The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 recently set a lap record for production sedans at the Nürburgring as the model lapped the green hell in 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds. That’s significantly faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but it doesn’t mean the British brand is ready to take on the competition.
According to Road and Track, Jaguar doesn’t have any plans to offer a V8 engine in either the XE or XF. The only exception is the XE SV Project 8 which features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 600 PS (441 kW) and enables the all-wheel drive model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).
When asked about the possibility of high-performance models, Jaguar design director Ian Callum told the publication “We work volume out proportionally” and “If we do an M3 version of XE, for instance, they’ll take the proportion of M3 to 3-Series and work it back from there.” Callum went on to say he doesn’t agree with this approach but “I’m not the one making those decisions.”
While we shouldn’t the company to introduce direct competitors to the BMW M3 and M5, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has plans to introduce at least one model every year so we can expect an assortment of high-performance variants in the future.