Geneva 2014 Preview: Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake to make world premiere

Geneva 2014 Preview: Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake to make world premiere image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Jaguar Press | posted February 26, 2014 10:10

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake offers track-attack performance complete with executive sedan comfort.

Jaguar will be at the 84th Geneva Motor Show for the global launch of the third and newest addition to the R-S lineup and only the second vehicle after the XFR-S Saloon to enter the 300km/h club, the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.  It takes two of the best in the Jaguar sports car stable, the XKR-S and the all-new F-TYPE two-seater sports car, to produce ‘the most driver-focused, agile and responsive iteration of Jaguar’s award-winning XF model range.’

XFRS Sportbrake

“Combining real-world versatility with electrifying performance, the XFR-S Sportbrake brings Jaguar’s sporting character to life in a truly engaging car that will satisfy the most demanding of drivers while fitting into the most active of lifestyles,” said Dean Murden, Vehicle Programme Director, Jaguar.

It all starts with the all-aluminium quad-cam supercharged 5.0L V8 petrol engine, pushing at 550PS and pulling with 680Nm of torque and features spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT).  Mated to an eight-speed transmission with Jaguar’s ‘Quickshift’ technology, which provides ‘the quickest, crispest shifts via rapid and precisely timed engine torque intervention,’ the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake will accelerate to 60mph in 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and top off at 186mph (300km/h). 

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One of the many features of ‘Quickshift’ is Corner Recognition allowing it the car to negotiating a bend while holding on to the correct gear for power on the exit.

To lessen Jaguar’s impact on the environment, the four-valve cylinder heads are constructed from recycled aluminium.  A Roots-type twin vortex supercharger is fed by two intercoolers that have a dedicated water-cooling circuit to reduce the temperature of the pressurized air and optimize power and efficiency.

Taking and tweaking the suspension of the XFRS-S Saloon to handle the extra rear mass of the XFR-S Sportbrake, the driver will get more feedback from the road inspiring confidence in challenging situations.

Aside from revisions to the rear spring rates and the adaptive damper tune, the active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings have been recalibrated to let the driver squeeze the most out of the allow the enthusiastic driver to make the most of the XFR-S Sportbrake.

The exterior reflects the minor differences between the standard Sportbrake and the model with the XFR-S badge.  The extended roofline gives an extra 48mm of headroom to rear-seat passengers while the 60:40 split fold seats of added functionality by offering 1675 liters of storage space.

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The front bumper is redesigned and is now deeper and features central and side air intakes for more efficient cooling properties.  The front intakes include a symposer that send induction noise into the cabin to create an audial effect to fuel the excitement of acceleration. Aerodynamic improvements include a front splitter on the bumper, extended side sills, aeroblade mouldings behind the front wheels, deeper side mouldings behind the rear wheels and a central carbon fiber diffuser on the extended rear bumper.

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To keep it glued to the ground, the XFR-S Sportbrake uses wider, six-spoke, 20-inch lightweight Varuna forged alloy wheels that come with a ceramic polish or as an option, full black gloss or technical grey.  The tires, 265/35-front and 295/30-rear, were developed by Pirelli exclusively for the XFR-S Sportbrake.

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake comes in either Ultra Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red.

XFR-S Sportbrake rear

These colors are complemented on the interior’s leather trim on the seats and doors with the use of carbon effect leather.  This treatment is obvious on the seat bolsters and arm rests.  The micro-piping and stitching of the seats, embossed with the R-S logo, comes in either red, blue or ivory and extends all the way to the top of the dashboard that comes with a Dark Aluminium finish unique to the R-S, complete with the badge.

Audio entertainment is route to an 825W, 18-speaker system from British audio experts Meridian that features the Trifield System, which gives every passenger ‘their own perfectly focused surround-sound arena.’

Handling all the power and enhancements are revised electronic programs that utilize Adaptive Dynamics, active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control systems to deliver superb balance and performance.

Adaptive Dynamics adjusts damper rates at 500 times per second depending on road conditions and if Dynamic Mode is selected, it will offer a firmer ride for better handling and feel.

Jaguar’s active electronic differential has the ability to provide full locking torque almost instantaneously when necessary.   It has been recalibrated to accommodate the greater grip offered by the wider rear tyres, enhanced suspension and the engine output.

XFR-S Sportbrake Technical specification*




5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol

Capacity (cc)


Bore/Stroke (mm)


Peak Power (PS@rpm)


Peak Power (kW@rpm)


Peak Torque
(lb/ft @rpm)


Peak Torque (Nm@rpm)



Eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic

0-60mph (secs)


0-100km/h (secs)


Top Speed (mph | km/h)

186 | 300 (electronically limited)

Combined Economy
(EU mpg | l/100km)

22.2 | 12.7

CO2 Emissions (g/km)


 *Manufacturer’s figures