Our video shows the high performance supercharged V8 saloon as it takes to the hill for the first time
Despite only confirmation that an «XJ derivative» would be in attendance from Jaguar, the car was first spotted by Autocar’s photographers in the First Glance paddock this morning, wearing light blue camouflage with the number 575 on it.
This suggests that the car’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been ramped up to F-Type R specification to produce 575PS, or 567bhp, and 502lb ft. The former is an increase of 25bhp on its predecessor.
This added grunt should ensure the 2017 super saloon can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 4.4sec and onto a top speed nudging 175mph.
Jaguar appears to have lightly adjusted the car’s exterior, with slightly more aggressive bumper designs and large diameter black wheels on the demonstration model.
When the car is officially revealed later this summer, it’ll slot between the super saloon classes of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 and upcoming BMW M5, the latter of which is due in August with all-wheel drive for the first time, and the S 63 and M760Li. As such, expect a starting price of more than £92,000 for the XJR.