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2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

Oh look, another super-hot wagon that won’t be making its way to the US. Awesome.

Actually, in all honesty, it really is awesome. Meet the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, a red-hot (or blue-hot?) version of the rakish XF wagon that originally bowed at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2012. The formula here is pretty much plug-and-play: take the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the XFR-S and shove it in the wagon body, and add all of the necessary visual flair fitting of a properly powerful Jag. The end result is an estate that packs 542 horsepower, 502 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour in a scant 4.6 seconds. Meow.

This Jaguar joins a growing segment of ultra-hot wagons in Europe, rounded out by offerings like the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG longroof – the latter of which you can actually buy in North America. Sounds like the sort of comparison test we’d love to facilitate. Guess we’ll have to leave that to our friends at Autocar, though.

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is one hot hauler originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 5th, 2014

Official: Jaguar XF gets performance-look R-Sport trim

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Jaguar XF R-Sport

If you’re looking for all the style of a sports sedan but without the added expense of springing for a full-on performance model (and keeping it fed with fuel and fresh tires), most European automakers will gladly hook you up with an all-show, no-go package. BMW has its M-Sport aero kits, Audi its S-Line, and Mercedes its AMG Sport packs. And now Jaguar is getting in on the action with the launch of the new R-Sport line.

Set to be introduced on the XF at the Geneva Motor Show, the R-Sport trim at least some of the flash of the XFR or XFR-S but with a more economical engine and a relatively accessible price of entry. (This is, after all, still a Jag.) The XF R-Sport is distinguished by a sportier front bumper, side sills, rear spoiler, 17-inch wheels and unique badging to set it apart from any “ordinary” Jaguar XF. The interior is upgraded as well, and there’s an optional black styling pack to take things even further.

Jaguar is offering the XF R-Sport in either sedan or wagon form with the 2.2-liter turbodiesel producing 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, fitted with a spot-start system to make it a far more frugal option than the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in the real deal. Although this version won’t be coming to US as you see it here, Jaguar tells Autoblog it’s always possible it’ll produce a similar aesthetic treatment for the North American market – just don’t count on such models arriving under diesel motivation. We’ll take a closer look at them in Geneva next week, but for now, you can check out the gallery and press release below for an idea of what to expect.

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Jaguar XF gets performance-look R-Sport trim originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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February 26th, 2014

Official: Jaguar lifts the tailgate on XFR-S Sportbrake

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Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

In the market for an amped-up Jaguar? Look for the letter R, adorning such performance models as the XFR and XJR sedans, the XKR coupe and convertible and the new F-Type R. But if it’s bonkers performance you’re after, you’ll want to add the letter S into the mix as well. Jaguar uses the letters to connote its most hard-core performance variants like the two-door XKR-S and four-door XFR-S. And now it’s applied them to the XF wagon as well, skipping the R treatment and going straight for the new XFR-S Sportbrake.

Leaked just the other day and headed for the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar has now revealed its new power wagon in full. The XFR-S Sportbrake packs Coventry’s ubiquitous 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine boasting 542 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That’s the same version that powers the XKR-S and XFR-S sedan (not to mention the F-Type R and XJR), and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic to rocket the estate to 60 in 4.6 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.

That may be pretty quick, but doesn’t quite stack up to the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Estate whose 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 offers up 577 hp and 590 lb-ft for a 3.6-second 0-60 time, or to the Audi RS6 Avant whose 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 churns out 552 hp and 516 lb-ft for a 3.9-second 0-62 sprint. Though the Jaguar is only a little behind in output, it’s a good second slower where it’s measured. Granted that the Benz and the Audi are both all-wheel-drive where the Jaguar powers the rear only, but if four-wheel traction is how you get the power to the road, we wonder why Jaguar wouldn’t fall in line. Particularly when the Jag’s starting price in the UK (don’t expect to see it imported here) is quoted at £82,495 – several grand more than the £76,985 RS6 but just shy of the £85,880 Mercedes gets for the E63 S-Model wagon in the UK (where the less potent ‘base’ version is also available as the cheapest in the bunch at £75,885).

Does that make the XFR-S Sportbrake any less impressive? Not if you have your heart set on driving a Jag at high speeds and bringing everyone along for the ride. In which case you’ll want to scope out the details in the press release below and the high-resolution images in the gallery above.

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Jaguar lifts the tailgate on XFR-S Sportbrake originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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February 25th, 2014

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake Is The Big Cat You Really Want

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The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake Is The Big Cat You Really Want

The Jaguar XFR-S is a fantastic car. That much we know. But we all know what would make it much MUCH better as well – if it came in a wagon version. It looks like our prayers have been answered by the British boffins, but only if you don’t live in America.

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February 23rd, 2014

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF mule spied in Germany

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2016 Jaguar XF mule spy shots

From our best guess, the Jaguar test mule shown in these spy shots could very well be our first glimpse at the next-generation Jaguar XF, due out around the 2016 model year. The current XF has been around for five years already (launched in 2008), and this mule is likely testing powertrain or chassis components for a new version of the midsize Jaguar sedan.

With what seems to be a stretched wheelbase and wider track, this is almost certainly not a mule for the 3 Series-fighting Jaguar XS. That being said, though, there is also the outside chance that this could be a mule for other future Jaguar Land Rover products including a production version of the Jaguar C-X17 crossover or the Jaguar-based Range Rover Grand Evoque. Only time will tell what these images truly foretell, but if nothing else, it proves that Jaguar is definitely staying busy these days.

2016 Jaguar XF mule spied in Germany originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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October 30th, 2013

Video: Jaguar XFR-S pitted against Mercedes E63 AMG

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Jaguar XFR-S vs. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG - video screencap

It was Steve Sutcliffe at Autocar who got the tough job of comparing the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the limited edition Jaguar XFR-S on the track and sheep-strewn British B-roads. In UK spec both Mephistophelean sedans wrangle the same 542 horsepower, but step out of the corral and things look to weigh heavily in the Mercedes’ favor: it has more torque, it’s lighter, it’s quicker from 0-to-60 and it’s less expensive.

But that’s on paper. Sutcliffe was given the job to see what effect all those letters and numbers had on the real-world driving experience. One of them is “an absolute hoot at the track” with great steering and weight management, one is “magnificent.” To find out which is which, watch the video below.

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Jaguar XFR-S pitted against Mercedes E63 AMG originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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