Poor BMW and the M3. Being king of the hill for over 2 decades as the best sports sedan/coupe has everyone gunning for you. Recently Cadillac has been bragging that their new ATS-V will kick the living shit out of the M3 with its 6.2 liter V8 stolen from the Corvette. Even pretty kitty Jaguar is getting into the act.
Jaguar has been on a role with their new F-Type coupe and now feels they can take on King BMW and the legendary M3.
While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, it is a possibility that Jaguar will stuff its 5.0 liter supercharged V8 under the hood of an XE to create the XE-R. It isn’t official, but Jag does say it’s possible, as the engine will fit. The blown 5.0 liter V8 could very well produce 500 horsepower, as the same V8 in other Jaguar applications has 550 horsepower. That much power would make it, by far, the most powerful in the segment of performance sedans that the M3 occupies.
But thats not all – Jaguar will also give this XE-R new and bigger brakes, adaptive dampers and a performance-tuned chassis. All the ingredients to take on the legend.
As the Villian in Taken (movie) said before Liam Nelson threatens to kill him – “Good Luck”.