In 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations revealed the F-Type Project 7. At that time, it was said to be the fastest accelerating road car carrying a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 engine, producing 567 horsepower, reaching 62 miles in 3.9 seconds, and maxing out at 186 miles per hour.
Years have passed and Jaguar SVO is back at it again, now with an XE SV Project 8 - that’s quite a mouthful. The company is raising the compact sedan to another level with regards to its aerodynamics and performance. In other words, they are building a supercar that’s disguised as a sedan. Jaguar promised that the XE will be having a 5.0-liter V8 engine under its hood, enabling it to produce 600 horsepower. Therefore, living up to their promise, and this will soon be the most powerful road-legal Jaguar.
The company aims at well-heeled collectors, and to keep the model exclusive and limited, only 300 units of the super-saloon will be produced. And each one of them will be hand-assembled by SVO in Coventry, UK, where their Technical Center is located.
Without a doubt, Project 8 will be much quicker than the current range-topping XE. The XE S, which currently holds 3.0-liter V6 engine, has 380 horsepower, being able to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kph) in 4.8 seconds, and can max out at 155 mph (250 kph). Since Jaguar claims that the Project 8 will be the brand’s “most extreme performance” car ever, it means that their current project must perform better than the F-Type SVR that can sprint in 3.5 seconds, with a maximum velocity of 200 mph (322 kph).
Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director, John Edwards, said in his statement that “the time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar” and that the SVO team is “possessed by the spirit of performance creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.”
It has been confirmed that the production model will make its debut on June 30 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And two days before its official release, we will be able to get the full technical specifications, and the price of the XE SV Project 8. This model will be SVO’s second Collector’s Edition vehicle, with the F-Type Project 7 being the first. The good news for international readers in that Project 8 will go on sale worldwide.
The Project 8 will likely rival the BMW M3 enhanced with the Competition Package, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The only difference is that these two are regular production models, but don’t worry as Jaguar may produce an SVR version of the model, except it may not be as powerful as the Project 8.