There's little question that the Jaguar XFR (pictured above at left) is an impressive cat, indeed. Five hundred horsepower and a healthy dose of British charm will do that for you, after all. The trouble is that with around 550 hp apiece, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and BMW M5 are that much more impressive. And so Jaguar is reportedly working on a hotter XFR-S.

The more extreme performance sedan has been touted for the past year or so, and has even been spied undergoing development work at the Nürburgring. Following a formula similar to what Jaguar employed to transform the XKR into the XKR-S (pictured above at center), the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in the XFR-S would have its output – and its price – raised to compete with ze Germans. That means 550 horses and about $90,000.

Would you shell out the extra $8k over the MSRP on the existing XFR, or for that matter, choose it over its rivals? Cast your vote in our poll below.



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      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had say $120,000 saved up to spend on a supersedan and it was my money, then the nearly $30k savings of the Caddy would be hard to ignore. Almost as fast as the new M5, new E63, and a little bit quicker than the old ones, it would deliver 95% of the driving performance for 70% of the price. The fact that the interior and quality-while outstanding for an American car, lags behind the Europeans wouldnt matter as much as the savings in both initial payment and maintenance. Throw those dollars back into the V and you would have supercar performance. But say, however, I am not a well off middle class worker but a very successful member of the upper class, with enough disposable income that money is virtually no object. I may already have a sportscar, so I would be looking for more than reliable raw speed. The Cadillac's small concessions in the name of competitive price become more of a glaring issue than the dollar savings. Even brand snobbery aside, I would want more than ultimate numbers bragging rights. I would want the most advanced technology, the coolest gee whiz, every little squeak and rattle banished from my chariot. It would need to have absolutely perfect interior amenities, because I am willing to pay for perfect. It would need to be classy, capable of acting as both an executive shuttle and occasionally a road burning maniac. So I wouldn't even strongly consider the Caddy, because why have 90% of a perfect supersedan when I can have 100%? This is probably where the Jaguar might fall, too. The ride is plush, it looks subtly beautiful, but an XFR-S will no doubt trade it in for bone crushing and tackier looking. Couple that with an interior that, despite the geeky cool revolving airvents and popup gear selector, is let down by Jag's infotainment and some (relative) quality missings. In the end, an incredibly smart and obsessive M5 versus the brawny AMG, I would be very hard pressed. The AMG might win in terms of interior design (BMW is too new age and technical) and definitely in the engine department. The BMW would feel like a God on a racetrack, and would be technically superior. It would be tough. I think if Jag wants to go with an XFR-S, in order to compete it must keep thr XFR's winning qualities of soft, luxurious interior with little sporting compromises, a supple ride, and gorgeous non tacky styling that makes the other 3 look like they are trying too hard. Just bump up the power, fix the buggy infotainment (according to reviews) and keep as much classic Jag eccentric soul, and it could be a home run. Problem with the XKR-S is that it tries to turn a GT car into a supercar, and now it's too heavy and compromised to be a real supercar, and too brash and vulgar to be a good GT. Not to mention the searing paintjob.
      Kiiks
      • 2 Years Ago
      We all know the CTS-V is the performance sedan bargain of the century. With its brutish good looks, it would be hard to turn down too. The XF is beautiful though. Against the Merc and Bimmer, I would have to say XFRS.
      Groagun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just imagine right now being able to make that choice. In front of you are the Jag, the Merq, the BMW and the Caddy(wagon for me). What do you do? Objectively they all have their strengths and weaknesses but we are spoiled for choice. I don't think Jag needs to do this model but what do I know, I think the XFR is great as is and more power may actually take away from it's charm and usability.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lame- Wahh, my 500hp Jag isn't as powerful as that M5. Better trade it for 50 more hp. Try losing some tonnage, learn to live with 250 less hp, and then call me. These car will all one day be stark reminders that one whole segment of motorheads didn't believe or car that oil is a limited resource in decline. What a waste.
      Robert Konick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, Jaguar should build it and I would consider buying one versus the German offerings. Why? It's actually simple. The model, like the XK-RS, would only sell in very limited numbers so sales figures really aren't an issue. You maybe talking about a couple of hundred cars total. The development costs are minimal as it's basically some slight tuning and aero to the existing XFR. The upside for Jag is that the magazine comparison wins give the company PR which in turn brings in buyers for all models. It also helps Jag continue to shed the stogy persona of it's past for a more sporting character which it needs to attract it's target demographic. As for Jag being around in the next few years, you've got to be kidding. Tata has committed billions of dollars to continuing the good work Ford has done. With expansion into AWD, hybrids and new segments (i.e. upcoming sports car and 3 series fighter), Jag is looking like a real contender. It's products are already winning over BMW, Audi and Mercedes drivers and quality is superior now to many of it's rivals.
