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The 404kW XFR-S is Jaguar's fastest and most powerful sedan ever.

Six months after exciting us with its unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show last December, Jaguar has announced that its fastest and most powerful sports saloon ever, the XFR-S, will be making it to Australia.

The British company has also announced pricing for the 404kW monster and, as you'd expect, it's not exactly cheap. When it arrives on our shores in the last quarter of this year it will cost $222,545 plus on-roads.

It's hardly small change but it is less than some of its large sports saloon competitors, such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class 63AMG.

Like its XKR-S sibling, the XFR-S can reach the magical 300km/h mark, at which point its acceleration is electronically impeded, preventing it from going even faster. On top of the 404kW of power, the Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine offers 680 Newton metres of torque and will propel the XFR-S to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

It is mated to an eight-speed transmission with Quickshift technology, which aims to provide quicker, crisper gear shifts whether up-shifting and down- shifting manually or while in Sports mode. The transmission also has "corner recognition", which detects when you are taking a bend and will hold the correct gear for the exit.

Much has been done to improve the vehicle's performance from the already impressive XFR. Front and rear suspensions have been upgraded to maximise response, while electronic active differential and dynamic stability control systems have been recalibrated for better handling.

Continuously variable dampers monitor driver input and road conditions and adjust up to 500 times a second to provide optimum stability.

Wide, 20-inch alloy wheels maximise grip and add to the bespoke nature of the car.

There are also some changes in appearance from the XFR, with a deeper front bumper and lower air intakes, vertical vanes and a carbon-fibre front splitter.

A rear spoiler moulded from the boot also provides better downforce, while the extended rear bumper has a central carbon- fibre diffuser which is deeper and travels further under the car than on the XFR to reduce lift.

The design changes mean the XFR-S has 68 per cent less lift and Jaguar says they give the car an assertive appearance. Inside is a range of materials, including carbon leather on the seat bolsters and armrests, plus an exclusive dark aluminium finish. Buyers can also have a choice of colour stitching to match the body paint.

Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said the XFR-S reflected the marque's sporting character.

"In the XFR-S that character has been amplified," he said. "The result being a truly engaging car with a combination of technical innovation, assertive design and staggering performance that will satisfy the most demanding of drivers."

The West Australian

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