Jaguar Has No Plans To Build Direct M3 and M5 Fighters

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And no, the XE SV Project 8 doesn't count.

Look at the current Jaguar XE and XF. Both are rear-wheel-drive luxury performance sedans that can accommodate a V8 engine, and a supercharged one at that. It would make sense, therefore, for Jaguar to build direct competitors to the BMW M3 and M5 segment benchmarks.Only Jaguar has no intention of doing so. Speaking to Road and Track, Jaguar design chief Ian Callum stated the supposed rationale: "We work volume out proportionally, which I don't necessarily agree with," he said.

"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. But I think if we did an M3 version of XE, we'd proportionally sell more, because, we just would. I don't agree with it, but I'm not the one making those decisions." Callum also made mention of the fact that Jaguar does not have a high-performance version of the XF Sportbrake. Naturally this caught Road and Track’s attention, so they reached out to Jaguar, but it quickly confirmed it has “no plans to bring a V8 to the XF at this time.” Bear in mind, however, that Jaguar has already gifted the world the XE SV Project 8, the newly crowned Nurburgring lap record holder for the world’s fastest production sedan.

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However, production is limited to a mere 300 examples globally. Jaguar, according to Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division boss John Edwards, has expansion plans, though specifics are being kept hush-hush for now. A company spokesperson did confirm that at least one SVO model would be introduced each year for the foreseeable future. Spy shots have already confirmed that an F-Pace SVR is on the way, likely set for a New York debut next spring. Even the Land Rover Velar, which shares a platform with the F-Pace, could receive the SVR treatment too. Given everything, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) may introduce high-performance SUVs at the sacrifice of M3 and M5 sedans.

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