Our spy photographers caught the Jaguar F-Type testing at the ‘Ring, but this doesn’t appear to be the supercharged V-6 powered roadster; this may be the brawnier F-Type R V-8. The roadster wasn’t alone though, because a revised XKR-S was also caught in the act.
Caught playing on the track is what could be the V-8 powered Jaguar F-Type, sporting quad exhausts. Jaguar confirmed a punchier 5.0-liter V-8 would find its way under the F-Type’s hood alongside the new 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Specifics weren’t revealed, but based on the power ratings of existing Jaguar V-8 models, an F-Type V-8, which could get an “R” moniker, could put out anywhere from 400 hp to more than 500 hp with a V-8. The normal six-cylinder is expected to be available in 340- and 380-hp variants while a turbocharged four-cylinder model is a possibility, as well.
The visual changes on the XKR-S are quite obvious. Just take a look at the canards mounted on the front bumper and the massive rear wing. The prototype also appears to have a different engine hood with additional air vents, bucket seats up front, and a lack of rear seats, leading us to believe this isn’t your average XKR-S. We also suspect more power will complete the car’s track readiness, and the air vents on the new hood design indicate that a revised engine may be on the way.
Jaguar is clearly stepping its game with the F-Type, and an F-Type R could spice things up in the sub-$100,000 high-performance roadster segment. But do you think Jaguar also needs a track edition of the XKR-S? Sound off in the comments below.