Smoking gun: Top Gear in the Jag XFR-S
Ollie Marriage destroys tyres in Jag's 550bhp V8 saloon. Yes, it's another of TG's sensible consumer tests
Posted: 08 Nov 2013
There is an area where the XFR-S does feel super, though. I can't recall having ever driven a car that overtakes better - not a Porsche 911 Turbo, not a Nissan GT-R, nothing. Here we have to praise the supercharger. Because when you do spot an opportunity, all you do is press and let 501lb ft of instant-access, zero-lag torque go to work, letting the Jaguar leap forward as powerfully and gracefully as its namesake. For maximum effect, make sure you engage Dynamic mode first, because then the throttle seems to be hardwired straight to your cerebellum. And not only the throttle, but the car itself. The XFR-S neither bothers to change down, nor obey the Newtonian laws of motion for objects weighing perilously close to two tonnes. It just hurls itself forward.
This is its party piece, and it's very good at it indeed. The engine doesn't bother building to a huge climax, it just does the job asked of it, and you, as the pilot, are invited to marvel at its ability to do it. I marvelled.