Jaguar Unveils Its Most Powerful Production Car Ever: Project 8

Automotive News 58 June 28, 2017 by

Jaguar will be using this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil its most powerful production road car ever.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be a hand-built, limited production model that combines the company’s smallest four-door sedan with its biggest engine. With 592 hp available from the supercharged 5-liter V8, it’s quite some engine too.

The Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team of Jaguar Land Rover will build Project 8, from its new £20m base in Coventry. It is making just 300 examples, and you’ll need nearly £150,000 to secure one.

Project 8 continues the work SVO put into the Project 7 car, based on Jaguar’s F-Type. This too was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, back in 2014, and was the quickest and most powerful production Jaguar to date. Project 7 toted the same supercharged 5-liter V8, but with a mere 567 hp, and SVO made just 250 cars.

The new car is equipped with a titanium variable active exhaust and Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system. The result is a four-door Jaguar that will hit 60mph in 3.3 seconds.

Motorsport-derived aerodynamics help Project 8 hit 200mph, 25 years after the XJ220 became the brand’s first 200mph car. Carbon-fiber bodywork, including the front and rear bumpers, an adjustable front splitter and rear wing, a flat floor and a rear diffuser all help the car hit this milestone figure.

SVO’s work isn’t finished there. Project 8 also sports continuously variable dampers, carbon ceramic brakes and silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings. This latter feature is a technology usually found in Formula 1 and an industry first for a road car.

Two specifications will be available at launch, with a standard four-seat model complemented by a two-seat Track Pack variant. SVO replaces the magnesium-framed sports seats with carbon-fiber racing seats and four-point safety harnesses.

A dedicated track mode ensures that all the car’s control systems are in circuit specification. All Project 8 models feature an eight-speed automatic and – unusually for a British production car – left-hand drive.

Eight body colors are available, although Project 8 owners can personalize their cars with myriad alternative choices and decal packs. Prices start at £149,995.

Jaguar will give the XE SV Project 8 its debut on Thursday 29 June at Goodwood, with a dynamic debut on the hill climb the following day.

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