Jaguar’s posh station wagon, the XF “Sportbrake”, is being considered for the beefed-up variant (the XFR moniker comes to mind) complete with JLR’s mighty 510HP 5.L supercharged V8, the engine that also powers Jaguar’s XF/XK R-models and Range Rover/RR Sport Supercharged. 510HP and 625NM of torque would certainly give Mercedes Benz’s E63 Estate AMG a run for its money, although it stands at a more powerful 525HP (not considering the even more powerful 557HP Performance Package form).
Power figures aside, the thought behind this consideration is a part of Jaguar’s global branding project. Jaguar’s Global Brand Director, Adrian Hallmark, said that the model would be an “interesting” project and can be useful to become a halo car. The challenge in development would be fitting the supercharged engine itself, as it would require some re-engineering. “It would be tricky to re-engineer the self-leveling rear suspension to cope with the high performance of such an engine,” the executive explained.
Despite the foreseen setback, Hallmark hinted at an “interesting” possibility for a limited production run of 300-400 units of the model.