Adding performance to a car is rarely cheap – whether you're looking to do it yourself or rely on the factory to do it for you. In the case of the new Jaguar XFR-S, the cost differential over an already-impressive (and somewhat expensive) XFR is a stout $16,800. Auto Express recently got a hold of both cars to see whether that price pays off on the track.

For that price, Jaguar gives the XFR-S an extra 40 horsepower and 41 pound-feet of torque – for a total of 550 hp and 502 lb-ft – to go with a stiffer suspension, beefed-up differential and, of course, meaner styling. We don't want to ruin the results of the AE video, but right off the bat, the host says that you can feel the extra power of the XFR-S, but that it's not a "night-and-day difference."

Scroll down to see what happens when two high-powered Jags go head-to-head on a track. And then be sure to let us know whether or not you think the added money is worth it for the XFR-S in the completely informal poll below.




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      Darrell
      • 11 Months Ago
      At these price levels, I don't see why not. With the price difference, you're getting a visibly different car with even more stout equipment and a little exclusivity. Hell, we've all seen companies get away with 'special edition' models with little more than a $10k paintjob.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 11 Months Ago
      If you are going to write an article about prices, should you put the prices of the vehicles somewhere in the article? Journalism 101.
      GarrettH
      • 11 Months Ago
      XFR = Exclusive XFR-S = Ultra Exclusive If you're paying that kind of money for a car, the $17k probably doesn't make much of a difference... If you have that kind of money for a hardcore track car that's still easy to live with on the streets, then you're probably going to go for it... (If you're into Jag's). The XFR-S competes with the E63 & M5, while the XFR is quicker than both the standard high output versions of both the 550i and the E550. The real question is, why the XFR? It fits right in the middle of the XF V8 Supercharged and the XFR-S.
      Scooter
      • 11 Months Ago
      It could be worth it to a collector.
        Scooter
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Although I would have to say that an $83,000 car (base XFR) buyer probably owns more than one car, and his or her $83k car probably isn't breaking the bank. Its possible that the premium for the XFR-S probably isn't a big deal for someone wealthy enough to buy a recreational car such as XFR. Of course when you examine the situation with "average Joe" eyes, it looks pretty silly. Of course buying a M6 for $130,000 looks pretty stupid too, but people still buy them.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Scooter
          From a resale perspective, the extra $17K will probably payoff down the road due to the rarity of the car and lower production.
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      i am so tired of that car i was 4 years ago. Stop it already.
      manure
      • 11 Months Ago
      Having done some custom work, you never reach a true factory level of fit & finish. Factory packages are engineered to a level you cannot reach on your own. So, it costs what it costs. In my world, $17k buys a nice car.
      ferps
      • 11 Months Ago
      Can you get it without that awful wing?
        GOSCH
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ferps
        Yeah me too. That looks like 90s cheap rice tuned cars
        domingorobusto
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ferps
        Yes, the wing is optional. It looks SO much better with the XFR's normal understated spoiler.
      GOSCH
      • 11 Months Ago
      They can never beat up Merc, BMW, Audi.
      Ross
      • 11 Months Ago
      Something like a $5-$7k premium would be more appropriate... $17k seems a bit unreasonable, IMO.
      D E S I G N
      • 11 Months Ago
      what a stupid useless comparison! who is going to drive a jaguar in that manner? such a waste of time and energy, would be more useful discussing the appearance package and features. So tired of these idiotic lap time tests with family sedans. They are all powerful and the 0-60 times are no longer relevant. It's more about driving dynamics and how they engage the driver, in normal everyday settings you bloody fools. Absolutely mind numbing.
        johnnythemoney
        • 11 Months Ago
        @D E S I G N
        You do realize the driver kept on saying how the driving dynamics were on both cars, explaining why he preferred the XFR-S? I guess no if you didn't watch a 5 minutes long video.
      Rick
      • 11 Months Ago
      LOL @ a Jag with a ricer wing. This looks like Australia's Ford Falcon.
      johnnythemoney
      • 11 Months Ago
      IF you was just shopping for the high-end variant of basically any executive saloon, the XFR is more than enough. As soon as you're a little bit performance oriented and car about it, I say the difference highlighted in the video are worth the money, no brainer if you drive at the local track every now and then of course. The car is already expensive (not saying it's too expensive), it's not like the added cost is a deal breaker if you really care about what's provided. Truth be told, the XFR looks a bit too normal and sedate, but that's a plus for some customers, indeed trh XFR-S satisfies the rest.
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