Jaguar has revealed details of a new high-performance version of its XE with a seriously cool publicity stunt.
To show off the XE 300 Sport’s all-wheel-drive capabilities Jaguar pitted it against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu, on an 3km outdoor ice track.
The Hungarian gold medallist slid round the world’s longest ice track in four minutes and four seconds but the 295bhp sports saloon, unsurprisingly, smashed that with a time of three minutes and three seconds to set a new track record.
To give the icy time trial an extra edge, Shaolin’s girlfriend – Team GB skater Elise Christie – was part of team Jaguar, riding as a passenger XE 300 Sport took to the track.
Mike Cross, chief engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Ice is one of the most demanding surfaces for any vehicle to contend with and this race demonstrated the XE’s all-surface capability and unrivalled handling in adverse conditions.”
The 300 Sport is equipped with a 296bhp, 295lb/ft 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine, which powers the XE from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds.
The performance-inspired 300 Sport trim is also available on the XF and XF Sportbrake, which can be order with the 295bhp 3.0-litre diesel V6.
As well as the beefy powerplant and all-wheel-drive as standard, all 300 Sport cars get new exterior and interior design elements to make them stand out from other models.
All 300 Sport models feature unique Dark Satin Grey details including the door mirror caps, rear spoiler and grille surround, along with 19-inch or 20-inch Satin Technical Grey alloys and 300 Sport-branded brake callipers. Customers can choose from three exterior colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black, while the XE is also available in Caldera Red.
Inside, yellow contrast stitching on the steering wheel, seats, door casings and armrest mark the 300 Sport out. Other modifications include branded treadplates, chrome switches, bright metal pedals, sport carpet mats, badged steering wheel and embossed headrests.All models come with Jaguar’s Touch Pro 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard.
The new XE 300 Sport is available to order, priced from £45,160.