Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Look

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It puts 591 hp (441 kW) of power to the road through all four wheels, and makes the auto capable of dispatching the 60 miles per hour (98 km/h) sprint in just 3.3 seconds. But with so few being built, it's doubtful Jaguar's most powerful vehicle yet will be left gathering dust in showrooms.

While the auto comes with a full interior as standard, a Track Pack option (which Jag hasn't announced the price of), will get rid of the rear pew, replace the front seats with Sabelt racing buckets, and lower the ride height by 15mm.

Special Operations managing director John Edwards explained that the ethos behind Project 8 (which follows the F-Type-based Project 7) was to push the limits of the still relatively new performance division of Jaguar Land Rover.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most hardcore "four-door supercar" built by the company. With just 300 examples to be built, the Project 8 is officially the most powerful production Jaguar in history.

The XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful Jaguar road vehicle ever, thanks to its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. Components such as the hood, front and rear bumpers, front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser are all made from the lightweight composite.

The 5-litre petrol engine in the new auto is the most powerful motor that Jaguar has ever used in one of its road cars, and is mated up with a titanium exhaust, eight-speed automatic transmission and Jaguar's all-wheel drive system that can make 400ms adjustments to the power being delivered to the front and rear wheels. The bad news is that this means it will be seriously limited - just 300 are being created, all of which will be assembled at the new Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in Coventry.

The Project 8 will be available in two forms: the "normal" four-seat model and a two-seat Track Pack version. Project 8 features all-wheel drive, a 592bhp V8 engine, unique chassis updates, and bespoke bodywork.

Earlier today we heard about the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 and now Jaguar has released a couple of videos of the auto in action.

Jaguar will offer some customisation options so customers can personalise their Project 8, but that refuses to budge when it comes to either wheels or tyres.

Suspension bushes throughout Project 8 are also stiffer, and those in the rear upper control arm are replaced with ball joints and both front and rear anti-roll bars have been tuned to maximise grip and traction. The XXL rubber necessitates swollen wheel arches but also the need to move the headlamps forwards by 0.6 inch. We are, however, expecting that a slightly less potent version of the same powertrain will propel a less expensive XE SVR produced in greater volume. "Project 8, for me, is that concept taken to its logical extreme".

Jaguar has now revealed what its extraordinarily powerful XE SV Project 8 super saloon looks like undisguised.

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