In hopes of boosting the brand’s reputation, the British automaker is working on a Jaguar XE-R model that will take on the likes of BMW’s M division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG models. At launch, the Jaguar XE’s most powerful model will be the V6 S which offers 335 hp, but that won’t be enough to entice shoppers that want plenty of performance to go with their luxury. That means the Jaguar XE-R won’t use the F-Type S’s V6 since that’ll be less than the M3’s 425 hp, instead expect it to be outfitted with the F-Type roadster’s V8 pushing 488 hp.
According to Autocar, Jaguar sources have confirmed the V8 is easier to integrate into the XE’s engine bay than Jaguar Land Rover’s own Ingenium four-cylinder diesel engine. To boost the Jaguar XE-R’s performance outside from just horsepower, torque and 0-60 times, expect it to get retuned suspension while the eight-speed automatic transmission will also be altered for more aggressive shifts in manual mode.
Best of all, the introduction of the Jaguar XE-R means the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations division will be able to create an even hotter model that borrows the 542-hp V8 found in the F-Type R coupe.
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