New Jaguar XFR-S Review
Jaguar XFR-S Performance And Handling
The Jaguar XFR-S is powerful enough to rip a pedestrian's clothes off at five-hundred yards. As such this large, luxurious and prestigious saloon hits 60mph in 4.4 seconds. Imagine that. It is stationary, then by the time the motorist counts “one, two, three and four” it is travelling close to the motorway speed limit. Maximum velocity is 186mph which is fast enough to melt clothes. Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine that propels 550PS to the rear wheels via eight-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox can either fire relentlessly between the cogs or help the car cruise smoothly. The driver can also select the gears manually via paddles close to the steering wheel. But power is nothing without control. As such, the suspension is stiffer than its siblings – and that was obvious within the few feet of my test. This helps it corner with confidence and complements the adaptive dampers that stiffen and soften the suspension according to the conditions. So, while cruising on a straight road the dampers might be soft(ish) to provide a comfortable ride then – while charging through corners – they stiffen to minimise roll. The XFR-S also has traction control to reduce wheel spin. But be careful. Despite such wizardry there is only so much technology can do to tame the monstrous power – so drivers that get over confident might lose more than their clothing.