The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most hardcore “four-door supercar” built by the company. Production limited to only 300 deep-pocketed driving enthusiasts.
Meet the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – the most extreme road car built by the British car marque to date. Production will be limited to just 300 units – all in left-hand drive spec – and each example will be hand-assembled at Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) technical centre in Coventry, UK.
The XE SV Project 8 is the second “Collector’s Edition” vehicle produced by Jaguar Land Rover SVO – their first vehicle was the stunning F-Type Project 7 that came out back in 2014. However, while the Project 7 was based on a full-on supercar, the Project 8 uses the modest XE sedan as its base. The SVO division, however, has apparently tinkered every single component in the sedan so as to “thrill driving enthusiasts”.
Let’s start with the most important ingredient in its making – the engine. The Project 8 comes fitted with the familiar 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that does duty in a range of Jaguar Land Rover cars. However, in here, the engine develops 592bhp – 25bhp more the F-Type SVR. Paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine channels power reserves to all four wheels. The end-result of that is a family saloon that accelerates from naught to 100km/h within 3.5 seconds – Jaguar says it’s the firm’s fastest accelerating car yet! Not only that, the Project 8 has a claimed top speed of 322km/h – which, if you think about it, is supercar territory.
In addition to giving it a fire-breathing V8, the SVO engineers have made some serious mods to the chassis and bodywork of the XE. For instance, the Project 8 gets a carbon fibre front bumper with massive cooling ducts, a vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared wheel arches that house 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, an adjustable front splitter, flat underbody, a rear carbon fibre bumper, a rear diffuser and, obviously, that massive aerodynamic wing that’s sticking out at the back.
Handling characteristics are further enhanced by a double-wishbone front and integral link rear suspension with stiffer springs, while the car also gets manually adjustable continuously variable dampers. This results in a 15mm lower ride height. The Project 8 also gets a new carbon ceramic braking system with Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings – a first for any road car, claims Jaguar.
Inside, the Project 8 runs a similar high-performance theme with a dose of carbon fibre trim on the steering wheel, instrument binnacle and door pads. There are paddle shifters while the XE also comes with a dedicated Track Mode that sharpens throttle and steering responses. The Project 8 will be offered in two trims – Standard with a four-seat layout and the optional Track Pack. The latter adds carbon fibre racing seats and four-point harnesses.
The Jaguar XE SV Project will make its “dynamic” world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30, 2017. Which, we think, is going to be a noisy and tyre-smoking affair.