Goodwood Festival of Speed

Jaguar XFR-S Dynamically Debuts

Former Le Mans champ drives Jaguar's new super-sedan up the hill at Goodwood.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed may not be coming around until the summer, but a company like Jaguar isn’t about to sit around waiting. Instead it brought its new XFR-S to the estate and ran it up the hill during the event's press preview. The XFR-S was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, but this is the first time it’s been seen in motion. And what motion: it packs a 550hp supercharged V8 for a 4.4-second 0-60 time and a 186-mph top speed.

Finished in Italian Racing Red instead of the French racing blue that appeared on the show car, the XFR-S was piloted by 1988 Le Mans winner Andy Wallace. It was joined on the Goodwood Hill by a series of classics from the Jaguar Heritage Trust, including a 1962 Jaguar MkII and a short-nose 1954 D-Type. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 powering the XFR-S can also be found in the XKR-S coupe and convertible, and from next week's debut at the New York Auto Show, will also power the new XJR.

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