2-liter supercharged V8 car that currently tops the XF line in the U.S.
XFR is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 510 hp. This power increase brings the 0 to 60 time from 4.9 secs to an estimated 4.7 secs, and the quarter mile should come 0.3 secs sooner at 13.1. Top Speed is limited from the factory to 155 mph.
Back in the early 90s, the Jaguar XJ220 was considered a supercar. It’s 500 hp engine made it the fastest Jaguar ever produced with a 1992 top speed run of 217.1 mph. Now flash foward 17 years later where that record gets shattered by a sedan. Jag took its new XFR to the Bonneville Salt Flats to record a top speed of 225.675mph.
The new XFR is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine developing 510 hp and 625Nm of torque. But Jaguar did admit that the record setting car had minor aerodynamic and safety modifications to meet the requirements for a Bonneville run, as well as additional horsepower was “liberated” by a remapped ECU, a modified air intake, modified exhaust, and revised supercharger settings. Still, no internal engine components were changed and the six-speed automatic transmission was standard, including the gear ratios.
But don’t despair, the factory-fresh version should be no slouch either. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds, but that car will hit an electronic limiter at 155 mph.
What’s the big deal? It’s just a Jaguar XF with a few new touches and a little bigger engine, right? When it looks cool and gets 90 more hp it is a BIG DEAL.
We’ve spent moths speculating about the new Jaguar XFR. We were especially keep to the enlarged 5.0-liter V8 engine that debuts in this car. Jag not only brought up the displacement from 4.2-liter, but it also dropped in a supercharger in the XFR for good measure. The bar for most powerful XF has now been raised from 420 hp to 510 hp. The result of this over 21 percent power increase brings the 0 to 60 time from 4.9 secs to an estimated 4.7 secs, and the quarter mile sould come 0.3 secs sooner at 13.1. While the car will not be offered with a manual transmission, Jaguar enhanced its electronically controlled, six-speed transmission with additional clutch plates and an uprated torque converter to facilitate the extra power.
In true English fashion, all the extra performance comes in an understated package. The XFR distinguishes itself with larger air intakes, a couple small hood louvers, and a few new chrome bits. This restrained look may do well for Jaguar as it goes up against established rivals like the BMW M5 or our car of the year, the Cadillac CTS-V.
We don’t want to appear like a fussy two-year old, but since we really liked the XF in our test fleet, when it comes to the XFR: we want it, we want it, WE WANT IT.
The Detroit Auto Show is just around that corner, and Jaguar will show the world the new XFR. This will mark the premiere of Jag’s enlarged 5.0-liter supercharged V8. But now that Jaguar has finished development on the 500 hp engine (which is also already earmarked for other Jaguar cars), what’s it supposed to do now to occupy the time? Why not make the XF’s handling razor sharp?
It’s rumored that Jaguar is working on a new version called the XFR-S. Just like the XKR-S of last summer, its expected to focus strictly on suspension and ride characteristics. The engine should remain untouched.
No word yet if the XFR-S will make it to the U.S., because there’s no official word that the car exists. The XKR-S never made it to the U.S. because our culture wants speed added into our special edition cars. Hopefully we’ve all changed our minds if/when the XFR-S makes its official debut.
Jaguar revealed today the new XF Diesel S powered by the 3.0-litrer AJ-V6D Gen III diesel that delivers 240 hp or 275 hp for the S trim. This engine is currently not available in the U.S., nor have there been any announced plans for Jaguar to bring its diesel line to the U.S.
The new 3.0-liter engines meet the forthcoming EU5 regulations, due to come into force at the start of 2011. And these great performance leaps are achieved with combined average fuel consumption in both models of 42.0mpg – an improvement on the 2.7-litre engine of 12 percent.
The Diesel S accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, 1.8 seconds quicker than the excellent 2.7-litre model. In-gear acceleration is equally impressive, with a 50-70mph time of just 3.2 seconds. Maximum speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
Visually, it’s hard to get excited about the Jaguar XFR. In true British understatement, the car pretty much just gets larger air intakes and a couple small hood louvers. So why do we keep showing the spy shots? Because we get to talk about the engine.
The XFR is expected to be the debut of Jaguar’s biggest engine. The company took its 4.2-liter V8 unit and expanded it to 5.0-liters, pumping out 500 hp in supercharged form. This will land the XF line in BMW M5 territory. Expect the blown cat before the end of 2009.
As reported last week, Jaguar is planning an assault on the sports car market. It is going after new segments with coupes and convertibles. Cars like the Audi A5 will have new a competitor as one of the first new Jags will be a coupe version of the XF sedan.
The coupe version will be heavily based (of course) on the current XF sedan. It will keep the same look of a "menacing cat" as the sedan, but will is rumored to take on a sportier personality. It will likely get a revised suspension and headlamp shape. Engine choices will likely remain the same as the sedan, so the XF coupe will probably top out with the 4.2-liter 400 hp supercharged V8 (possibly an 500 hp "R" version will appear in the future.)
Jaguar already has its hands full with the XF sedan, so don’t expect to see the coupe before 2010. Jaguar still has to debut the 500 hp XF-R sedan in January at the Detroit Auto Show before focusing the coupe.