R-Sport deepens Jaguar’s performance DNA

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  • XF is the first Jaguar to adopt the company’s new R-Sport brand
  • Bespoke R-Sport branding, front bumper, rear spoiler and optional Black Pack give XF more assertive presence on road
  • 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine delivers thrilling performance

Pretoria, 28 January 2015 – Jaguar’s XF is the first model to receive a sportier look and feel courtesy of a new R-Sport brand. While the company’s performance models have long been marketed under the “R” banner, Jaguar’s new R-Sport badge extends the brand’s performance DNA – a first in the XF range.


The R bloodline runs deep through the iconic British brand, not least across the XF range that includes XFR and mighty XFR-S derivatives. The combination of cutting edge technology, handling and intelligent performance allows drivers of R models to benefit from Jaguar’s strong performance heritage in a seductive styling package of luxury features.

As such, the new XF R-Sport makes the Jaguar R dream a little more attainable. The newcomer boasts a number of exterior cosmetic upgrades that lend it a bit more road presence. These include a rear decklid spoiler, a sport bumper, and R-style side sills. Rounding off the sportier exterior are a set of 18-inch Lyra wheels.

Buyers can also specify the XF R-Sport with the optional Black Pack, which includes gloss black surrounds for the windows and bootlid finisher, along with a black grille set inside a black chrome surround, for an even sportier look.

Equipped with Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, with outputs of 250kW and 450Nm, the new XF R-Sport also offers drivers performance and driving enjoyment to match its looks.

“We wanted to give our customers an XF model that strikes the right balance between superb comfort and sport,” said Janico Dannhauser, Brand Manager at Jaguar Land Rover South Africa. “The XF R-Sport does just that. Our 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine delivers thrilling performance, yet returns excellent fuel economy. And visually, the R-Sport sets itself apart with a number of tasteful cosmetic upgrades.”

Driving home the message are R-Sport treadplates on the driver- and passenger-side door ledges, with R badging on the front fender vents.

The sporty theme continues inside, with an R-badged steering wheel and stainless steel pedals. The charcoal-on-charcoal interior features 6×6-way electric seats finished in Suedecloth with Dove contrast stitch, or optional Red or Tan contrast stitching. An optional Sports Interior Pack adds heated, 18X18-way heated front sport seats, with two memory settings for the driver.

The XF R-Sport 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged is available to order at dealerships, with pricing starting at R777 430.