Following fast on the claws of its XKR-S coupe -- Jaguar’s fastest production car since the 1992-1994 XJ220 -- Jaguar is now planning to drop the 542-hp 5.0 liter supercharged V-8 into the XK convertible and XF sedan, according to Auto Express.
The XKR-S convertible is expected to get the same aerodynamic body upgrades as the coupe -- from the front and rear carbon-fiber spoilers and extra front air scoops to the wider fender arches -- to help it achieve the same 186 mph governed top speed. Auto Express’ insider pointed out that because the “the car was designed as a convertible” its aluminum structure doesn’t require extra bracing to cope with the additional 39 horsepower over the standard XKR soft-top.
When questioned about the possibility of the upgraded supercharged V-8’s availability in the XF sedan the same insider revealed “You can be fairly confident it will.” The sedan is expected to scorch to 60 mph in close to four seconds from a standstill and top out above 180 mph. Expect to pay at least a $25,000 premium (maybe more) for the XFR-S over the current $80,475 price with destination for the XFR, which could put it more in line with the Mercedes E-Class AMG’s price territory. Jaguar seems confident it will have enough performance to take on the next BMW M5.
Expect both the XKR-S convertible and the XFR-S sedan to receive the coupe’s active exhaust system that opens up for more power and sound during aggressive driving, as well as the variable-rate dampers.
Source: Auto Express