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Tony O'Kane | Jun 18, 2009

ACCORDING TO Autoweek, the hi-po 380kW 5.0 litre V8 fitted to the XFR and XKR will soon see service in the engine bay of the upcoming 2011 XJ saloon - however, it won't be powering a range-topping XJR version.

No, instead the supercharged bent-eight will be fitted to the next-gen XJ SV8, while a smaller 186kW 3.5 litre V8 will propel the lower-spec models in the XJ range.

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That means the XJR variant should be something truly special and, if our logic serves us correctly, be motivated by the most powerful road-going Jaguar engine created.

Just what that engine is remains to be seen however. Whether the XJR's mill will be a development of the current Gen III AJ V8 used by the XF and XK or an entirely new design is a mystery, but the general consensus is that, as is, the XFR's engine is capable of even more power with the addition of more boost.

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Diesel engines are also likely for the European market, and Jaguar's chief engineer Kevin Stride has also mentioned that the marque is working on a hybrid powertrain.

Whether or not a petrol-electric system will be fitted to the new XJ remains to be seen; however, given the car is a ground-up redesign, integrating such technology should be relatively easy.

[Autoweek]

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