It looks as if Jaguar might be about to provide some competition to the Mercedes CLS36 AMG Shooting Brake and Audi RS6 Avant, A test model has appeared on the Nurburgring that looks very much like they are looking to produce a Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.
There are quite a few interesting clues from the pictures. There is new bodywork although the taped up bumper is the same as the XFR-S Saloon. It has a deeper front splitter and large front air intakes. It also has quad tailpipes, an extended roof spoiler and triple vane rear diffuser.
The test car has large brake discs and calipers, the six spoke alloy wheels from the XFR-S and is a lower ride than the XF Sportbrake range.
The XFR-S has a 5.0 litre V8 engine and it is capable of 542 bhp and 502 lb/ft toprque as it is supercharged and thought to have an eight speed gearbox. It should get to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and could potentially reach 186mph. The cost will be £79,995. The current car weighs more than the XF saloon which will mean that it will take longer than it to go from 0-62mph.
There are a lot of fast estates on the market at the moment and so this car will fit in there. It will compete along with the Audi RS4 and the Mercedes E63 AMF performance pack. There is also a lot of pricey cars with lots of power on the market at the moment such as the Volvo S60 Polestar which was a £300k one off car and then offered a limited run of just 15. The Nissan Juke-R also went from a PR stunt to a 20 car limited edition costing £400,000.
In the US there is less of a market as there is other foreign countries too. Audi doesn’t offer the RS Avant in the US and Cadallac has removed the CTS-V estate from the range that it offers, BMW has also stopped building the M5 Touring because the V10 sales were so low.
It may therefore be concluded that this is just a plaything, but Jaguar do not do this. It is expected that this test car will be ready for the show room next year. It may have a small market but it could be a halo car for the Sportbrake making it more appealing and increasing the interest in the diesel Sportbrake model that is currently available. If it does become available it will be around £82,000 and therefore the dearest XF model on the market.