At an event on September 8, at Earl’s Court, London, Jaguar unveiled its latest driver’s car: the 2015 Jaguar XE.
The 2015 Jaguar XE will sit just below the XF and XJ sedans, but is the first Jaguar to be built on the new, modular JLR architecture. In its “S” specification, it comes with the same supercharged 3.0 liter V6 as found in the F-type, mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. Performance is quoted at 4.9 seconds to 60 mph from its available 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. We expect some sort of M3-fighting R model with a 5.0L V8 in the future. Or so we hope.
Most exciting about the 2015 Jaguar XE is the extensive use of aluminum in the car, keeping the curb weight down to a respectable 3,250 lbs or so. This, coupled with an admirable claimed drag coefficient of just 0.26, ought to make for outstanding range and performance.
For context, the Tesla Model S was the slipperiest production car in the world at its time of release, with a drag coefficient of 0.24.
Unfortunately for the speed-obsessed, top speed on the 2015 Jaguar XE is electronically limited to 155 mph – though Jaguar has until 2016 to undo the limit for America-bound models. And with such a low drag figure, we have to wonder how fast it’d get before the power ran out.