High Performance XE expected from Jaguar
The much awaited BMW 3 series competitor from Jaguar, the XE was recently released and it promises to give its rivals a run for their money. Jaguar is now working on a high performance version of the car to challenge the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
The current XE range is topped by the XE-S which is powered by a supercharged V6 engine that does duty in the base F-type as well. In the XE, it produces 335 BHP. For the new versions, Jaguar has the option to consider using a 237 BHP V6 diesel, which is present in the XF, to produce a powerful diesel XE. For the more powerful petrol variant, known as the XE-R, Jaguar might place the 488 BHP V8 from the F-type under the hood. The more powerful V6 may not be used as it will produce lesser power compared to the M3 and the company claims that the V8 is more easier to fit in the XE than the four cylinder engines. Jaguar is hoping to bring the 0-100 km/hr time to less than five seconds. Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations may also create a SVR version of the XE. This could make use of the 542 BHP V8 from the F-type coupe.
These performance variant will make use of ZF’s eight speed automatic gearbox that will be tuned to give better shifts. The XE-R will also get a retuned version of the active dampers present in the S model and a more focussed chassis setup. The car will also get aerodynamic upgrades and will get some carbon fibre bits.
This should make for an interesting competition between Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Source – Autocar