Jaguar Unleashes XFR-S Performance Sedan in LA


542 supercharged horsepower in a limited-production Jag. Where do we sign up?

Jaguar Land Rover has big plans to expand its R-S range. What started with the XKR-S coupe was quickly followed by an XKR-S convertible, and a Range Rover Sport R-S is also said to be in the works. We wouldn't be half surprised to see an Evoque R-S before all is said and done, but before the supercharged Leaping Cat jumps over to its high-riding corporate cousin, Jaguar is presenting the new XFR-S performance sedan this week at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the XKR-S, Jaguar new four-door muscle machine packs 542 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque for a 4.4-second 0-60 time and an electronically-limited 186 mph (300 km/h) top speed. Of course a European performance sedan can't be all about muscle, so Jaguar's engineers tinkered with the active differential and stability control, gave it a set of 20-inch wheels fitted to a performance-optimized suspension that's 30% stiffer than the XFR's and fitted it with a comprehensive aero kit featuring larger intakes, side sills and a carbon diffuser and big wing at the back.

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Only 100 examples are earmarked for the United States in 2014, with another 100 expected to follow the following year, each priced at $99,000. That makes the new 542hp XFR-S nearly sixteen grand dearer than the existing XFR (510 hp), and a good ten grand more expensive than the Mercedes E63 AMG (518 hp) or BMW M5 (560 hp). We smell the distinct smell of burning rubber from a comparison test wafting this way.

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