Has everyone forgotten about Jaguar's upcoming M3-fighter?
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has caused an enormous stir in the automotive community, and for good reason. The Giulia looks so much different than all of its competitors and it's been ages since we have had a (relatively) affordable Italian sedan that could rival the BMW 3 Series. The Giulia is even more impressive because, in the US at least, the fist variant that people will be able to buy is not a base four-cylinder version, but the twin-turbo V6 QV M3-fighter with 530 hp.
Unfortunately it has been rather difficult to remain hyped for this car, mainly because of how long it has been delayed. Still, the prospect of an Italian sedan with a Ferrari-tuned V6 under the hood is one that even M3 owners can get excited for. However, while we continue to wait for the Alfa Romeo Giulia there is another European sport sedan that isn't getting quite as much attention. The XE is Jaguar's attempt to take some sales away from the BMW 3 Series. The last time Jaguar attempted this with the X-Type, it didn't go over so well. This time, Jaguar is back with an all-new lightweight aluminum chassis for its small sport sedan and a range of engines that help it stand out against the competition.
There is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo with 240 hp, but the better option is the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 340 hp. However, if 340 horsepower isn't enough for you, Jaguar is also working on an XE SVR which will be powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that should put out around 500 horses. This is not quite as much power as the Giulia Quadrifolgio, but the Jag will come with the wonderful V8 soundtrack first heard in the F-Type V8. Honestly, isn't that amazing exhaust worth the 30 horsepower disadvantage? So why aren't more people hyped up for the XE SVR? For starters, Jaguar still hasn't unveiled any official details about the V8-powered XE.
We do know that the car was designed so that a V8 would fit into it, and Jaguar wouldn't build a 3 Series fighter without building a performance version to rival the M3. Another reason why people may not be quite as excited about the Jaguar is because although it will have V8 power, it won't have a manual transmission. What ever the reason, the long wait on the Alfa Romeo Giulia is driving us crazy. At this point, we wouldn't be surprised if the still-unannounced XE V8 actually made it on sale before the Giulia. Then we would finally have our quirky M3 fighter.