Jaguar has launched a new special edition version of its XE sports saloon designed to honour the company’s achievements at the historic Reims race track.
Based on the XE R-Dynamic S, the Reims Edition is an homage to the Jaguar D-Type’s maiden victory at the 12 Hours of Reims in 1954. The British company will build just 200 examples of the car, which includes visual and equipment upgrades.
Chief among these features is the French Racing Blue paint, last seen on the high-performance XFR-S and XKR-S models. Gloss black paint on the 19-inch alloy wheels, door mirrors and grille complements the bright bodywork.
Inside, the Reims Edition promises black leather upholstery, heated seats and a Cold Climate Pack. That adds a heated windscreen, heated steering wheel and headlight washers to the mix. All that comes on top of the standard XE R-Dynamic S specification, which includes a 10-inch touchscreen, parking sensors and climate control.
Power comes from the XE’s P250 petrol engine. It’s a 2-litre unit that drives the rear wheels with the help of an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and it produces 247bhp. That means 0-62 mph takes just over six seconds, while the top speed is 155mph.
The XE Reims Edition is already on sale in the UK, with prices starting at £38,295.