Jaguar Reportedly Rules Out BMW M3 And M5 Competitors

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.

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  • Gustavo Adriano

    I know, it’s a performance car, but that bumper full of holes is so weird… And more, I also didn’t like that rear spoiler :/

    • ok for th wing. But that Bumper is better looking than huge holes with fake grilles.

      • Infinite1

        I agree with you

  • SteersUright

    I can’t imagine there are more than 10 people who actually want this car at this price.

  • TheBelltower

    Jaguar needs to build a decent sedan. Period. Then they can attempt to go after the M3 and M5.

    • Kash

      The new XF-S is a really nice car. Has a nice little grumble from the V6 and has quite the get up and go actually. The interior is also really nice to look at and feels really well put together. Seriously, it’s a great alternative to the Germans, I can’t speak to reliability because I only had a loaner for a couple days, but in those couple of days i fell in love. I think Jag nailed it with the new XF, even if it looks a lot like the old one or a bigger XE, it looks so much better in person.

      • Bash

        Jaguar -In general- is somehow, a women magnet. That is why you are the only one who likes it here.

        • Kash

          Wait, are you trying to call them a chic brand? And I can’t be the only one can i?

      • botornot387

        Actually love the Jaguar XF. Not a Chic either. If you’ve driven one, you’d know it actually has the ride/handling more dialed in than the Germans which are always firm. Also the supercharged engine is good with gobs of power and it has lots of neat touches that make it stand out. Quality is way up too! More people should give them shot.

        • Kash

          Agreed. I love my F-pace and adore that supercharged V6, granted it (my car) has some gremlins starting to pop-up but so far it’s nothing the dealership hasn’t been able to fix over a weekend and nothing that’s needed a flatbed, Worst was when just the driver’s side head and tail lights went out. Again, not that bad and I found myself chuckling with a “Oh that’s English electrical work for ya” joke.

          I love the activity key but I wish i didn’t need to lock a fob in the car to use it and I wish it was more practical and more like a traditional fob; i.e. passive entry, foot activated liftgate, etc., but again, this quirk somehow makes me love the car a little more. The infotainment system isn’t going to win any awards but it’s far from the worst anyone offers, and it’s an infotainment system, what do you expect?

  • It will be an XF SVR -V8 Wagon for me please.

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  • nauticalone

    jaguars XF seems a nice enough sedan. I test drove (24 hour) F-Pace earlier this year and at the price point was just not impressed!
    I bought a new VW Touareg Wolfsburg Edition at near $40k less!

  • nellydesign

    Why does it need a V8 to compete with the M3? The M3 doesn’t have a V8. And numerous XE mules have been spotted sporting bigger brakes and intakes. They will undoubtedly make a standard SVR. So how does that not compete with the M3?