Jaguar XE SV Project 8 fitted with a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that develops 441kW and 700Nm and will complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the meanest, angriest, most powerful and fastest Jaguar road car ever. Ever. Let’s get some numbers out of the way first: the XE SV Project 8 is powered Jaguar’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 that has been tuned to produce 441kW and 700Nm, power is sent to all four wheels via Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic. The XE SV Project 8 will race to 100km/h from standstill in 3.7 seconds, the fastest sprint time of any Jaguar road car. Keep the pedal to the floor and the XE SV Project 8 will roar and snarl all the way up to its top speed of 322km/h. An active titanium active exhaust ensures things are suitably shouty.
Once you’ve hit dizzying speeds, you’ll need to come to a stop quickly and efficiently. Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has thought of that too, fitting the mad cat with a Carbon Ceramic braking system, the first road car in the industry to make use of F1-style silicon nitride ball bearings.
The Jaguar XE body has had a thorough makeover too, with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 only sharing the door skins and the roof with the standard XE.
The V8 monster gets a front carbon fibre bumper with cooling ducts, carbon fibre bonnet with vents, flared wheel arches, 20 inch wheels, an adjustable front splitter, a rear carbon fibre bumper and a flat underbody contribute to impressive aerodynamics. Total unladed weight is around 1,745kg.
Happily, for enthusiastic drivers – and we’re going to assume enthusiastic drivers will buys these things – there a Track mode, which fettles with the driveline, stability control and responsiveness for sporty driving.
Inside there are four individual seats – you can have two racing style seats as part of the Track Pack which saves around 12kg – and surprisingly, you still get quite a lot of luxury. There’s Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.2 inch touchscreen, a g-meter, stop watch and car performance data that you can show off to your friends, along with a host of convenience and entertainment options. And of course, not supercar interior would be complete with a smattering of alcantara. The Project 8 has that too.
There’s also a GPS tracking system to help police locate the car if it is stolen.
A number of colour choices and customisation options are available, allowing customers to tailor their XE SV Project 8 to their individual needs.
Only 300 examples of the XE SV Project 8 will be built, at a price of $254,000 Australian dollars. Interestingly, all will be left hand drive, to accommodate that drivetrain.
However, the XE SV Project 8 could spawn some very fast very future Jags.