Jaguar unveils high-performance XFR-S Sportbrake
This will be the first time Jaguar has lavished the performance treatment on one of its estate models but no expense has been spared. The XFR-S Sportbrake receives Jag's almighty 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 542bhp and 680Nm torque.
Prospective owners can look forward to a 0-60mph sprint in just 4.6 seconds and a highly illegal limited top speed of 186mph.
Set to battle the likes of Mercedes' CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake and Audi's RS6 bruiser, the Jaguar will boast a chassis that has been specially tuned for spirited driving styles and a revised eight-speed transmission with 'Quickshift' functionality that enables optimal acceleration throughout the speed and rev ranges.
Despite the race-ready components, the big estate hasn't lost any of its practicality, sporting an impressive 1675 litres of rear load space when the rear seats are folded flat – 125 litres more than the powerful Merc and just 5 litres less than the aforementioned Audi.
Prices will start at £82,495, making it a direct rival to the Mercedes in terms of price but that sum does buy plenty of kit as standard: 20-inch 'Varuna' forged alloy wheels complete with bespoke tyres, exclusive interior materials such as carbon fibre and leather, plus a number of eye-catching exterior hues.
Engine: 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol
Power: 542bhp, 680Nm torque
0-60ph: 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 186mph
Fuel economy: 22.2mpg combined
Emissions: 297g.km CO2