• Jan 27th 2009 at 1:58PM
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A couple of weeks back we reported on an ongoing debate between British automotive sites Autocar and AutoExpress over the emergence of a new Jaguar sportscar. While the former reported that Jaguar was to supplement the existing XK line with a smaller variant, likely named XE, the latter issued claims that the new model would be positioned above the XK with an engine placed behind. A third source, AutoWeek, has now thrown its hat into the ring, refuting AutoExpress' supercar reports and running instead with Autocar's idea of a smaller sportscar.

According to AutoWeek's man in the UK, rumors of a successor to the XJ220 are purely fantastical speculation, citing unnamed inside sources while noting quite rationally that something closer to the Porsche Boxster would make more business sense than a supercar in the Audi R8 mold. Who'll be vindicated in the Battle of the Auto___s? Time will tell, while here at Autoblog we'll contribute this much: why not build both? Wishful thinking to be sure, but if Jaguar hopes to take on Germany's best, they're going to need a wider range – and a halo car – to do it.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      God the XJ220 is a sexy car...
        • 6 Years Ago
        There was an XJ220 at the Palm Beach Supercar Weekend show this past weekend. I got several pics of it. It was also there last year.

      • 6 Years Ago
      i am all good and happy with a Boxster Cayman competitor.. the R and RR version will be 911 fighters...

      What i want to see is a new XJ and i know this is blasphemy... but what about something like the Enclave for Jag... built on the XJ platform....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oi, trying to tackle the Germans is why Jaguar is in such a sorry mess.

      They will not be doing a supercar anytime soon, certainly not one with a mid engine layout. How do I know? Oh this thing called a recession certainly makes a case for it. A supercar doesn't advance a brand anymore, if anything it can weaken it as important engineering know-how is siphoned off more profitable projects. Just look at Ford for an example of how dangerous a supercar project can be.

      Do you really think Audi would've made the R8 without ownership of Lamborghini?

      Jaguar will do what Jaguar knows how to do: build a sexy 2 seat sports car with the engine up front, as Sir William Lyons intended. Look for game changing sheetmetal, clever use of lightweight materials and quite possibly a diesel.