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Jaguar XFR-S Is The Family Cat's Meow

Perfect for feisty felines who need four doors.

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Jaguar’s taken another step into AMG and M territory with the new XFR-S, which promises to take the already-beloved XFR and make it faster, sharper, and even more likely to encourage sketchy behavior and reckless hooniganism. Which means it just might wind up being our new favorite four-door.

Providing all that rear-wheel-spinning grunt is an uprated version of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0 liter V8, here making 542 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. With the engine and wheels connected by an eight-speed automatic, the XFR-S will run from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and run all the way to 186 mph, when a governor comes in to stop the fun. Should your spider-sense warn you of a nearby cop, 15″ brake discs up front and 14.8″ discs in the rear haul the XFR-S back down to legal speeds with ease.

The XFR-S should be a bit more agile on its paws than its less potent brothers, thanks to a modified suspension, new programming for the car’s host of electronic safety and control systems, and 20″ wheels wearing 265/35/20 Pirellis up front front and 295/30/20 rubber in the rear. “What we have given the XFR-S is greater handling capacity, greater precision and greater capability,” raves Jaguar’s chief vehicle integrity engineer Mike Cross. Okay, he’s not the most unbiased source we could think of, but for now, we’re taking his word for it.

And much as the XKR received its fair share of exterior tweaks in becoming the XKR-S, the XFR-S benefits from quite a few visual modifications to set it apart from lesser XFs. The new front faschia is deeper and more aggressive, the moldings behind the rear wheels have been extended down, and there’s even a choice of not one but two spoilers for the rear trunk. And while we usually wouldn’t say this about a $100,000 sedan…that spoiler actually looks pretty good. Don’t count on seeing too much of it, though—Jaguar will only import 100 examples to the United States per year for the next two years.

But at the end of the day, you know how we know the XFR-S is going to be one awesome car? Because they included a bunch of pictures of it powersliding around in the official media shots. And if Jaguar’s official line is to celebrate that sort of hooning with the car…we know they’re proud of what it can do. [via Jaguar, Carscoop]


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