2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

BMW has M-Sport, Volkswagen has R-Line and Audi has the S-line . All of these are names for visual upgrades that make cars look faster, but don’t actually do much to increase the speed or performance of a car. Well now Jaguar is joining the party with its new R-Sport models.

Just like the other mentioned trim levels, the R-Sport cars from Jaguar will wear some of the more aggressive body parts found on their R and R-S cars , but without all the pesky cost and hassle of extra horsepower and bigger engines.

The first car to wear the new badge is the XF. Jaguar will be releasing R-Sport versions of both the XF Sedan and the XF Sportbrake . If you were hoping that the R-Sport would at least feature the supercharged V-6 or even the base V-8, you are sadly mistaken. The R-Sport Sportbrake comes powered by a 2.2-liter diesel.

Still, if you are in the market for a practical family hauler, but you want to at least pretend you could afford a 550 horsepower monster there are worse choices available.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar XF R-Sport.

Exterior

Jaguar XF R-Sport

The exterior is the main reason to pick up an R-Sport over the other Jaguars in the lineup. It makes use of many sporty styling upgrades that are modeled after bits from the actual Jaguar XF Jaguar XF R. The front end features larger intakes and subtle lip spoiler. Integrated fog lamps and chrome details add a touch of class to the new aggression. The side sills and rear bumper are also “R” trim pieces that make the Jaguar look faster than it really is.

The biggest downfall to the styling package is the 17-inch alloys. While they are practical and improve ride quality, they belie the overall sporting presentation.

Interior

Jaguar XF R-Sport

The interior gets the same sort of visual treatment as the outside of the new Jag does. A new black on black interior color scheme features Suedecloth seats with contrast stitching in Dove, Tan or Red. The interior trim is available in three colors as well; Dark Oak, Piano Black and Carbon Fiber.

Drivetrain

Jaguar XF R-Sport

The eventual plan is to offer the R-Sport option on multiple models with varied engine choices, but the rollout begins with Jaguar Jaguar ’s 2.2-liter, diesel engine. With 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the engine should have more than enough thrust for the average buyer.

Shifting duties are handled by Jaguars ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission. The XF R-Sport also comes with a Stop-Start system to cut fuel consumption.

Engine2.2-liter in-line 4cyl diesel
Capacity (cc)2179
Peak Power (HP@rpm)160 @ 3500
Peak Torque (lbs-ft@rpm)295 @ 2000-5500
TransmissionEight-speed automatic
Intelligent Stop/StartYes
0-60mph (secs)9.8
Top Speed (mph/km/h)130/209

Prices

Pricing for the new Jaguar XF R-Sport has not been announced.

Competitors

BMW 5 Series M-Sport

BMW 5-Series

The Germans are the obvious competitor to the Jaguar. The 5 Series is BMW’s answer to the mid-size luxury sports sedan market, and like the new R-Sport is available with an M-Sport package that offers mostly visual enhancements designed to make it look faster than it really is. Where BMW BMW excels is their ability to offer upgraded performance parts with these option packages. From enhanced wheels to better brakes and uprated suspension components, the BMW favors performance over visual substance.

It is very likely the Jaguar will best the BMW in the pricing department. A base 528i rings in at $50,425; over 8k more than the Audi. The BMW has horsepower on its side with a base four-cylinder that promises 240 ponies. If you are willing to pay for it, the BMW also has a much more powerful high-end engine option, a 4.4-liter, turbocharged V-8 that produces 445 horsepower.

If you want that level of power in the Jaguar, you won’t need an R-Sport visual upgrade, as you will already be in the XFR.

Audi A6 S-Line

Audi A6

The Audi A6 is the business suit of the German sedans. Its simple and clean design is the least offensive of the German trio. For a little extra cash you can spec the S-Line visual package that ups the aggressiveness of the A6. Not by much, mind you, but enough to make a difference.

U.S. engine options for the A6 include the Volkswagen Group’s venerable 2.0-liter turbo with 220 horsepower or a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6. Despite being supercharged, Audi still calls it a 3.0T. This motor dumps 310 horsepower to the wheels and is only available with quattro AWD. The 2.0T is sold in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. A V-6 TDI is also available, and brings with it a near 40 mpg EPA rating.

It is hard to talk pricing without a U.S. release, but the Audi has always been on the bargain of the scale with its $42k base MSRP. Some of the option packs can get out of hand, but the highest trim level still only starts at $57k.

