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Spied: Jaguar XE-based test mule hints at more powerful version

Spied: Jaguar XE-based test mule hints at more powerful version image

Aurick Go / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 27, 2017 12:04

Jaguar’s entry-level saloon may be available in high performance trim

With the sighting of this peculiar Jaguar XE-based test mule, even our spies are rather puzzled at what exactly this car serves to do. Sporting wider arches, bigger intakes, a massive rear wing, bigger brakes, and a set of O.Z. Wheels, clearly this particular mule is testing for a model with loads more performance than the factory spec of Jaguar’s compact saloon.

Spied: Jaguar XE-based test mule hints at more powerful version

If memory recalls, Jaguar have revealed the XE SV Project 8 last may. The SV Project 8 is a limited edition version of the XE that packs a 592PS 5.0-liter V8 – making it the most powerful Jaguar to be ever produced.

Spied: Jaguar XE-based test mule hints at more powerful version

If this mule was serving to test some bits for that model though, it’s rather odd that Jaguar have decided to use a mule and camouflage instead of actually using the SV Project 8 body as revealed last month.

Spied: Jaguar XE-based test mule hints at more powerful version

Piqued by this, our spies checked in with the DVLA in the UK to no avail – only hinting that the mule has been registered in May 2017. What purpose do you think this mule serves? Will we see another performance version of Jaguar’s compact saloon?