Jaguar has been teasing us with images of the XE SV Project 8 for some time now. Now, the Coventry carmaker has fully revealed the super saloon, which is the “most powerful, agile and extreme” performance Jaguar road car ever. The second Collector’s Edition model developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) after the F-Type Project 7 of 2014, the XE Project 8 churns out a whopping 600 horsepower from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. With an eight-speed automatic gearbox sending the power to all four wheels, the super saloon does 0-60mph (0-97kph) in 3.3sec, making it the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet. It also goes all way up to a top speed of 322kph.
The Project 8 will also be the first car to be completely hand-assembled at the new £20 million SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, UK. “SVO's raison d'être is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability,” says John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director. “Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise,” he adds.
There are several modifications made to the XE’s lightweight body panels as well, including carbon fibre bumper with larger cooling ducts, vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared bodywork covering 20in forged aluminium alloy wheels, adjustable front splitter, flat underbody, rear carbon fibre bumper, rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing.
The Project 8 will make its dynamic world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.