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Jaguar announces 575-horsepower XJR

by Ronan Glon

Jaguar is sending its high-performance XJ to the gym.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has become the venue of choice for automakers who want to show a new, performance-oriented model outside of the traditional auto show circuit. The big news from Jaguar this year was the , but the British company also announced a sportier XJ.

A camouflaged XJR prototype arrived at the event with the number 575 plastered all over it. And while Jaguar isn't willing to reveal additional details, the livery suggests it's a 575-horsepower version of the company's biggest -- and oldest -- performance sedan.

believes the cavalry comes from the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 found under the hood of the . It's an evolution of the eight-cylinder that powers the standard XJR that receives 25 additional horses and about 14 additional pound-feet of torque.

In its most basic configuration, the XJR hits 60 mph from a stop in 4.4 seconds, and it goes on to a top speed of 174 mph. The 575-horsepower engine might shave a few milliseconds from its zero-to-60 time.

The next evolution of the Jaguar XJR will make its official debut before the end of the summer. We'll likely see it in the metal this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and it should land in showrooms in time for the 2018 model year.

Watch as takes the up the hill

— Jaguar Racing (@JaguarRacing)

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