Just 100 of the beasts will be available for the US (so for Canada, if available at all, do the math). But not to worry, my guess is they’ll be discounting this customized XF by this time 2014. Judging by the comments I heard at the LA Auto Show, it would be hard to imagine that in all of North America there are 100 individuals with the kind of cash that can buy almost any car that would want this sedan.

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2014 JAGUAR XFR-S SEDAN. Click image to enlarge

The XFR-S looks like it was designed from the Canadian Tire catalogue. The “aero” body kit, the big wing mounted on the trunk and the in your face French Racing Blue (there are four other less frightening colours) could have been applied on a weekend by a few well-intentioned, but not necessarily skilled, high school students.

Jaguar, of course, sees it differently: “Reflecting the changes under the skin, the XFR-S is distinguished from the XFR by subtle design changes that give it a distinctively assertive appearance while also enhancing aerodynamic performance.”

There is nothing subtle about the XFR-S. It is as distinctively assertive as a Rhinoceros in your swimming pool. And if we read further, the XFR-S probably needs a little aerodynamic enhancement if you want to live at 300 km/h.

Jaguar’s press materials say the aesthetics of the car were dictated by the aerodynamic solutions.
The “extended rear bumper also incorporates a central, carbon fiber diffuser, deeper than the item found on the XFR and which travels further under the rear of the car to help reduce lift.”

Preview: 2014 Jaguar XFR S Sedan car previews luxury cars jaguar auto shows 2013 autoshows 2012 la autoshow
2014 JAGUAR XFR-S SEDAN. Click image to enlarge

“Rear lift is also reduced through the fitment of a spoiler to manage the airflow coming off the top rear surface of the car. Two spoiler designs are available, both of which have been designed with the aid of computational fluid dynamics to provide optimally balanced aerodynamics. The larger of the two rear wings is constructed with a carbon fibre aero-foil center section. The combined result of the bodywork revisions is a reduction in overall lift of 68 percent.”

Or in other words (mine), thanks to a body kit we found in the basement of the LA Convention Centre (where aftermarket products are displayed) the XFR-S’s tendency to become airborne at speeds over 250 km/h has been reduced by 68 percent.

Crash test results
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

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