Many were worried about what would become of Jaguar when it was acquired by Tata last year. However, so far Tata Motor's proprietorship has proven to be encouraging in its commitment to the Jaguar brand. The vision of Tata for Jaguar is reassuring as well as attractive. The current global economic downturn has affected the auto industry particularly hard and Jaguar's position within the industry doesn't look too good either. But Jaguar has plans to beat the odds with its current focus on a new roadster that many speculate will be an XE.
The reason for this move is because Tata sees the need to come out with something shiny and new. Initial reports pointed to a mid-engined car, the first mid-engined configuration since the XJ220 supercar of the 90s. With Tata referring to the new car as a roadster is at variance with the XE derivation from the R-Coupe Concept of 2001. The F-Type Concept from 2000 was a roadster but the latest car won't be sharing styling cues with it.
The most current report that has gone out is confirming the XE as a rival to the Porsche 911, but it does not establish a mid-engine configuration. The engine, however, is said to be a 5.0-liter V8 that comes with 385hp (287kW) in its standard trim and 510hp (380kW) with a supercharger fitted on the little coupe/roadster assures a remarkable performance no matter what configuration its going to be in. Yet, even the 3.0-liter V6 that will be reserved for European customers would still provide enough power numbers at 272hp (203kW) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque for a truly exciting ride.