For a few decades now, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been taking each other on in the small performance sedan segment. The Audi RS4, BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG (with its various different names over the years) have been duking it out for years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, according to some rumors, there’s going to be a newcomer in the segment quite soon — the Jaguar XE SVR.
Jaguar has yet to have a horse in this race, with the most powerful car it’s developed for the segment has been the Jaguar XE 35t R-Sport, which only competes with the Audi S4. However, the upcoming XE SVR will be a proper high-performance sedan to take on the Audi RS4 and BMW M3.
SVR is the badge that signifies Jaguar Land Rover’s high-performance subdivision, SVO. So far, there have been a couple of JLR SVO products, such as the Range Rover SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR. This new Jaguar XE SVR is the next in line and will likely be the most exciting.
Sporting a 5.0 liter supercharged V8, the Jaguar XE SVR will develop somewhere around 500 hp. The very same V8 is currently used in the other SVO products, though those make around 550 hp. The XE SVR will likely make quite a bit less, considering its size. That monstrous V8 will be mated to an eight-speed automatic ZF-sourced gearbox and will almost certainly power all four wheels, as all other SVO products do. So expect incredible acceleration and a raucous exhaust note.
By comparison, the Audi RS4 will use either a twin-turbocharged version of the same 3.0 liter V6 in the Audi S4 or the new 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 in the Porsche Panamera. Either way, it will probably develop somewhere around 450 hp, which is significantly less than we’ll likely see from the Jag. It’s also most likely going to be mated to a ZF-soured eight-speed auto, as Audi’s S-Tronic can’t handle the extra torque.
We don’t have any exact figures for the upcoming Jaguar XE SVR but we do know that it will be exciting, powerful and dynamic. While we’re excited about the upcoming Audi RS4, the brand from Ingolstadt had better watch out for the plucky new Brit.