“The agility, dynamic handling and all-wheel drive traction of the XE 300 SPORT came into its own on this challenging track.”Vincent Radermecker, setter of a production saloon record at Nürburgring
After completing the fastest ever lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a production sedan behind the wheel of the XE’s track-ready stablemate, the SV Project 8, driver Vincent Radermecker attempted to set a production saloon lap record in the XE 300 SPORT. With a roundabout and two narrow gateways not used in the original circuit to contend with, Vincent lapped the demanding track in just 4 minutes 09 seconds at an average speed of 116km/h (72mph).
The XE 300 SPORT is powered by a 300 hp 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine and is capable of 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds). With 295 lb-ft of torque, Vincent was able to make full use of the XE’s exceptional handling capabilities to exploit the smallest of opportunities throughout the twisty, undulating track, which snakes around the extinct volcano that sits in the centre of the original layout.
“The XE features a lightweight, stiff Aluminium-intensive Architecture and sophisticated integral-link rear suspension, making it the best driver’s car in its class,” said Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer. “Following the XE SV Project 8’s record-setting lap at the Nürbugring, for the 300 SPORT to set a record on this fast, flowing and demanding circuit demonstrates that these are two cars with one DNA.”
The Jaguar XE won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Best Small Premium Car in Canada Award for 2018. It is available in five trim levels with the most potent being the $61,500 all-wheel drive S model which has a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with 380 hp and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.