The Most Memorable Drive Of 2014… Jaguar XFR-S

2015xfrs_002In late-October, the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada – also known simply as, AJAC – held their annual car of the year testing in Niagara Falls.
At this year’s competition, just about every auto manufacturer that sells new cars in Canada was present (with the exception of: Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Rolls Royce, plus a few others), to show the best that they’ve got in hopes to winning the much coveted “Car of the Year” award.
I believe about 47 new models took part in this year’s competition, and we’ll have to wait until February to find out which car – and truck – won the trophy.
However, I think that the best car of the year for 2015 was not even in the competition, and that is the one I’m featuring here today, the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S.
This is the most high performance version of the XF-series, which has been with us since the 2007 model year. While in the past, Jaguar had offered the XF sedan with various tunes of their V6 and V8 engines, the XFR-S get’s the most powerful production engine Jaguar currently makes, a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that produces 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque.
All this power is fed to just the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox (the same one you’ll find in the Jaguar F-Type R coupe).
According to Jaguar – a company owned by the Tata Group of India – the 2015 XFR-S can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and will keep on going until it hits its speed limiter, which is set at 300 km/h. These are truly spectacular performance figures, although it’s acceleration time would have been much quicker if only this model had all-wheel drive – with its current rear-drive only setup, the power easily overwhelms the rear tires which robs it of an even quicker time. xfrs_003Regardless of the figure, I can honestly assure you, that the XFR-S is more than fast enough to keep anyone happy, regardless of what you currently drive or have driven in the past.
It’s ability to gather speed is at first even slightly scary, because the rear-end feels loose, but as long as the weather is warm and the roads are dry, not to worry, because it’s excellent traction and stability control will kick in just in time to prevent you from losing control of the car. Unlike its German rivals, the Jaguar feels much more wild and alive, which is what enthusiasts want. So, on a pure feels perspective, the 2015 XFR-S is better than its rivals.
It sounds better too. While everyone seems to go on and on about how nice Mercedes AMG models sound – and they do, not denying that – but the XFR-S sounds even better. This cars exhaust sound makes every hair on the back of your neck stand up straight, which is great. It also has the ability to wake up your entire neighborhood when you fire it up first thing in the morning, which I guess is not great for those who like to sleep in, but that’s not my problem.
Speaking of problems, I do have one complaint regarding this car, and that is to do with its infotainment system. Jaguar hasn’t updated this device since this model was launched in 2007 – it felt a bit dated back then, and feels really dated now. The screen is tiny, plus its a touchscreen system – which I am not a fan off.
Apart from that, I have no other issues with the XFR-S. There is plenty of room for four adults – five in a pinch – and it has a very decent sized trunk for all your shopping.
Possibly the best thing about the XFR-S is, that all its luxury and power is wrapped in a stunning body. Sure, some people didn’t quite like the big rear spoiler on my tester, but if you don’t like it, you don’t have to have it, since it is a $3,500 option. I will add though, that this carbon-fibre spoiler is not just for show since it provides stability at high speeds, but since there is no road in Ontario where you can go over 100 km/h legally, you won’t really need the extra downforce, right?
By now, I bet you are quite tempted by the XFR-S, and you won’t even mind the fact that it consumed 12.3 litres/100km of the finest premium fuel during my test week. However, if you want to bring one home, it will cost you $104,500 for the very well-equipped base model 2015 XFR-S. My tester, thanks to its few options, was listed at $111,000. That is a lot of money for a car, but it is quite a bit cheaper than its German rivals, and in my view, this Jaguar is the most enjoyable to drive.
So, there you have it, my most memorable drive of 2014 is the brilliant Jaguar XFR-S. Keep visiting my site, there will be lots of new, exciting stuff coming up over the next 12 months.xfrs2015

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