Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations is reportedly working on a high performance XE SVR – it could feature more than 500hp from a powerful V8
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- Could feature more than 500hp from a supercharged V8
- Potentially fitted with four-wheel drive
- Likely to be automatic only
- Prices expected to be around £65,000
Rumours suggest Jaguar is planning a range-topping high-performance XE SVR developed by the in-house SVO division. Jaguar’s current top-of-the-range XE is the 336hp XE S that already offers plenty of punch but the new SVR needs more firepower to stay competitive against German rivals including the Mercedes-AMG C63, upcoming Audi RS4 and the BMW M3.
2017 Jaguar XE SVR styling
Larger wheelarches, blistered bonnet bulges and vents, and a rear spoiler could set the SVR apart from standard XE models. Additionally, a variety of carbon fibre parts including bumpers, side skirts and mirrors will further differentiate this performance model. Finally, lightweight wheels and massive high-performance brakes will help bring the SVR to an abrupt halt.
The XE SVR’s interior will be similar to the XE S’s, shown, but could add carbon fibre trim pieces
2017 Jaguar XE SVR interior
The interior should combine luxury with some tasteful sporty touches such as carbon fibre trim pieces, Alcantara seat inserts and leather upholstery with contrast stitching. Expect grippy sports seats to hold passengers in place during fast cornering and Jaguar’s latest infotainment system.
2017 Jaguar XE SVR engine
The centre piece of the XE SVR is likely to be its 5.0-litre supercharged engine, borrowed from the Ranger Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR. We’re expecting it to be slightly detuned from the full-bodied 567hp found in the F-Type SVR down to around 500hp – a hefty number nevertheless.
It’s unlikely a manual gearbox will be available – Jaguar will probably opt to use the eight-speed automatic gearbox normally mated to this 5.0-litre V8. Power will be fed through an all-wheel-drive system, helping the Jaguar cover 0-62mph in potentially less than four seconds.
Sports saloon buyers don’t necessarily buy models with fuel economy in mind, so expect to see the Jag returning around 25mpg – assuming you can drive with the patience of a saint.
2017 Jaguar XE SVR price and release date
Jaguar could launch the XE SVR at the 2017 Geneva Motorshow in March. There’s no official news on when the SVR will go on sale but we suspect late 2017 or early 2018. When it arrives, it could demand a £65,000 price tag, putting it right in line with its closest competitors.