Jaguar is Preparing an Assault on AMG
Jaguar Special Operations is Cooking Up a Monster
While Jaguar might be known for their more modest offerings in recent years, the company has always seemed to have a flair for performance vehicles. Over the years, Jaguar has quietly snuck cars like the XKR-S and XFR-S into its lineup and more recently, the F-Type has caused quite a stir in the automotive industry.
Ever since the F-Type was released, it seems that Jaguar’s engineers are becoming bolder in their workshops. The formula is simple: build insane and great-looking coupes and sedans, then set your sights on the leading performance brands in the industry.
Recently we’ve heard tale of a new super-saloon in the works. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a madhouse on wheels; harboring 560 hp in its 5.0 L supercharged V8, the XE SV is already being hailed as Jaguar’s most powerful road car. Production will be limited to a strict 300 units worldwide, and each vehicle will be hand-assembled at Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the way the F-Type sounds, you’re going to love this one even more.
John Edwards, Jaguar SVO’s chief engineer, told the automotive press that Jaguar is ready to deliver a true sports car, and more specifically, an AMG GT fighter. You might think that Jaguar is already poised to make its move with the F-Type, but Edwards says Jaguar still needs to step it up to really be competitive.
The problem with the F-Type is that first and foremost, it’s a muscle car. It’s loud and harsh and it doesn’t have a vast array of high-tech gadgetry and assists to defeat the likes of the AMG GT or the prototype BMW M8 in open combat. This is reason enough for Jaguar to start cooking up some new projects.
Of course, Edwards didn`t reveal specifics on what shape this AMG challenger might take, or even when we can expect to see such a car in action. All we can be sure of for now is that something very exciting is happening at Jaguar, and that we have a glorious supercar rivalry to look forward to.
Mercedes, rest assured; the British are coming.