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Reports indicate that a high-performance version of the Jaguar XE is in the works. The Jaguar XE-R is slated to take on the established big boys, namely the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C 63 and Audi RS4.

Word is that the XE-R will adopt the F-Type‘s supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine, with around 488 hp and 625 Nm of torque. A 0-100 km/h time of under five seconds can be expected through a more aggressively-mapped eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The XE-S‘s adaptive suspension should be retained, albeit retuned to handle the extra performance.

Apart from from the XE-R, a range-topping XE SVR variant is apparently on the way as well, and will be equipped with the F-Type R‘s 542 hp/680 Nm version of the same engine. The SVR will also be put on a carbon-fibre diet and will get more aerodynamically-efficient bodywork revisions.

At point of introduction September last year, the range-topping model in the XE lineup was the XE-S, which is equipped with the F-Type’s supercharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol, which like the base model of its sports car sibling, produces 340 PS and 450 Nm.