Jaguar XE-R planned image

The British based automaker Jaguar is reportedly planning to introduce a range-topping high-performance version of the current XE.

Ever since Jaguar has introduced the XE back in 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show, all eyes have been on it and this is acceptable considering the fact that the model is rivaling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4, the Cadillac ATS and so on. Reviews have been mostly subjective but it seems that the car manufacturer is planning to take things to a whole new level. According to a report published by Autocar, Jaguar is planning to introduce a high-performance version of the model, the so-called XE-R, which will take on the M3, the C63 AMG, the ATS-V and others.

This variant is believed to take its power from a supercharged V8 engine, rated at 488 HP (364 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque, which will allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds. The model is said to use the retuned adaptive dampers from the XE-S, along with the tweaked 8-speed automatic transmission signed by ZF. If this still hasn’t convinced you, keep in mind that our source is suggesting and even more powerful version. This will probably e called the XE SVR and it will be packing the same 5.0 liter V8 supercharged engine form the F-Type R Coupe, which is capable of putting down 542 HP (404 kW) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. Besides the extra power, expect some aerodynamic tweaks too and probably improved suspension and brakes.