Jaguar XE-R Targets BMW M3

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The new Jaguar XE won’t stop with just competing against the BMW 3 Series.

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.

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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.

[Source: Autocar]

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  • smartacus

    Jaguar should go after the BMW M2!!

    it’s so easy. it’s low hanging fruit.
    BMW hobbled the M2 down to a laughable 365HP just to protect the M4.
    Talk about “underkill”
    AUDI TTRS and S3 owners rejoice!