The Jaguar XE 300 Sport special edition has officially arrived in South Africa, powered by a 221 kW version of the British brand’s turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Jaguar South Africa quotes a price of R792 800 excluding CO2 tax, which we calculate will add R4 175 to the figure (for a total of R796 975).
The special-edition model shares its powertrain with the XE 30t derivatives, which means 221 kW and 400 N.m is directed to the rear wheels for a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of 5,7 seconds.
The XE 300 Sport is offered in four exterior paint colours (Caldera Red, Santorini Black, Indus Silver and Yulong White), complete with model-specific enhancements such as a Dark Satin Grey finish for the grille surround, window surrounds, side-sills, vents, rear valance, side-mirror caps and rear spoiler.
Alloy wheel choices include 19- and 20-inch items (also in Dark Satin Grey), while the black brake callipers boast “300 Sport” branding.
This badging is repeated inside on the steering wheel, treadplates, floor mats and headrests, while yellow contrast stitching is found on the instrument panel, door trim, floor mats, armrest, steering wheel, rear bench and 14-way power adjustable front perches.
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