Jaguar is producing an exclusive XE SV Project 8 that might be its most powerful car ever

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2017

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.

Press Release


Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) today announces the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar: the new XE SV Project 8.

New Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is next Collector’s Edition sports car designed, engineered and assembled by SVO
Production strictly limited to 300 units worldwide
Project 8 will offer supercar performance and dynamics in a sedan
600PS 5.0-litre V8 will make Project 8 the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history
Project 8 prototype featuring unique camouflage by SVO Design now on test at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
(Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 26 May 2017) Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) today announces the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar: the new XE SV Project 8. A prototype version of the 600PS Jaguar sports sedan offering supercar performance has now undertaken its debut test at the gruelling Nürburgring Nordschleife, adorned with an exclusive camouflage created by SVO Design. The incredible Project 8 prototype may be viewed in action here:

With the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s five-litre supercharged V8, Project 8 will become the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO, following the successful launch of Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 in 2014. No more than 300 cars, all hand-assembled at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry, will be created for sale worldwide.

The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar. The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable. Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level – it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that.


Full specification details for Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be revealed at on 28 June 2017, ahead of its world dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex in the UK on 30 June.

Source: Jaguar

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