Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is a 542-HP Wagon


New sports wagon can sprint to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds; goes on sale in April.

Ahead of its imminent unveiling at Geneva, the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake has broken cover with the carmaker’s glorious 5.0-liter supercharged V8 lurking under the hood. Developing 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, the Leaping Cat’s hi-po wagon is good for a 4.8-second 0-62 mph time and a top speed limited to 186 mph. Sending power to the rear wheels is an eight-speed automatic box with Quickshift technology that debuted on the F-Type.

The aim is to make for a more responsive transmission, while the engine management system will automatically blip the throttle when downshifting manually or in Sport mode. ‘Corner recognition’ is another new feature, which senses the car travelling on a bend and retains the correct ratio on exit. The XFR-S Sportbrake comes with custom 20-inch Varuna alloys wrapped in bespoke Pirelli rubber, a new roof-mounted rear spoiler, and upgraded bumpers with carbon-fiber trim. The extra load in the back is managed by an upgraded rear suspension, while other chassis revisions include the tweaking of the adaptive damping, Dynamic Stability Control system and active electronic rear diff, as well as high-performance brakes.

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Inside, Jaguar has upholstered the cabin in Warm Charcoal and carbon-effect leather, R-S logo embossed seats and Dark Aluminum trim, with pumping sounds coming via a 18-speaker Meridian sound system. Order books for the potent estate open in April with Jaguar pricing the XFR-S Sportbrake at £82,495 in the UK.