Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has revealed the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever produced – the 200 mph, 592 HP 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.
The Project 8 exclusively features the most powerful version of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 gasoline powertrain. The 592 HP and 516-lb. ft. power unit, which has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, is complemented by a standard All Wheel Drive (AWD) system4 and motorsport-derived aerodynamics to deliver a 200 mph top speed and 0-60 mph in 3.3 sec, 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 awardwinning 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
To ensure optimum performance on road or track, the Project 8 furthers the effectiveness of the doublewishbone 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.