British Estate Power. The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Updated August 15, 2014
So, how many of you readers out there are at the age where you love cars so much that, you spend many of your days dreaming about hitting the lotto, and buying every exotic, sports car you could get your hands on? I know how you fell, because I tend to do the same thing, but what about the cars that you loved when you were growing up? What if you’re like the kind of person who loved wagons, and just wanted to know what it would feel like to drive a powerful wagon of your own? Well, we at autowise.com, we know your plight, and have brought you the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake. Let’s go for a trip.
Now, many of you may be thinking that what the Hell is a, “Sportbrake”? OK, let me define it, and then break it down. (No pun intended.) The initial term Shooting-brake comes from British roots, where groups of men would go out, and hunt, (They were called shooting parties.) and the vehicle, or mode of transport that was used at that time, would be configured for the use of carrying the men, and their equipment. A “Brake or Break” is the bodiless two, or four wheeled carriage that was used to break in, or train new horses, for future pulling jobs. Throughout time, the terms were soon married, and then were applied to high end wagons, or estate cars, with varying differences. OK, now in layman’s terms, Shooting-brake basically means, a car that has the characteristics of a wagon, and still can be considered as a high end sports car, simple.
With that out of the way, and looking at the Jaguar Sportbrake for what it is, the definition is pretty self explanatory. Now for what we know about this car, we can already assume that the designers over at the Jaguar camp were either bored, and felt the need to make a powerful wagon/estate car to contend with likes of the Audi RS6, and the Merc E550 Shootingbrake, or they were really bored, and wanted an estate car that could drift really, really well. At some point we’ll see Chris Harris being the judge of that one. Anyway, under the hood of this long, and able bodied wagon is a 5.0 litre, Supercharged V8 engine that boasts over 540Hp, and just over 500lb feet of torque to the those aggressive looking wheels. Now before I move on, don’t those sound like Mustang numbers to you? I’ve said it before, when it comes down to power similarities, Ford, Jaguar, and Aston Martin tend to share similar power numbers, but that’s a whole different story right there.
Moving on, the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake as you’ve just read has an awesome engine under the hood, and then of course you would need to know what has been mated to that fabulous power plant right? Well, Jaguar borrowed it’s patented “Quickshift” 8 speed transmission technology from the F-Type, and then slotted it in this powerful wagon, thus enabling the Sportbrake to achieve a zero to 60 time of 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 186mph. Like all high performance Jaguars, this wagon will be no different. Exhaust notes will belt out tunes of power, and carnage from the back of the car. Stepping on the loud pedal actually means something in this car. Helping to control this sexy beast is your usual computerized hardware, but as with most modern sports cars, you can always turn them off for a more spirited driving experience. Jaguar won’t admit it, but this is a wagon built for speed, and the sole sake of volunteering to do the shopping more often than you’ve done before. As with the sedan, or saloon version of the XFR-S, the Sportbrake will receive the very same suspension treatment. Revised bearings, bushings, knuckles, control arms, sway bars, computerized adaptive, and active rear suspension, and a modified rear axle, all cooperate with each other in unison, so that the extra booty of the car doesn’t make a difference while driving. Rounding out the control segment of the Sportbrake are those amazing looking 18 inch alloy wheels that not only semi conceal the Red six piston brake calipers, but are also wrapped in specially made Pirelli tires. Even with this being an estate car, Jaguar’s tech team, prided themselves on making this wagon drive, and feel like a sedan. You’re really not supposed to realize that there is a difference in size, weight, or feel. That’s a pretty awesome feat to pull off, if you ask me.
Inside of the 2015 XFR-S Sportbrake is the usual Jaguar accoutrements. Posh, and supple leather treatments, comfortable seating, dual climate zones, Aluminum, and or Carbon Fibre trim panels, and much much more. A bevy of buttons, switches, knobs, gauges, LED prompts, and a center dash that encompasses a touchscreen that controls the 12 speaker audio system, as well as fulfilling all of your infotainment needs. For what it’s worth, the 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is one of those cars, that seems to fulfill the childhood dreams of men all over the world. Johnny Lieberman once stated that he loves cars, but he loves wagons even better, and he did a review on the Mercedes Benz E550 Shootingbrake, and that car shocked the shit out of him. In all essence, there’s never really a need for a wagon to go fast, and drift, and drag race with the local kids in their obnoxiously loud Civics, and such, but here we are. There was once a time where a Man’s Man would never be caught in an estate car, simply because it was deemed that the woman of the house should be driving it. The man’s car was a sporty two door runabout that had enough power to satisfy him, and enough common sense to get him home by the end of the night. Those days, for the most part still linger around, but with the dawn of men who desire the need for a sexy car with a big ass, the Sportbrake, and the Shootingbrake will always be roaming the streets.