The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a V8 super saloon monster

Posted May 26, 2017

But in the XE SV, power has been ramped up to unprecedented levels, peaking at 591bhp - 24bhp more than aforementioned F-Type. It's capable of a mental 441kW, about 20 more than the already wild enough F-Type V8 SVR. Not only is 441 kW more than you get from the F-Type SVO or Project 7, it's more than the unloved XJ220 produced when Jag set its sights on creating the world's fastest auto. Expect similarly track-oriented componentry on the Project 8's brakes and suspension, and an engine, gearbox and suspension calibration honed on the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife. It is likely that Jaguar will bring in a permanent sedan for the XE family with the SVR version, though it may not be as powerful or extreme as the Project 8.

It transforms the XE compact executive saloon into a super-aerodynamic performance vehicle with the most powerful version of Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-litre V8 ever produced.

The Project 8 will make its public debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on 30 June 2017 and full specifications will be released two days earlier on the Jaguar website.

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In addition, there will be a high production number for the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, with Jaguar planning to build around 300 units that will be sold all over the world. Jaguar has remained tight-lipped on when the vehicle will arrive, but it's expected to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June where it'll likely also be driven up the hill.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations explained the justification behind the XE SV Project 8 by saying the company's customer base was "thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7" and that the XE Project 8 is "conceived for enthusiasts".

"The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable", he added. Just 300 being built.

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