Ballistic Jaguar XFR-S slides onto LA Auto Show stage right

You have to admire a company that’s willing to issue press photographs of its latest and greatest performance sedan sliding with its tail out right next to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

For those that complained that the XFR wasn’t potent enough for their liking, the XFR-S packs an uprated 5-litre supercharged V8 engine. A flex of the right foot you can unleashed 450kW (542hp) of power and 680Nm (501lb-ft) of torque onto an unsuspecting piece of tarmac; that’s up 29kW and 55Nm over the XFR. In its full glory the XFR-S can race from 0 to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h (186mph).

Power is funnelled to the rear wheels via a 8-speed “Quickshift” automatic transmission. Naturally the car rides of stiffer suspension (30 percent to be precise) and rolls on 20-inch forged alloy wheels. An aggressive bodykit, including a ’90s style rear wing, is fashioned out of carbon fibre and is said to reduce lift by around 68 percent.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]