Hot Jaguar XJR575 revealed as brand's most powerful production saloon yet

XJR575 is 25bhp more powerful than its predecessor

Jaguar’s flagship saloon receives extensive revisions and a 567bhp range-topper

Jaguar has unveiled the XJR575, the most powerful version yet of its flagship saloon, in a bid to keep pace with rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG S63 and Audi S8.

First seen in camouflaged guise going up the hill at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the XJR575 uses the F-Type SVR’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with 567bhp, 25bhp more than the outgoing XJR, and 516lb ft.

That enables a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec, 0.2sec faster than its predecessor but 0.2sec slower than the S63. Its top speed is 186mph.

The hot saloon is part of the updates across the XJ range that come as a mid-life refresh, ahead of a new XJ in 2019. That model is widely rumoured to be pure electric. If true, Jaguar would beat its rivals to having a battery-powered flagship saloon and target core markets such as China.

In the meantime, this new XJR575, available in standard wheelbase only, has tailor-made exterior details, including a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes with gloss black surrounds. XJR575 badging and twin bonnet louvres plus 20in gloss black wheels with red brake calipers distinguish the car from its standard XJ siblings. Inside, the model has embossed tread plates, 575 branding and diamond quilted seating in two colour options.

Across the broader range, the XJ gets full LED headlights and so-called ‘J-blade signature’ daytime running lights as well as technology updates to bring the saloon in line with the broader Jaguar range. These include the latest Touch Pro infotainment system using a 10.0in central touchscreen and 4G wi-fi connectivity. New safety systems include Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

On sale in November, the revised XJ will start from £59,995, a rise of just over £1000 on the current model. The XJR575 will cost £93,170, £500 more than its predecessor. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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