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Karl Peskett | Jun, 05 2013 | 4 Comments

The latest product of Jaguar’s ETO division (Engineered To Order), the XFR-S sedan will be hitting our shores in the fourth quarter of this year, with BMW’s M5 clearly in its sights.

Priced at $222,545, it undercuts its German rival by over $7400, and it gains substantial improvements over the already-quick Jaguar XFR.

Employing the same engine as the XKR-S, the XFR-S produces a hefty 404kW and 680Nm of Pirelli-shredding torque.

But unlike the coupe, the hi-po sedan gets an eight-speed automatic with the same Quickshift system seen on the new F-Type, which gives snappier changes than a regular ZF slushbox.

Onlookers will be left in no doubt to the XFR-S’s intent with more aggressive bodywork and rear wing, which is said to help high speed stability.

That’s a good thing, too, with the big Jag topping out at an electronically limited 300kmh. The 0-100kmh run isn’t too shabby, either, at 4.6 seconds.

Suspension revisions increase lateral stability stiffness by over 30 percent, and coupled with specifically developed Pirelli tyres, the XFR-S has had a massive makeover in the handling department. Its ESC program has been recalibrated to suit also.

Its front wheels are 12mm wider while the rears have been increased by 25mm, and braking is now taken care of by 380mm front and 376mm rear discs.

Despite Jaguar’s insistence that only one car has been sold so far (the press and event car), dealers have reportedly been allocated one XFR-S each, with most having already pre-sold their cars.

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