Conclusion

Jaguar XF R-Sport

I may not be a huge fan of cars that adds visual flair without the extra grunt, but that doesn’t mean the Jaguar XF R-Sport is a bad car. It is a smart business decision, and many buyers are only looking for a better looking car, not necessarily a faster one. As it stands, the current R-Sport with its diesel engine is not bound for U.S. showrooms, but once Jaguar expands the option across the lineup, expect to see R-Sport badges in your local dealer’s showroom.

LOVE IT
  • Nice visual upgrades
  • Enhanced interior materials
  • Available in sedan or wagon
LEAVE IT
  • Only available with diesel engine currently
  • Doesn’t add any actual speed or performance improvements
  • Not U.S. bound...yet

Press Release

The first Jaguars to wear the new R-Sport badge, the XF R-Sport Saloon and Sportbrake represent a compelling combination of elegance and real-world efficiency, helping to reduce the tax burdens on drivers and fleet managers alike while still retaining the luxury and refinement already associated with the XF range. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine is offered in combination with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system and an eight-speed gearbox, enabling the XF R-Sport to deliver the performance and driver appeal expected of a Jaguar along with reduced emissions and greatly improved fuel consumption. A range of exterior and interior enhancements lend the car an assertive appearance on the road and a sporty, cosseting feel within the cabin.

Turbo diesel engine

Jaguar XF R-Sport

Jaguar’s four-cylinder, 2.2-litre diesel 163PS engine, which works in combination with an eight-speed automatic transmission, has new larger Exhaust Gas Recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly which combine to reduce emissions figures by a further 6g/km of CO2 over the 2013 Jaguar XF. The R-Sport is capable of achieving 57.7mpg with a CO2 figure of just 129g/km. An appealing proposition to company car drivers and fleet managers, the XF R-Sport represents all the benefits of driving a Jaguar along with greater fuel economy and reduced emissions.

TSS/Stop-Start system

Jaguar XF R-Sport

The XF R-Sport’s low emissions figures are helped further by Jaguar’s Stop-Start system, which uses a Twin Solenoid Starter (TSS) to shut down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarting it in less time than it takes for the driver’s foot to move from the brake to the accelerator. The system also offers ’change of mind’ functionality, enabling the engine to quickly restart even during its rundown phase to allow the driver to, for example, exploit a gap in traffic at a junction. An illuminated ’ECO’ symbol appears on the Instrument Panel when the engine has been stopped by the system. Stop-Start can be turned off manually, but it will automatically be turned on again for the vehicle’s next journey with every ignition cycle. The system operates in all modes apart from Reverse.

The XF R-Sport has a secondary battery fitted specifically for engine re-starting, meaning that all the normal car systems - such as the entertainment system, the ventilation and lights - continue to receive power from the standard car battery and are unaffected by the re-start. In addition, a complex control system ensures that the Stop/Start operation only occurs when the car does not require the engine for other functions.

Design

Jaguar XF R-Sport

Launched in 2008, the XF introduced a coupe-like profile to the sporting saloon template and received plaudits worldwide for its seductive combination of dynamics, performance, quality, design and luxury. A saloon with the soul of a Jaguar sports car, the XF has won accolades and enthusiastic fans across the globe for its dynamic abilities and dramatic looks.

The 2014 XF R-Sport model features a Sport front bumper, ’R’ style side sills and a unique rear spoiler which combine to give the car an assertive, purposeful appearance on the road. 17" Ursa alloy wheels, fitted with 17" low rolling resistance tyres to help further reduce emissions, add to the XF R-Sport’s sporting profile, as do the optional Black styling packs which lend the car additional on-road presence. The R-Sport interior features a new charcoal on charcoal interior, including Suedecloth seats available with contrast stitching in either Dove, Tan or Red. The interior is further complimented with a selection of Dark Oak, Piano Black or Carbon Fibre veneers to choose from. A Jet Morzine headlining comes as standard while a Dove headliner is available as an option and also for when a sunroof is specified. There is also the option of upgrading to a Jet Suedecloth headlining. Bright stainless steel foot pedals and unique badging for the side power vent and the steering wheel set off the XF R-Sport’s purposeful intent. Gloss black window surrounds are standard for the XF R-Sport while an extended black pack is also available which includes full gloss black grille surround, gloss black lower bumper inserts, gloss black trunk lid finisher and gloss black roof rails for Sportbrake.


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