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Jaguar XFR-S to be unveiled at LA Auto Show?

November 19, 2012

The Jaguar XFR is currently the British company’s key performance sedan, taking on the likes of the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG. It has been around since 2009 though, and it is slightly behind the two rivals in terms of power and technology. That’s where the XFR-S will step in.

Jaguar has been spotted testing prototypes of a more focused XFR sedan recently, featuring a sharper front end with a large rear spoiler at the back. The new model also showcases a more beefy braking package and is likely to be equipped with a serious – and possibly adaptive – suspension setup.

International reports say Jaguar will unveil the new XFR-S at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. It’s understood the car will come with a tweaked version of the XFR 5.0-litre supercharged V8, taking power from 375kW to an almighty 404kW (as seen in the XKR-S).

The more powerful unit would give the Jag a more competitive edge up against the 386kW AMG and the 412kW M5 rivals. Acceleration from 0-100km/h for instance, is likely to drop down into the low 4.0-seconds range (down from 4.9 in the XFR).

The new model is also expected to come with the company’s latest eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been announced for the MY13 XF range. This would provide better acceleration and fuel economy as opposed to the six-speed auto in the XFR.

The LA show starts November 30. Stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime we will be posting a full Jaguar XFR review and acceleration video in the next week or so.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.