Supercharged Jaguar opens Festival of Speed

The 503bhp Jaguar XFR, a performance version based on the more modest Jaguar XF saloon, took on the famous, narrow hillclimb to celebrate the launch of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The event, set to take place later in the year, is based at the grounds of Goodwood House and is the venue for the greatest, and fastest, supercars, performance hatches and even race-ready models.

It was fitting the Jaguar XFR, built in Britain at Jaguar’s Midlands plant, opened the festival in 2012 after the 2011 festival was themed around the iconic Jaguar E-Type on its 50th anniversary.

The Festival itself will take place from 28 June to 1 July with a ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’ theme to celebrate young drivers, designers and engineers.

The theme is particularly fitting after Jaguar announced a new graduate scheme to recruit graduates across its business as it follows ambitious expansion plans.

To kick off the event, the Jaguar XFR was one of a number of cars to be demonstrated at a preview event in the Goodwood grounds.

The Jaguar XFR is a 155mph performance car capable of hitting 62mph from standing in 4.9 seconds thanks to the 5.0-litre supercharged engine.

The rear-wheel drive Jaguar boasts the same luxury equipment as the standard XF but adds more performance styling and equipment to the standard specification.

Equipment in the XFR includes a full leather interior, heated seats, climate control and satellite navigation with a touch screen.

A new Jaguar XFR costs £65,000 in the UK. Standard XF saloon models start from £30,000 with the new 2.2-litre diesel engine introduced in 2011.

The new Jaguar XF and other Jaguar cars are available now from Perrys Jaguar of Huddersfield.