JAGUAR'S M5 RIVAL TAKES SHAPE
Jag announces the XFR-S super-saloon, expected to use the 550hp V8 from the hottest XK
That engine kicks out 550hp and 501lb ft of torque, giving it enough oomph to get the big coupe to 60mph in 4.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 186mph. OK, so the XFR-S will probably be a tad weightier and a touch less aerodynamic, but not by enough of a margin to make a noticeable dent in those figures.
The new car is undoubtedly a direct result of the F10 BMW M5’s arrival on the hypersaloon scene. The M5’s 560hp output trounces the 510hp offered by the standard XFR, and the R-S is intended to be Jaguar’s riposte. Assuming the latter takes the XKR-S’s engine in unaltered form, it’ll be 10hp down on the M5, but that won’t make it any less of a rival, as its performance figures should be on a par.
Look out for news of the big reveal, which should take place November 28. Of course, if you can't wait for the XFR-S to come along, you can now get hold of an original XFR for less than 30 grand - not bad for a car which was reckoned to be a real challenger to the crown of the E60 M5.