Jaguar unleashes its most powerful road car ever- the XE SV Project 8

Written by Lee Bailie on .

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I'll be brief-- the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is jawdropping. The second vehicle built by the company's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) arm (and first at its new Technical Center in Warwickshire, England), the hand-built XE SV Project 8 is powered by a 5.0L supercharged V8 that produces 592 horsepower, 516 lb-ft. torque, goes from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 322 km/h. The car also has an adjustable ride height, active aero, carbon ceramic brakes and F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings. Only 300 will be built (all left-hand drive), but unlike the rest of the world, North America will not be getting the two-seat, Track Pack version.

The XE SV Project 8 is making its worldwide debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England which runs from June 30-July 2.

Pricing and on-sale date have not been announced. See below for Jaguar's official release.

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Technical Press Kit: Jaguar XE SV Project 8

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has revealed the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever produced – the 200 mph, 592HP Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sedan.

Following the successful F-TYPE Project 7 of 2014, the XE SV Project 8, the second Collector’s Edition by SVO, is a hand-built four-door sedan with supercar performance – designed to thrill driving enthusiasts, with an extraordinary combination of explosive power, dynamic agility and all-wheel-drive traction. No more than 300 examples will be created for global sale, each to be assembled at the SVO Technical Center in Coventry, England.

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“SVO's raison d'être is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability. 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,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “Project 8 will be assembled by hand in the new SVO Technical Center, and we're confident that our enthusiastic and demanding clients will love driving Project 8 as much we do!"

The Project 8 exclusively features the most powerful version of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 gasoline powertrain. The 592HP power unit, which has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, is complemented by a standard All Wheel Drive (AWD) system(4) and motorsport-derived aerodynamics to deliver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 3.3sec(1), making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.

Fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, Project 8 features a number of purposeful modifications to the lightweight aluminum body panels of the award-winning Jaguar XE sports sedan, including:

  • Carbon Fiber Bumper with enhanced Cooling Ducts
  • Vented Carbon Fiber hood
  • Flared bodywork
  • 20-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels
  • Adjustable Front Splitter
  • Flat Underbody
  • Rear Carbon Fiber Bumper
  • Rear diffuser
  • Adjustable Rear Aerodynamic Wing

“We have really been able to unleash the potential of our engineering and design teams in specifying Project 8. We are at the beginning of a very challenging and exciting development program which will see us focus on ensuring Project 8 delivers track performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar,” said, Mark Stanton, SVO Director. “The SVO team is full of performance car enthusiasts that are now briefed to deliver motorsport science and soul in what is effectively a four-door supercar.”

 

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To ensure optimum performance on road or track, the Project 8 furthers the effectiveness of the double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension in the standard XE with stiffer springs and manually adjustable Continuously Variable Shock Absorbers (giving a 0.6-in/15mm lower ride height for track use). The Project 8 also debuts a new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, which uses a Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, and incorporates a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD) with oil cooler.

The high-performance theme continues inside with subtle applications of Gloss Carbon Fiber trim as well as Alcantara on the rim of the Project 8 Sport Steering Wheel, instrument panel and door panels. The eight-speed Quickshift® transmission can either be operated by aluminum paddle shifters behind the steering wheel or by the central Pistolshift lever – another first for XE.

The Project 8 is also the first Jaguar to feature a dedicated Track Mode, which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use, and sharpens both throttle and steering responses for ultimate precision and driver feedback.

Globally, the Project 8 will be available in two- and four-seat specification. In North America the vehicle is available exclusively as a four-seat model featuring the brand’s latest front Performance seats with magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear seat cushion to maximize support. In some global markets, an optional two-seat Track Pack includes lightweight front Carbon Fiber Racing Seats with Four-Point Harnesses fixed to a Harness Retention Hoop in place of the rear seat. All Project 8 models will be built in left-hand drive configuration only.

Full details of Project 8 are now online at www.jaguarusa.com, including eight body color choices – three eye-catching standard colors: Fuji White, Narvik Black and Caldera Red; plus five enhanced SVO Design options incorporating colors and finishes from the SVO Premium Palette: Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue, Meribel White, Verbier Silver and Corris Grey (satin matte).

Owners of the Project 8 will also be able to personalize their car by opting for further colors and finishes from the SVO Premium Palette range, which includes 19 colors in tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent, ChromaFlair™ and satin matte finishes. Race-inspired decal packs, accentuating the high-performance attributes of the Project 8, are also available.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will make its world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, UK, which runs from June 29 – July 2. The Project 8 will make its dynamic world debut on the famous Goodwood Hill on Friday, June 30.

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Photography courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Canada ULC

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