Jaguar is serious about competing against Germany, Japan and America. They’re so serious in fact, Britain’s AutoExpress recently heard of a possible new M3 fighter from the Coventry-based automaker.
According to the report, the model would take form as an XE SVR, based on the new BMW 3-Series fighter due from Jaguar in the near future. It’ll be built by Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Operations Division, the same branch responsible for the F-Type Project 7.
The Jaguar XE SVR will be the brand’s first addition to the BMW M3 fight, next to the Audi RS4, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and the Lexus IS F. A 5.0L supercharged V8 from the larger XJR could be shoehorned into the front end of the XE with 489bhp on tap for a 0-60 time of around four seconds.
As usual, expect larger brakes, more aggressive suspension and steering tuning and bodywork, with a standard electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. An active exhaust system modeled after the one on the F-Type is included to make things just as interesting.
So when should we expect it? Sometime in 2016, AE predicts.