Quite a bit of work goes into something seemingly as simple as a 30-second car commercial. Motor Trend recently sat in with Jaguar, Source Link Media and the design house Mind Over Eye to bring us an inside look at the making of Jaguar’s most recent spot for the supercar-stomping 2013 Jaguar XFR-S sport sedan.
The unabashedly sexy new 2014 Jaguar F-Type is all set to take on the world’s best two-seat sport roadsters as the first series production sports car model from Jag in half a century. What better way to build some buzz than enlisting the assistance of one of the world’s foremost experts in physical beauty, 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun?
The 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is based off the popular XF sedan, and if we may so, the Jag may just be the best-looking station wagon ever built. The XF Sportbrake, as it’s known, takes the best elements of the sedan then adds interior room and big cargo capacity, while maintaining the same structural rigidity and keeping extra weight in check.
The Jaguar XFR-S is Britain’s newest and loudest answer to German uber-sedans like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and boy is it a monster. With a design language that represents a new flashier, race-bred Jaguar, the XFR-S cuts a striking profile, especially from the rear where its carbon fiber spoiler and quad-outlet exhaust with center diffuser look as menacing as any Jag in recent memory. Thankfully, this big cat has the M5-fighting performance chops to back up all that flash.
A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine returns from the XFR, but is retuned to make 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. of torque. Pair it with an adaptive 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and RWD and you get a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds. The car’s cabin is a sight to behold, highlighted by Jaguar/Land Rover’s newest-generation navigation and infotainment interface and an 825-watt Meridian surround sound audio system with 18 speakers.
Pricing will start at $99,000 plus destination when the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S goes on sale in Summer 2013.
If you’ve been sleeping on Jaguar, know that the quintessentially British automaker has been producing some damn fine cars lately. The 2012 Jaguar XFR is certainly no exception, undergoing a thorough exterior and interior refresh for this year while retaining the sweet supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that makes this cat pounce at a moment’s notice.
As the range topper within the 2012 XF lineup of midsize luxury sedans, the XFR features all the fine English luxury expected of Jaguar. From a redesigned front fascia, now with gaping air intakes and snarling headlamps with a well-placed strip of LED daytime running lamps, to those quad rear exhaust outlets, this Jag now has the posh yet sporty styling to back up all that power.
And power there is, gobs of it. With 510 horses from said V8 and a quad turbine Eaton-type supercharger, a thorough road test from Autoblog reveals that this car pulls hard all the way to its 155-mph top speed with room for plenty more should the electronic nanny be, um, disabled. It’s also quite well-mannered when pushed, drawing favorable handling comparisons to key competitors: the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Audi S6 and even the mighty BMW M5.
The 2012 XFR deserves a long look from anyone seeking true high-end luxury with their world-class sport sedan. Available now, pricing starts at $82,000.
2012 Jaguar XFR Quick Facts
Base Price: $82,000
Availability: Out now
Engine: Supercharged 5.0-liter V8
Power Output: 510 hp, 461 lb-ft. torque
Drivetrain: 6-speed paddle-shifted automatic, RWD
0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Efficiency: 15 city/21 highway mpg
Curb Weight: 4,306 lbs.
Seating: 5 passengers
Cargo: 17.7 cu.ft.