Yesterday, Jaguar took the wraps off its previously teased XE SV Project 8 super sedan, limited to 300 LHD models.
The Project 8 produces 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque from its 5.0L supercharged V8, making it the most powerful Jaguar ever built. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission (capable of changing gears in 200ms) the Project 8 can hit 60mph/97km/h in 3.3 seconds toward a top speed of 200mph/322km/h.
To ensure the XE SV Project 8 can get all of that power to the ground on the racetrack and at 200mph, it comes with a host of new aerodynamic upgrades. These include a carbon fibre wing, carbon splitter, carbon skirts, carbon diffuser, lightened carbon and aluminium body panels. The Project 8 has new track suspension with ride height adjestment, a new ‘Track’ driving mode, the first set of F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings every used on a road car and carbon ceramic brakes – the latter of which is a first for a production Jaguar. Furthermore, the car uses 20-inch forged alloy wheels with 265mm front and 305mm rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
The list of new performance features goes on – an active titanium exhaust system with four 89mm tailpipes and an electronic active rear diff. However, cosmetic item wise, there’s a carbon fibre trimmed interior with Alcantara highlights, aluminium steering wheel paddles, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.2-inch infotainment screen running Jaguar’s Touch Pro system and a 380W Meridian speaker system. From standard, the XE SV Project 8 is available with magnesium-trimmed front performance and regular rear seats, trimmed in Jet leather and suede cloth, however – you can option the car with the ‘Track Pack’, which saves 12.2kg by removing the rear seats, replacing the front seats with carbon-fibre racing bucket ones with 4-point harnesses and fire extinguishers. The Track Pack also includes a SV Project 8-branded carpet panel, a SV Project 8-branded Harness Retention Hoop, a glossy black roof and two off centre Project 8 stripes.