Hot Jaguar XE-R guns for BMW M3
Currently, the fastest XE is actually the 335bhp XE-S
fresh Jaguar XE-R to be powered by 488bhp V8 engine, with an even hotter 542bhp type possible
Jaguar is actually working on a series of high-performance cars in which will provide fresh head-on rivalry for BMW’s M division as well as also Mercedes-AMG – as well as also an extreme M3-rivalling type of the fresh XE is actually among the versions being lined up.
Buoyed by one of the freshest product lines inside the industry – with the XE being joined by the brand-fresh F-Pace crossover as well as also the second-generation XF by the end of This specific year – the British the is actually aiming to roll out halo editions in which will appeal to well-heeled customers in key markets.
Jaguar also expects the fresh performance versions to boost brand equity as well as also legitimacy inside the same way in which the M3 as well as also C63 have helped the 3 Series as well as also C-Class.
The fastest XE at the vehicle’s launch is actually 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 in which’s already seen inside the XF.
For the performance flagship, instead of using the F-Type S’s more powerful V6, which could still fall short of the M3’s power output, Jaguar is actually likely to slot inside the V8 through the F-Type roadster to create the XE-R. in which should have 488bhp, enough to slash the XE’s 0-62mph time down to well under 5.0sec.
Jaguar sources have confirmed in which This specific V8 is actually actually easier to fit under the XE’s bonnet than the more upright Ford-sourced four-cylinder petrol motor as well as also 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 also 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 also the C63 while still allowing the potential for JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations to create its own, even more hardcore edition.
in which could use the 542bhp V8 through the F-Type R Coupé, allowing the fastest XE to outgun both of its German rivals as well as also Audi’s forthcoming next-generation RS4. This specific type of the modest Jaguar saloon could get further aerodynamic tweaks as well as also 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 also the fresh products established. Then our sales volumes will have doubled as well as also we’ll be a different company, with the scope for further investment.”
However, the item’s still thought in 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, although the item is actually 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 is actually not a priority, because we made the right choice with F-Type. XK did a very not bad job of bridging the gap. the item was a GT with two sharp ends of luxury as well as also performance, so the item ended up being a blend.”
The second fresh fast Jaguar will be a Porsche Macan Turbo-chasing type of the forthcoming F-Pace. The fresh crossover is actually due to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show This specific autumn, as well as also sources are already suggesting in which the item could end up outselling the XE. The F-Pace is actually even more likely to get the larger engine. One source said firmly: “The V8 will definitely be fitted to F-Pace.”
the item’s likely in which This specific motor will have 488bhp in a car in which will be badged F-Pace R. in which will allow space above the item 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 in 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 also-out brawn.
Pricing of the hot F-Pace will depend on the figures for the rest of the range, although the item’s likely to be slightly more expensive than an XE overall. in which could place an R type at about £60,000, or roughly the same as the Macan Turbo.
Beyond the XE as well as also F-Pace, Jaguar also has plans for SVR versions of the F-Type. When asked if the F-Type R could be the ultimate performance type of the vehicle, its vehicle director, Ian Hoban, said: “No. We have ideas. Look at the very successful sports cars as well as also to me they have a reason to repurchase every year — in 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 vehicle all 5 or six years ago as well as also engineered the item into the structure. the item’s all about business priorities.”
He added: “SVO are a very creative bunch. They’re all petrolheads to a man as well as also woman. the item’s an interesting skunkworks project.”
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