We had long expected to see a high-performance station wagon from Jaguar, as our spy photographers snapped photos of such a model testing on Germany's Nürburgring last year. The finished product is the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake, which debuts next week at the 2014 Geneva auto show. Like the standard Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon on which it is based, this go-fast car will not be sold in the U.S.
Under the hood of the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 rated for 542 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends that power to the 20-inch rear wheels, enabling a claimed 0-to-60-mph sprint of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. This, in a station wagon that seats five and can accommodate 19.4 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats raised, and 59.2 cubic feet with them folded flat.Other mechanical upgrades include a revised rear suspension with different settings for the adaptive dampers, stiffer suspension bushings, wider wheels that are also lighter, and enlarged brakes with 14.9-inch front discs.
Compared to the standard XF Sportbrake, the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake has a new front fascia with prominent air intakes for the supercharged engine, a functional front splitter, deeper side skirts, and a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. All of the usual exterior chrome trim has been finished in black. Buyers choose from five colors including the Ultra Blue seen here, as well as Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Polaris White, and Italian Racing Red. Interior upgrades include Warm Charcoal leather for the bolstered seats, dark aluminum dashboard trim, and an 825-watt, 18-speaker sound system.
The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake goes on sale in the U.K. this April. It's a shame the car won't be sold Stateside, as we had very favorable impressions of the equivalent XFR-S sedan. Last summer, senior editor Joe Lorio wrote that, "Not surprisingly, the XFR-S [sedan] is a monster in the passing zones of rural two-lanes, and its throaty exhaust pops on throttle liftoff. Despite its grippy, ultra-wide tires, there's no tramlining and the ride quality remains pretty decent."