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2014 Jaguar XFR-S Debuts in LA With 550-HP

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Jaguar has taken the wraps off the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The 550 horsepower XFR-S is the fastest and most powerful sedan that Jaguar has ever built. The XFR-S incorporates engineering features from both the XKR-S and the all-new F-Type sports car to create the most driver-focused, agile and responsive iteration of Jaguar's XF range.

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The XFR-S is powered by a 5.0L supercharged V8 with 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. of torque. Fitted with an eight-speed transmission incorporating Jaguar's 'Quickshift' technology, the XFR-S reaches 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

On the outside the updates to the 2014 XFR-S are meant to make it more aerodynamic. The front gets a deeper front bumper with larger lower air intakes, vertical vanes and a carbon fiber front splitter. Deeper sills and unique 'aero-blades' ensure a clean passage of air along the side of the car and on to the deeper rear bumper sides while a carbon fiber rear diffuser between the signature quad tailpipes extends underneath the rear of the XFR-S to reduce lift. It is aided in this by a bootlid mounted spoiler, two designs being available. Overall lift is reduced by 68%.

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Unique 20-inch lightweight forged alloy 'Varuna' wheels are wider front and rear and are shod with specially developed Pirelli rubber, giving the XFR-S a more muscular stance and increasing its grip and stability. Allied to this are extensive suspension revisions which serve to increase lateral suspension stiffness by 30% for greater steering precision and responsiveness. Revisions to both spring rates and the adaptive damper tune increase the feeling of connectivity with the road surface, providing confidence-inspiring handling and a supple, controlled ride. Recalibrated active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control settings allow the enthusiastic driver to make the most of the huge potential of the XFR-S.

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The 2014 XFR-S will arrive by the summer starting just under $100k.

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