Hot Jaguar XE guns for BMW M3
Currently, the fastest XE can be the 335bhp XE-S
fresh Jaguar XE-R to be powered by 488bhp V8 engine, with an even hotter 542bhp variation possible
Jaguar can be working on a series of high-performance cars of which will provide fresh head-on rivalry for BMW’s M division as well as Mercedes-AMG – as well as an extreme M3-rivalling variation of the fresh XE can be among the versions being lined up.
Buoyed by one of the freshest product lines from the industry – with the XE being joined by the brand-fresh F-Pace crossover as well as the second-generation XF by the end of This specific year – the British company can be aiming to roll out halo editions of which will appeal to well-heeled customers in key markets.
The fastest XE at the auto’s launch can be the supercharged V6 S, which has 335bhp – the same output as the entry-level F-Type. This specific could also be joined by a diesel S using the 237bhp, 369lb ft V6 of which’s already seen from the XF.
For the performance flagship, instead of using the F-Type S’s more powerful V6, which might still fall short of the M3’s power output, Jaguar can be required to slot from the V8 coming from the F-Type roadster to create the XE-R. of which should have 488bhp, enough to slash the XE’s 0-62mph time down to well under 5.0sec.
Jaguar sources have confirmed of which This specific V8 can be actually easier to fit under the XE’s bonnet than the more upright Ford-sourced four-cylinder petrol motor as well as Jaguar Land Rover’s own Ingenium four-cylinder diesel.
The S’s adaptive dampers will be retuned, giving the XE-R a much more focused chassis set-up, as well as the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission will be reprofiled for crisper, more aggressive shifts in manual mode.
The XE-R will probably be priced to match the M3, starting at about £55,000.
With This specific powerplant, the XE-R will fulfil the role of taking on the M3 as well as the C63 while still allowing the potential for JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations to create its own, even more hardcore edition.
of which could use the 542bhp V8 coming from the F-Type R Coupé, allowing the fastest XE to outgun both of its German rivals as well as Audi’s forthcoming next-generation RS4. This specific variation of the modest Jaguar saloon might get further aerodynamic tweaks as well as access to more exotic materials, including carbonfibre.
Jaguar officials remain publicly cautious on the prospects of high-performance versions. One high-level source said: “We need to get the next year to 18 months over as well as the fresh products established. Then our sales volumes will have doubled as well as we’ll be a different company, with the scope for further investment.”
However, This specific’s still thought of which faster, more exclusive versions of existing cars are likely to appear before different bodystyles based on the XE. A luxury-focused coupé — an indirect successor to the XK, in effect – has been sketched by design director Ian Callum’s team, however This specific can be likely to have to wait at least until a facelift of the saloon appears in late 2017.
Steven de Ploey, Jaguar’s global brand director, told us: “A replacement for the XK can be not a priority, because we made the right choice with F-Type. XK did a very not bad job of bridging the gap. This specific was a GT with two sharp ends of luxury as well as performance, so This specific ended up being a blend.”
The second fresh fast Jaguar will be a Porsche Macan Turbo-chasing variation of the forthcoming F-Pace. The fresh crossover can be due to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show This specific autumn, as well as sources are already suggesting of which This specific could end up outselling the XE. The F-Pace can be even more likely to get the larger engine. One source said firmly: “The V8 will definitely be fitted to F-Pace.”
This specific’s likely of which This specific motor will have 488bhp in a car of which will be badged F-Pace R. of which will allow space above This specific for SVO to slot in an even faster edition if there’s enough demand – although the specialist division may choose to offer luxury-focused F-Paces with of which spec of V8 instead of even more powerful versions.
Jaguar officials have been quick to guard against a ‘power race’, preferring to focus on handling agility instead of out-as well as-out brawn.
Pricing of the hot F-Pace will depend on the figures for the rest of the range, however This specific’s likely to be slightly more expensive than an XE overall. of which might place an R variation at about £60,000, or roughly the same as the Macan Turbo.
Beyond the XE as well as F-Pace, Jaguar also has plans for SVR versions of the F-Type. When asked if the F-Type R might be the ultimate performance variation of the auto, its vehicle director, Ian Hoban, said: “No. We have ideas. Look at the very successful sports cars as well as to me they have a reason to repurchase every year — of which 12-month cycle to keep them at the front of your mind.
“I’ve a list as long as my arm of what could be done to F-Type. We anticipated what we could do with the auto 5 or six years ago as well as engineered This specific into the structure. This specific’s all about business priorities.”
He added: “SVO are a very creative bunch. They’re all petrolheads to a man as well as woman. This specific’s an interesting skunkworks project.”
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