Jaguar produced many impressive sports cars through its long history. F-Type SVR is a current big star, but company also had XJ220 supercar, Project 7 limited edition sports car and many other fast, ridiculously radical vehicles. However, Jaguar is gearing up to debut a new performance vehicle, which is said to be the most extreme performance Jaguar ever.
There is Special Vehicle Operations division in Jaguar-Land Rover organization. You can think of it as AMG of Mercedes-Benz or M division of BMW. It is meant to produce extremely fast vehicles and some limited edition collector cars. That is what the new XE SV Project 8 is going to be. As you might have guessed from its name, it is going to be based on XE platform and will be a saloon car, rivalling M3 and Audi RS4. However, it is not going to be mass produced – only 300 units worldwide are going to be sold. And, of course, it is going to be designed, engineered and hand-assembled by SVO.
Project 8 is going to be a supercar in sedan clothes. That is why it is currently being tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. So far, there are not many details available about its performance and technical specifications. However, we do know it is going to be powered by 600PS 5.0-litre V8, which will make Project 8 the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history. That is quite an achievement, having in mind that Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest supercar in the world in the first half of 1990’s. Testing in the “Green Hell” means that it will be track-focused and should feature some aero upgrades to maximize high-speed stability and grip. It still remains to be seen, if Project 8 is going to have two or four-wheel drive system.
Naming scheme here is really simple – SVO produced a Project 7 before, which was built using F-Type as a base and D-Type as inspiration. John Edwards, managing director of SVO, said: “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”. Also, it is going to be extremely expensive – that is to be expected for a limited0run Jaguar, especially that extreme.
Jaguar is one of those manufacturers, who allow automotive journalists to have a go at their cars, regardless of how valuable they are. This one is likely to go the same path too. Project 8 will be revealed on 28 June 2017, more details will be available then. Shortly after, hopefully, automotive journalist will be allowed to have a go in it and will report on its feel and performance.
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