Jaguar XE 300 Sport Debuts With 296-HP 2.0 Turbo And Unique World Record

The covers have just been taken off the new Jaguar XE 300 Sport, complete with the brand’s most powerful four-cylinder Ingenium engine.

The model, designed to slot below the V6-powered XE S in the family, pumps out 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter mill. Unlike the XE S which features rear-wheel drive, grunt from the four-cylinder is funneled to all four wheels, allowing the sedan to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.4 seconds.

A number of styling elements distinguish the XE 300 Sport from other variants in the range. For example, there’s dark satin trim on the wing mirrors, spoiler, and front grille surround. Additionally, the car is offered with model-exclusive 19- and 20-inch wheels. Customers can choose between Yulong White, Indus Silver, Santorini Black, and Caldera Red for the exterior paint.

Understated performance

Buyers of the XE 300 Sport will also be welcomed by some changes when they step inside, including contrasting yellow stitching on the steering wheel, seats, and door internals. Jaguar’s 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system comes standard.

To premiere the vehicle, the British marque recruited the help of Hungarian Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Shaolin Sandor Liu to find out if the XE 300 Sport is quicker around an ice track than him. Sandor Liu negotiated the track in 4 minutes and 4 seconds but with Jaguar stability develpoment leader Sean Haughey behind the wheel, the car set a blistering 3 minute and 3 second lap at an average of 59 km/h (36 mph).

Jaguar has also announced 300 Sport trim levels for the XF and XF Sportbrake. These models come with a 296 hp 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel and are offered with the same interior and exterior touches, excluding the Caldera Red paint.

Pricing for the XE 300 Sport starts at £45,160 (equal to $64,030 at today’s exchange rates) in the UK.

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