Last time we saw the Jaguar XFR-S out testing, it didn't look any different from the already-slick XFR that's on sale right now. But as we get closer to the production car's debut – reportedly scheduled for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show – the even-hotter XF's design is coming into focus. And might we say, she's a beaut'.

The XFR's aggressive appearance has been enhanced at the front with larger air intakes that look downright fierce, and lower skirts have been added to the sides. Out back, new bodywork has been added to the quarter panels and a larger lip spoiler adorns the trunk. The whole package looks awesome, and we can't wait to see what this bruiser looks like when all of the swirly paper has been removed.

Under the hood, expect to find Jaguar's delicious 5.0-liter supercharged V8, tuned to the same 550 horsepower as the XKR-S. That's a 40-horsepower increase over the standard XFR, and Jaguar will likely implement some exhaust tuning to make its Top Cat snarl with even greater volume.

Scroll through the above gallery to see the blacked-out prototype running 'round the Nürburgring.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing just looks mean. I love it. A one-week road and track comparison between the Jag XFR-S, the AMG CLS63, and the new M5 is in order. Leave the luggage at the hotel and then a few hot laps the next morning at, say, Laguna Seca? Please? BTW, I really don't care which one wins on the track. Just glad I can choose from all three.
      • 2 Years Ago
      James May does not approve.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would choose it over the M5 in a heartbeat (assuming I had the means for a $100k luxury super sedan). And maybe over the E63/CLS63 too, but that's up to how good the 5.0L sounds.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the camo on the spoiler. What does it hide exactly?! The camo on this car basically tells you which parts are different from the base version.
      Tabs Luther
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, one of the best looking front ends I have ever seen. Love this car! Is it sad that I would buy this knowing it will be in the shop every now and then over the amg's and the m5? You KNOW its going to sound ridiculous, handle its ass off, and look better than everything else in its class. So what if it breaks, I would have plenty of theoretical dream money to spend on another ride to drive while this one is out of commission; like a brz with frs front end :) (i like alcantara)
      The Calligrapher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cover the front end, and it looks like the rest of the car is actually Acura TL. A 100% match, to the point where the sheetmetal will be interchangeable.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you think Jaguar would consider releasing the XFR-S with slightly more HP/Torque than the recent XKR-S?
        Land Rovin'
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nope. Jaguar has tested the Eaton blower to 600hp on the 5.0 AJV8 Gen III engine. When tackling the additional horsepower/torque question, they answer has always been, "For what purpose?" The factory specs for the 0-60mph sprint on most Jaguar models has always been .2 to .3 seconds slower because they prefer to use the numbers that anyone with no driving experience could obtain by simply sitting down and stepping on the accelerator (for example, the XJ Supercharged 470hp model can really hit the numbers listed for the XJ SuperSport 510hp model). It's more than a serious contender to the M5 - pound for pound they are almost a dead heat, but the XF is generally preferred for its daily driving abilities. The suspension can self-dampen at a rate of nearly 1,000 times per second, so you get race track handling when desired, as well as a soft, smooth ride when desired. If you want to go sub-4 seconds for time, you start shedding body weight and creature comforts for the sake of .1 or .2 seconds. Completely unnecessary. The XFR itself is at the top end of most drivers' abilities (whether they would ever admit that is another matter entirely). You can completely disengage the traction control and safety systems if you like, which means you can lay on the throttle too hard and go sideways into a wall if you don't know what you're doing. Prime example of a car that should not be on the streets: Bugatti Veyron. Awesome car if you know how to handle it, but how many of those cars were totaled in its first year?
      • 2 Years Ago
      A serious M5 contender. I would love to see a head to head comparison. The price has got to be 100k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rieku Ame
      • 2 Years Ago
      Three words: One, Nice, and Jag.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Busy day. I read the headline way too fast and saw "Jaguar XFR ***** the 'ring in stealth mode" and went "It did what in what???"
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was mad when they brought out the XFR, right after I bought my XF, but this time I'm learning my lesson: I'm holding off on buying either the XFR or XFR-S, and waiting for the XFR-S-12CP-Z-550... x-trac. Hopefully the badge fits on the back...
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