Jaguar is displaying its hooligan-certified XFR-S Sportbrake here at the Geneva Motor Show.
A rolling paradox of sorts, the XFR-S Sportbrake is practical in the sense that it offers plenty of cargo space but completely impractical in almost every other way. It harbors a monstrous 5.0-liter V8 sending 550 hp to the rear wheels with more potential to light up its rear tires than a post-victory Tony Stewart. It’s only sold with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although Jaguar’s performance products generally prove to be capable of pushing past being handicapped by a slushbox.
But is this car a real performer or just a bunch of smoke and mirrors meant to look like the its mean machine sedan sibling? Jaguar’s engineers were careful not to disturb the car’s performance capability while designing the Sportbrake version and wound up revising the rear suspension in the process. The end result compensates for weight additions associated with having 60 cubic feet of junk carrying space.
The car isn’t going to be sold in the U.S. and that makes sense. After all, high priced and insanely powerful station wagons are as popular with American drives as tearaway pants and used Aqua albums.
GALLERY: 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
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