Making its world premier in Los Angeles, the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S is the quickest, fastest and most powerful production sedan in the automaker's history. Setting its sights on cars like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Porsche Panamera Turbo, only 100 of these high-profile and even higher-performance 4-doors will be heading to America for the 2014 model year, with the first set to arrive here starting next summer.
The second vehicle in Jag's "R-S" Ultra-Cat category, the XFR-S packs the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as its pioneering XKR-S cousin. Here, too, the engine makes 550 horsepower - up from 510 in the baseline XFR model - and 502 lb-ft of tarmac-torturing torque. Backed by a specially programmed, paddle-activated ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, it can send the car streaking from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to an electronically-limited terminal velocity of 186 mph. Despite that extra muscle, the XFR-S still carries the same 23 mpg EPA highway rating as the XFR.
Honed by thousands of development miles on the fabled Nurburgring circuit, the underpinnings on the XFR-S are tuned to take full advantage of its formidable might. Custom-tailored lightweight suspension elements, stiffer bushings and revamped geometry adds a new level of precision and control complemented by bespoke programming for the car's Adaptive Dynamics continuously-variable damping and Dynamic Stability Control systems. Rounding out the hardware mix is the Jaguar High Performance Braking System and 20-inch Varuna lightweight alloy wheels that mount bespoke Pirelli tires - 265/30s up front and 295/30s in the rear.
To ensure the new Jaguar XFR-S looks the part of super sedan, the car gets a number of unique visual cues designed to embolden the appearance while enhancing its aerodynamic characteristics. Up front, the more aggressive fascia features a black mesh grille, bigger intakes and a carbon fiber front splitter. The more deeply sculpted lower sills and aero blades help optimize air flow along the side of the car while buyers can choose from two different but highly functional rear wing designs. Jag claims the net effect of all the bodywork modifications on the XFR-S helps cut overall lift at speed by 68 percent.
That high-performance character extends to the cabin of the XFR-S, as well. The seats are covered in Warm Charcoal leather with carbon-effect leather accents while Dark Mesh aluminum is used on the dash fascia. Even the audio package is enthusiast grade: an 825-watt/18-speaker Meridian Trifield System with proprietary digital processing and surround sound.
Pricing for the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S will start at $99,000 plus destination fees that currently add an additional $875 to the bottom line of all 2013 Jag models.