It has not been kept a secret that the Jaguar XE will be arriving soon. Well, the day has come for the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8, with a number of new upgrades and power courtesy of the manufacturer’s Special Vehicle Operations crew. Under the hood comes a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing up to 592 horsepower with 516 pound feet or torque. This upgrade makes the Project 8 the most powerful road car ever by Jaguar.
Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards, said that “SVO’s raison d’être” is to release halo vehicles that push the limits when it comes to “luxury, performance and all-terrain capability.” He also described Project 8 as a “great example” of a venture that came about as a result of designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists who were given the chance to develop extreme performance sports car “without compromise.”
A lot of carbon fiber pieces have been used to build the Project 8, from the front and rear bumpers to the vented hood. The model looks more masculine thanks to its new bodywork, that also makes enough space for 20-inch forged alloy wheels. An all-wheel drive is standard for the Project 8.
Aerodynamics were injected in the design such as the flat underbody with a rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing. This ensures the Project 8 to stay on the ground as it sprints from 0-60 in only 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Braking is handled by the company’s new ceramic braking package. Jaguar is also claiming an industry first for use of Formula One-style silicon nitride wheel bearings.
The 5.0-liter V8 engine is paired with Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission, where this box can be operated by either paddle shifters behind the wheel or a pistolshift lever in the center console. Inside the Project 8 is a combination of carbon fiber and Alcantara. Customers can either get a four-seater configuration with sports seats up front, or can opt for a track pack that will get rid of the rear seats for a track-focused car. This pack will also include a full-on harness for the driver and his passenger. The North America market, on the other hand, is only limited to the four-seater configuration.
Assembly of the Project 8 by hand will be done in the new SVO Technical Center. Edwards also expressed confidence that its most demanding clients will have as much pleasure driving Project 8 as the creators do.
This unique car will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. And to keep it exclusive, Jaguar will only be producing 300 Project 8s worldwide. The pricing has yet to be released.