Is Jaguar Planning an XE SVR with a Supercharged V8?
Jaguar’s drip-feed on the all-new XE has painted a striking picture of the marque’s BMW-fighting sports sedan. Powered by the firm’s compact yet potent Ingenium four-cylinders, it’ll probably be a worthy contender too — but you didn’t think Jag would stop there, did you? Well, they haven’t, at least according to a new report from the UK’s Auto Express. In a bid to keep up with the high-flying BMW M3, Jaguar will reportedly offer a hotted-up XE SVR version, equipped with the F-Type’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8. This is good news for all you Jag enthusiasts out there. RELATED: See Photos of the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
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Production of the SVR will allegedly be handled by Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, which will ditch the XE’s aluminum four-banger in favor of the firm’s blown V8, tuned to output 489 horsepower.
Compare that to the 425-horsepower twin-turbo BMW M3, the 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter Audi RS 5, and the upcoming Mercedes C63 AMG (packing a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8), and one thing is clear – this already competitive segment is about to get even fiercer.
The report suggests the XE SVR will arrive in early 2016 at around $100,000, fitted with the automaker’s eight-speed automatic transmission, a go-fast bodykit, tighter suspension, and tweaks to the car’s differential. As we said earlier, try to stifle your excitement – Jaguar will unveil the XE on September 8th.
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