Jaguar Planning Mid-engine Supercar

After getting bought by the Indian Tata conglomerate in early 2008, Jaguar is heading into totally new directions. One of these directions will include the unveil of a mid-engine supercar ready to tackle the likes of the Audi R8, Auto Express exclusively reveals.

The new mid-engine GT is allegedly set to make its debut in concept form in just a year from now. A production version should arrive a few months later, if the car is well received by audiences.

A somewhat of a discrepancy in the Auto Express report is their say of the platform which will use, tipped to be that of the current XK. Normal cost-cutting measures but especially common sense tells us that it would be a little financially unsound to modify a FR (front engine, rear wheel drive) platform like that of the XK into a MR (mid-engine, rear wheel drive) one, just for the sake of building a money-eating halo car.

The report also said that IF a new Jag supercar is in the works at Coventry, it will most likely sport the new 5.0-litre supercharged mill from the recently launched XF-R, which coincidentally just became the fastest road-going Jaguar in history. The new super Jag is dubbed to receive the name “XE”.

Jaguar's last mid-engine supercar was the XJ220, which was launched in 1991, only to take the laurels of the fastest car in the world at the time. Even though it stayed in production for two years, the Tom Walkinshaw Racing developed-vehicle mostly attracted supercar speculators, so let's hope that faith will escape the next mid-engine Jag.

For the moment, everything about the new model is pure speculation, but we do know that the heads of Tata Motors are hard-headed individuals who didn't buy Jaguar and Land Rover just for the brand name. So, besides the new XJ four door sedan, we should expect something big from Coventry in the following year.
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