Jaguar's M5 rival takes shape


It seems as though Jaguar’s return to form is set to continue apace, with the news this morning that the firm is planning an even hotter, more extreme variant of the XFR.

Engine, styling closely related to XKR-S
Engine, styling closely related to XKR-S
So far, Jaguar has only given us this one teaser image, without a great deal of information to go with it, but it's expected that the new car will feature the fantastic supercharged 5.0 V8 that’s currently slotted into the shapely nose of the XKR-S.

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.

XFR-S pitched squarely at BMW M5
XFR-S pitched squarely at BMW M5
What’s more, if the XKR-S is anything to go by, the new car should be a bit of a looker too. The teaser pic suggests gaping air dams, plenty of traditional Jaguar mesh, and a smattering of carbon fibre where the chrome would usually sit on lesser models. It’s further evidence of the firm’s attempts to shrug off its old-man image, and if it’s anything like the car we expect it to be, the XFR-S will go a long way towards blowing away some of the cobwebs.

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.

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  • Beefmeister 27 Nov 2012

    I WISH said:
    Such a shame. At a stroke Jaguar will have alienated about 50% of their potential customers with the ill advised addition of that ludicrous rear wing.

    Even if it's a deletable option I imagine that some customers will not wish to be even associated with a car that is so un-Jaguar. May even affect sales of more mainstream XFs.

    Who do think their untapped market is? Subaru drivers?

    sperm
    With all due respect, I think you're talking out of your ass.

    You really think this will affect sales of other Jags? I just really hope they make an XFR Sportbrake. Then I can picture my ideal 2-car garage being an XFR-S Sportbrake and an F-Type V8S. Yum.

  • I WISH 27 Nov 2012

    Such a shame. At a stroke Jaguar will have alienated about 50% of their potential customers with the ill advised addition of that ludicrous rear wing.

    Even if it's a deletable option I imagine that some customers will not wish to be even associated with a car that is so un-Jaguar. May even affect sales of more mainstream XFs.

    Who do think their untapped market is? Subaru drivers?

    sperm

  • AlexKing 22 Nov 2012

    tommy vercetti said:
    AlexKing said:
    elvisburger said:
    Jaguar have never been able to better the M5, even though they release their attempt a good while after the release of the BMW. Maybe with the artificial feel of F10 and that bks of a gearbox, they might have a chance -- why can't BMW just stick a f'ing manual in the big barge, then nothing could compare.
    Define "better" - I'd sooner have the current XFR than any of the German rivals. When you get to this stage, 500bhp vs 560bhp makes fk all odds on the road - it's more about how it makes you feel. In the Jag you're a gentleman or (better) a cad. In an M5 you're a pushy twunt executive. And it's probably grey.
    You chat crap.
    Care to elaborate? Or just chuck insults?

    Here's another thing - people smile at you in a jag and let you out at junctions - especially in our mutual home of Birmingham.

    As for David Niven - I'll take that; he DID play Bond...

  • CambsBill 22 Nov 2012

    RWD or will they be using the 4WD layout that's just been announced for the North American Market?

  • tommy vercetti 22 Nov 2012

    AlexKing said:
    elvisburger said:
    Jaguar have never been able to better the M5, even though they release their attempt a good while after the release of the BMW. Maybe with the artificial feel of F10 and that bks of a gearbox, they might have a chance -- why can't BMW just stick a f'ing manual in the big barge, then nothing could compare.
    Define "better" - I'd sooner have the current XFR than any of the German rivals. When you get to this stage, 500bhp vs 560bhp makes fk all odds on the road - it's more about how it makes you feel. In the Jag you're a gentleman or (better) a cad. In an M5 you're a pushy twunt executive. And it's probably grey.
    You chat crap.

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