The Jaguar XE might not even be on the market yet, but that hasn't stopped the English manufacturer from planning its future. According to the latest rumour, an R version of the midsize sedan is already in the works.
Since the XE’s mandate is to challenge the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it has to offer a high-performance version. For now, the most powerful XE is the 335-horsepower XE-S. It’s good, but nothing to scare the 425-horsepower M3 or the even-more powerful C63 AMG.
The V6 that sits under the XE’s hood won’t be enough. If we are to believe the rumour mill, the V8 found in the F-Type S would easily fit in the sedan’s engine bay. With this powerplant, the XE-R could generate around 490 horsepower, which would be enough get it to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
Apart from the engine, we can expect a firmer suspension, different chassis settings and a better calibration for the eight-speed automatic gearbox to enable firmer shifts.