It appears that the BMW M3 will have a tough rival from Jaguar as the British manufacturer will offer a SVR version of its upcoming XE compact sedan. According to AutoExpress, the Jaguar XE SVR will use the well-known 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that will produce a staggering 490 hp.
The engine will enable the sedan to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4 seconds, while the top speed will be limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. Just like the other vehicles from the Jaguar lineup using the V8 engine, the XE SVR will use the 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new high-performance sedan will debut in early 2016, with a price tag of $100,000 or 75,000 euros. Due to the impressive performances and the big engine, the Jaguar XE SVR will arrive with high-performance brakes, stiffer suspension but also an electronically controlled limited slip differential that improves traction.
Regarding the design, the vehicle will feature a more aggressive aerodynamic kit featuring a new front bumper with larger air intakes for cooling the engine, new side sills as well as a rear trunk spoiler and a redesigned rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.
The interior will offer a new steering wheel, unique trims, sport bucket seats and aluminum pedals. More details to be revealed!
The new Jaguar XE boasts of having the most sophisticated chassis in its class, allowing the sports luxury sedan to set new benchmarks in terms of ride and handling. While its class rivals employ MacPherson strut suspension on the front axle, Jaguar's vehicle dynamics team used double wishbone configuration. Its aluminum front knuckles aren’t just light but are also stiff. Jaguar forged these aluminum knuckles from cast blanks using a patented production process.
Jaguar's vehicle dynamics team also decided to do away with a conventional multilink rear suspension system, as it isn't good enough to deliver the dynamics targets for the new Jaguar XE.
Instead, they employed the so-called Integral Link system, which is typically used in larger, more expensive vehicles. This system could deliver the ideal lateral and longitudinal stiffness values that Jaguar requires to allow the XE to offer precise handling and agile ride. Since aluminum is extensively employed, Jaguar was able to minimize its weight.
While an Electric Power Steering (EPAS) system could offer outstanding tuning potential and greater efficiency than traditional hydraulic systems, Jaguar's engineers had considered this technology as not mature enough to be employed in its vehicles. But certain development changed their mind, making the new XE the first Jaguar to employ EPAS.
Prototype development employing larger vehicles managed to convince Jaguar’s dynamics team that EPAS is now mature enough to deliver greater levels of fuel efficiency without any feedback loss on the steering wheel. EPAS could lower carbon dioxide emissions by up to 3 percent while delivering the performance expected by Jaguar's engineers.