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2014 JAGUAR XFR-S SEDAN. Click image to enlarge

Article by Grant Yoxon, photos by Grant Yoxon and courtesy Jaguar

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sedan

At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar showed its upcoming 2014 XFR-S Sedan. The Sedan joins the 2012 XKR-S as the second model in the ultra-high performance R-S range.

With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque under the hood in the form of a blown 5.0L, the XFR-S certainly has the credentials to qualify as ultra-high performance. It is the fastest and most powerful sedan ever produced by Jaguar. Jaguar says the four-door will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.6 seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h, enough for most tracks in North America.

Behind the motor is an eight-speed automatic with “Quickshift” technology that can be shifted fully in automatic mode or by paddle shifters. The transmission will blip the throttle on downshifts, hold a lower gear automatically through corners and during quick overtaking maneuvers, and perform multiple and very rapid downshifts during hard braking.

The XFR-S’s suspension has been seriously upgraded for track performance. Overall lateral suspension stiffness has been increased by 30 percent front and rear, with front and rear spring rates increased by the same amount. Front suspension knuckles have been revised in line with those found on the XKR-S to achieve the increased camber and castor stiffness.

At the rear, a new sub-frame enabled revisions to suspension geometry, stiffer bushings, new rear knuckles, and stiffer springs. The XFR-S uses new lightweight, forged 20-inch Varuna alloy wheels. These are a half-inch wider at the front and an inch wider at the rear compared to the wheels on the XFR. The tires, developed in conjunction with Pirelli exclusively for the XFR-S, are 265/35R20 and 295/30R20 front/rear.

Changes on the inside are limited to carbon leather on the seat bolsters and armrests and a dark mesh aluminum dash. Buyers may choose contrasting color stitching and micro piping, which can be matched to the exterior paint scheme.

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