      Ross Carlson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh, I was seriously considering the XF-R already now I suppose I'll have to wait and see if this comes to light!
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      "ze Germans" Yes, it's funny when Clarkson says it, isn't it? A bit like the dead parrot sketch is funny when it's the dead parrot sketch; but not when it's a student belabouredly acting it out.
      Reuben
      • 2 Years Ago
      isn't the nomenclature " XK - RS " ?
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      They already have the Supercharged and the R; I think they should just hot up the R - no need for another model, unless it has a completely obscene amount of power/handling ability compared to the competition - I'm thinking previous generation RS4 (420hp) vs previous gen M3 (333hp).
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        In that case 550hp wont cut it, that would only be on par. It would need 600+hp to stand out in power, and/or dropping 500lb and gaining semi racing suspension to stand out in handling.
          FoxJ30
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Exactly - if we're looking at 550hp, then the standard R should just get this kit next year. If they give it carbon fiber panels, a dual clutch, aero work, and 670hp, then it would deserve another letter.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't even put it in the same league as a plastic, souless CTS-V. Sure it has 40 more hp, but what american car DOESN'T out-power its competitors? Now, comparing it to BMW M5 and E63AMG...it is far less expensive, and will put up a good fight with those two cars. Jaguars cater to a specific crowd of customers, and those customers certainly arent Americans. The interior finish and overall feel of an XFR is unbelievable. I've also got to say, the XFR turns way more heads then an M5 or E63 would BUT, i love my bmw's and I wouldn't get the jaguar xfr / xfr-s..id save up a bunch and get the M5.. Americans are always so late to come out with competition...the CTS-V is like 20 years overdue Jaguars cater to
        Shanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        Jags don't cater to Americans? They're big, expensive, powerful and shiny. What planet are you from, again?
        Classic_Engr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        I agree with most of what you say, except for: "Jaguars cater to a specific crowd of customers, and those customers certainly arent Americans." I have a supercharged Jag, and I'm a red, white, and blue American. I love American cars and own one of those as well. And I love many European cars. They just appeal to people with different tastes. As you know, there is far more to luxury than lap times around the 'Ring. But if someone else likes the Cadillac, then by all means they should buy it. But they also should just be happy with it. However, if they still continue to carry around a huge chip on their shoulder every time they see a wealthy executive pull up to the valet in a more luxurious European saloon or exotic sportscar, then that is by their own choosing.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        "Americans are always so late to come out with competition...the CTS-V is like 20 years overdue." Ya didn't seem the mind when B-17s, B-25s, B-24s, A-26s, P-61s, P-51s, P-38s, P-47s, Sherman and Pershing tanks, as well as the rest of the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps not to mention the battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and other assorted vessels of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet came to pull your ass out of the fire. As per the poll I'd take an XF-R but what I'd really do is take an Audi S7. Might not be as powerful but for me it will do nicely.
          rocketmoose
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          Why do Americans bring the military into literally _any_ argument? Not trolling, just curious.
          Joshua Bolden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          I think he is referring to cars kcroc..... as in the CTS-V and the new ATS. But better late than never.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          You REALLY shouldnt open that can of worms. I could easily say that Americans didnt win the war for the Brits+ Allied partners, but came in only when their asses got targeted and the war was nearly finished. Of course they turned the tables around, a huge wave of fresh manpower and equipment where everyone else is worn after years of brutal warfare. Doesnt mean they deserve all of the credit they get, the countries who stuck it out from the offset are the bigger winners.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        You reek of European elitism.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        No, they're Indian. *ducks*
      Dipstick!
      • 2 Years Ago
      CTS-V over this? Guys, it's a Jaaaaag! End of story.
        Shanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dipstick!
        I like Jags and all, but I have a few issues with their interior tech as is. I really like the other three, but I don't believe you can get the Merc in a manual (the Jag either, for that matter), which I would want, so that leaves the BMW vs. the Caddy. If I wasn't spending my own money, I'd probably pick the Bimmer, but the Caddy would be hard to pass up for it's price. Plus, where I live (in SoCal), the Caddy is a huge sleeper; tuned Mercs and Bimmers are a dime-a-dozen with rich foreign exchange students over here. So there you have it: I just picked a CTS-V over a Jag.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      That would be one heck of an alternative to the M5 and E63 norm! I gotta say though, as much as I love the CTS-V (I know that its size means its comparable to some), I still don't think people cross shop an E63 or M5 with that car...maybe people looking at an M3 or C63, but that's about it.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        umm no. The CTS-V is more of a M5 and C63 fighter due to its power range
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