Jaguar XFR-S: Our Speculation
Later this week, the L.A Auto Show opens its doors. With it, comes several debuts from car companies around the world, but there’s one in particular I really want to speculate on. The most popular kid in the room at L.A is Jaguar. Along with the F-Type, Jag is also set to show off the Jaguar XFR-S. Building off the hype from the teaser image Jag released last week, along with the statement that it will be “the fastest and most powerful saloon Jaguar has ever produced.” I am here to add fuel to the fire with not so much speculation, as educated guessing. Back in June, I had the privilege of attending a Jaguar/ Land Rover Experience day at the Jaguar Heritage museum in England. The event is set up so that the press can test drive the entire line of Jags and Land Rovers along with special guest cars from their massive museum. And it was there that I was let loose on English country roads in the likes of the XF and the XFR along side the XK, XKR and XKR-S (the education for my guessing). Engine choice for the XFR-S is most likely going to be the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the most focused XK. So it’s not the power, but the handling, ride and experience I want to predict. By using the Gear-Head Transitive property (a form of math I just created), where if XK=XF and XKR=XFR than surely XKR-S= Most-epic-tail-happy-sedan…ever. Through a corner the XKR-S feels planted and confidence inspiring but poke the throttle too much on exit and the back end is more than happy to slide out. Suspension is even harder than on the XKR but because there is also a need for some comfort (because it’s a Jag), the suspension set-up is just soft enough, so it lacks feel when the wheels start to spin. But it’s so manageable almost any one can keep the car from going through the bend backwards. I can only hope that this unhinged character makes its way to the XFR-S. A bigger sedan would mean you need more room but the longer car means that it’s even more capable to hold a slide (something we all want to see).
Inside the cabin, I’m predicting carbon fiber to replace the wood trim and carbon fiber lined sport seats to replace the current lazy-boys. The mood lighting that soaks the interior would be one of the first things to go on the mission to save weight so expect a slight compromise in luxury for the sake of performance. That means less sound-proofing, we all want less soundproofing, we all need less sound-proofing. And, with that supercharged V8 up front, you’ll wish you had a seat next to it in the engine bay. For shear noise, there few better sounding modern V8s than the one Jag stamps out.
So, with its release a few days away we’ll get to see the figures. And when XFR-S rubber hits the road we’ll see if I pulled a Nostradamus or a Miss Cleo. Here’s hoping for the former.