The Jaguar XF Sportbrake, the estate version of the popular premium XF saloon, will appear at this years’ Tour de France race.
From Saturday, two specially-designed XF Sportbrake models will act as support cars for Team Sky during the endurance cycling event.
This means the Jaguar cars will play a key role as British cyclists Bradley Wiggins challenges for the ‘Yellow Jersey’, the prize given to the winner of the Tour.
The Tour de France, in its 99th year, is made up of 21 stages raced over 23 days including nine flat, four medium mountain, five high mountains and a summit sprint.
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake models have been modified to include roof racks for the team’s bikes, race radios and TVs to be able to follow the front cyclists.
The result, says Jaguar, is ‘an excitingly high performance, luxury vehicle that also meets the versatile demands of supporting the team on the road during their racing calendar.’
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake was an easy choice for Team Sky. Priced from £32,000 to £51,000, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a premium estate with a choice of 2.2- and 3.0-litre diesel engines.
The 2.2-litre version is surprisingly frugal, offering 135g/km of CO2 emissions and fuel economy of 55.4mpg.
Team Sky will be some of the first to get behind the wheel of the stunning new estate. Although it is available to order now, deliveries with begin towards the end of the year.
Team Sky Sports Director, Servais Knaven said: “From the driver’s seat I have to make all the decisions, and fast. I need a car that can drive in all circumstances and I’m really excited about the new XF Sportbrake.
“I get a good feeling when I drive it. It’s versatile loaded with nine bikes, there is still space and it looks cool. I’d quite like to take it home.”
The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available now from Perrys Jaguar dealerships.