High-performance wagons (or estate cars, if you prefer) are hard to come by in the United States, though are more commonly found abroad, particularly in Europe. Audi and Mercedes each have hot versions of their respective estates, and Cadillac too has the wagon version of the CTS-V. But not letting the Germans or Americans get away with all the fun, Jaguar is joining the fray with the XFR-S Sportbrake — and it doesn’t disappoint.
Revealed in pictures ahead of its Geneva debut, the XFR-S doesn’t present anything completely unexpected. It looks, for those familiar with the sedan, much like one would expect the estate version to look like; it’s virtually identical from the front, and the lights from the XFR-S sedan translate nicely onto the redesigned backend. The rear window and roofline are nicely raked, but not to the point where one would confuse it for the coupe-sedans like the A7 or CLS.
Under the hood, the vroom-vroom is supplied by Jaguar’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine with 542 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission. The Jag will do zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds, and the car is limited to 186 — which seems kind of pointless, really.
However, in order to lead the segment, the Jaguar will have to rely on driving dynamics and experience. That much horsepower is a lot by most standards, but it trails the Mercedes’ 577, and the Audi RS6’s 552 (though we Americans don’t have that model here.) Both of those cars can reach 60 in under four seconds, so the Jag won’t be owning any drag heats.
Notably, the Jaguar is rear-wheel driven whilst the Mercedes and Audi are all-wheel drive. Further, the price for the Jag — quoted at 82,495 pounds — is more than the Audi, but less than the E63 S Model Mercedes, comfortable nestling between the two.
So what will the Jaguar bring to the table? Well, its almost assured that the XFR-S will share that lovely engine note that the British company has perfected with the F-Type Coupe and its other R and R-S offerings. More importantly though, the Jaguar offers choice. It’s appealing because it’s not a BMW, not a Mercedes, and not an Audi — Jaguars are still unique and characteristic in their own way. Sadly, Autoblog isn’t counting on Jaguar bringing the XFR-S estate here, so we’ll have to make do with the sedan variation.
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