Everyone is hyped for a new M5, but we think that an XF SVR could be much better.
The G30 BMW 5 Series will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017. Even though BMW hasn't even revealed the next-generation 5 Series, people are already hyped about an all-new M5 we have few concrete details of. There have been rumors about everything from AWD, to a three-cylinder hybrid drivetrain with 600 horsepower, but all signs to seem to point to an M5 that is sure to piss off BMW purists. Why should anyone get hyped about this new 5 Series when the Jaguar XF is so awesome?
The G30 5 Series won't be drastically different from the current F10 generation, but it will lose around 400 pounds thanks to carbon fiber and aluminum. However, for 2017 the Jaguar XF has also lost a ton of weight thanks to the liberal use of aluminum.
The XF is available with a 2.0-liter diesel with 184 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque. This engine can get you over 40 mph, but speed freaks should opt for the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 which comes in 340 and 380 horsepower tunes. The V6 in the XF is much more powerful than the inline-six in the 535i, but can't match the V8 550i's 445 horsepower. Even though the BMW does offer more power at the moment, we expect to see a hardcore XF SVR model that should give speed freaks all they can handle. JLR has already confirmed that it will roll out a new SVR model each year until 2020, and we have no doubt that the XF and XE will be big priority.
We would expect a SVR version of the XF to pack the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that is found in other SVR models like the F-Type and Range Rover Sport. In the F-Type SVR, the V8 produces 575 horsepower and sounds absolutely sinister. A new M5 could come with over 600 horsepower, but what gets you more excited, a fire-spitting supercharged Jag, or a hybrid, technology-filled M5? In this case, we would take the purist route and stick with the car that should sound like it has an angry bear in the exhaust pipe. The XF is already a very exciting looking car, and the added flare of an SVR model will help it stand out next to the 5 Series which is normally quite plain.
Jaguar has quietly given its lineup a fresh new infotainment system which is already getting rave-reviews. Technology was often a weak point for Jaguar as was the pricing. Now, the XF at $48,500 actually undercuts the Infiniti Q70, Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Jaguar has made a ton of improvements, and its cars should no longer be underrated.