If you’re in the sports sedan game, you need quite a power plant to be taken serious around those parts. BMW has had the segment on lockdown with the M3 for years now, with Mercedes-Benz not far behind offering the C63 AMG. Then there’s the Audi S4 and RS4, and the Cadillac ATS-V, when it eventually comes out. And soon, there will also be a performance offering from Jaguar.
According to Car and Driver, the Jaguar XE is ready to challenge the aforementioned in form of SVR. C/D reports the XE’s engine bay was designed to not only fit its now range topping 3.0-liter supercharged V6, but the very well known supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine as well. Well known, because we’ve seen this motor before. The supercharged 5.0L has made appearances in the Jaguar XF Supercharged, producing 470 hp, the XFR, upping the output to 510 hp and the XFR-S making an incredibly healthy 550 hp.
The question is, which version of the motor will be offered? The 470 hp variant would be more than enough to challenge the BMW M3 at a measly 425 hp, but would be just inching out the AMG at 469 ponies. But the the way the power is produced is just as important as how much, and frankly, we’re growing tired of turboed cars already. A supercharged V8 in the compact performance luxury segment would that the Jaguar XE SVR is rumored to have would be the only offering of its kind.
It may be safe to say two variants of the motor will be offered, following in the steps of the Jaguar F-Type S and R models. This would also seem logical to take on the C63 AMG, and C63 S, or follow in the footsteps of Cadillac’s new Vsport line, saving the “V” vehicles for extremely potent powertrains.
What we do know is we can’t wait for the new Jaguar XE SVR to begin hitting the streets, although it may be a few years before we see it.