New details of Jaguar’s M3-stalking midsizers have surfaced in the UK, following this week’s European launch of the new XE sedan.
Talk of a hero R-badged model in the XE line has been doing the rounds since its September unveiling, but, for its part, the carmaker has yet to reveal exactly what buyers can expect from the new flagship model.
For now, the range is topped by the XE S, drawing power from the same 250kW supercharged 3.0 litre six found in the two-door F-Type sports cars.
According to the UK’s Autocar, Jaguar will soon address the defecit with the anticipated XE R model, again utilising a familiar option: the F-Type V8 S roadster’s 364kW supercharged 5.0 litre V8.
That betters not only the M3’s 317kW, but also the 350kW offered with AMG’s 4.0 litre V8 C 63 sedan. Of course, AMG has another card: the 375kW ‘S’ version, which is what we'll see in Australia.
Still, with Jag’s big eight claiming a 0-100km/h time of just 4.3 seconds in the F-Type, it should be able to bring the XE mighty close to the 4.1 second claim of both rivals.
But, despite the V8’s monstrous power and torque (625Nm to the M3’s 550Nm, but AMG wins again with 650Nm/700Nm), it may not be enough to outright surpass the heroic M and AMG sedans.
That’s where Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) comes in.
Beyond the XE R, we can expect to find an even hottered XE SVR. Details of that potential M and AMG slayer are thin on the ground, but we might expect to find the F-Type R Coupe’s 404kW/680Nm V8 under the hood.
It may take more than grunt alone to get the XE past its rivals, however, with the F-Type R Coupe’s 0-100km/h still ‘only’ listed at a painfully close 4.2 seconds.