The Jaguar XE Reims Edition, available only in French Racing Blue, pays homage to the firm's extreme performance cars and heroic on-track victories.

Jaguar has unveiled a special edition Jaguar XE Reims Edition which pays homage to both its extreme performance cars and heroic on-track victories.

The special edition Jaguar XE celebrates the Jaguar D-Type and its maiden victory in 1954 at the 12-hours of Reims The special edition Jaguar XE celebrates the Jaguar D-Type and its maiden victory in 1954 at the 12-hours of Reims, piloted by Ken Wharton and Peter Whitehead completing over 2,000km at an average speed of 168km/h.

Commemorating this momentous victory, the Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust has fitted a plaque on the preserved Jaguar branded pit on the disused Reims-Geux circuit in the Champagne region in France.

In recent Jaguar history, cars that wore the famous French Racing Blue paint were the most extreme - the limited XKR-S and XFR-S are two examples - but for now, it makes a return on the limited XE Reims Edition. The XE Reims Edition will be the first of a series of 'Jaguar Factory Specials', limited production run vehicles with bespoke features and details overlaid on the current award-winning vehicle range.

The car also comes with a black contrast roof, black mirror caps, and black sill inserts Offered exclusively with the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine in R-Dynamic S guise, every Jaguar XE Reims Edition will be painted in French Racing Blue, with a number of unique contrasting elements including a black contrast roof, black mirror caps, black sill inserts and fitted with 19-inch, five split-spoke, gloss black alloys.

Options that have been standardised include privacy glass, exterior Black Pack that includes gloss black grille with gloss black surround, gloss black side window surrounds and gloss black side vents, badge deletion, heated seats and Cold Climate pack that includes heated windscreen, heated steering wheel, and head light washers.

All 200 of the limited XE Reims Editions will enjoy the myriad of upgrades that were added to the new XE, including the enhanced exterior design, and the all new luxurious interior as standard. The new all LED head lights, Apple CarPlay, a rear parking camera and front rear parking aids will also come as standard.