Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

Launch Pad: Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

186mph and 1,675 litres of boot space sounds good to us…

To Germany, to drive the production version of the Jaguar XFR-S late-spec prototype I drove back in March on the eve of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. 

A 550hp supercharged RWD estate with a clever limited-slip rear diff? Looking forward to it? You bet.

It gets better. The launch is in Germany. And will take in the Nurburgring – yes, tomorrow will be spent at the Nordschleife, which makes the training I did there a few weeks ago rather well timed. Particularly as the XFR-S, even on the roads around Lake Geneva, felt, shall we say, vibrant…

Big question I have is whether it proves the fast estate concept favoured by Audi can work for Jaguar too. BMW is undecided: there’s no M5 Touring, and the new M3 Saloon is not joined by a Touring alternative either.

Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, sells an E 63 AMG Estate – showing that huge power can work with rear-wheel drive as well (even though, notably, there’s a four-wheel drive variant too…).

Who’s right? Is BMW missing a trick? Has Jaguar hit the bullseye with the £82,495 F-Type wagon for those who need five seats and a big boot? Here’s to finding out…

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