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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a 592-horsepower super-sedan

29 June 2017
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a 592-horsepower super-sedan

Handiwork of the Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) team at the company, it takes the four-door XE and makes it in to a 200 miles per hour, supercharged V8 beast. Here, it pushes out a stonking 600 PS, routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an all-wheel drive system - allowing the Project 8 to blow past the 100 km/h mark in a scarcely believable 3.3 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 322 km/h. Its codename: Project 8. And they're not just there for show: In addition to these aerodynamic tweaks, the Project 8 has a reprofiled trunk floor to help make the rear diffuser more effective, and the angle of attack of that giant carbon fiber rear wing can be made more aggressive for track work. Meanwhile, the exhaust is made from titanium and the wheels are a set of 20-inch forged aluminum units. The vehicle you see over here is a supercar in a 4-door sedan guise.

Jaguar has taken its 4.0-litre supercharged V8 and modified it to produce 600hp and 700Nm of torque. And it's not only the body that's been altered, as SVO has also modified the XE's floor to improve airflow under the vehicle. It also has a large diffuser and a similar quad-exhaust layout to the company's F-Type Project 7 sports auto.

Either way, only 300 of the cars will ever be built, and all will be left-hand drive. In terms of upholstery, premium leather along with suede-cloth centers will come as standard on Jaguar's high-performance sedan.

The track focus continues under the skin, where the double-wishbone front and integral-link rear suspension has been upgraded with stiffer springs and adjustable dampers that, in track mode, drops the vehicle by 15 mm (0.6 in). SVO cooked up some special machined knuckles with Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic bearings.

But it's with the bodywork that Project 8 really lets its hair down.

Jaguar's continuously variable dampers are retained but have been reprogrammed, so too the EPAS system.

Manually adjustable suspension and aerodynamics make the Project 8 hugely appealing to well-heeled track day enthusiasts. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, but at 400mm front and 396mm rear they're larger than the existing hardware optionally available on F-types.

Jaguar's Project 8 is also the first model to feature a dedicated track mode which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use, and sharpens both throttle and steering responses for ultimate precision and driver feedback.

In the meantime, the last-minute changes to the auto continue, and Jaguar is set to do a hot lap round the Nürburgring later this year to see whether the Project 8 is a genuine competition beater.

"Every model gets a luxurious interior with special Performance seats and unique Oyster contrast stitching", says AutoExpress, adding that the three rear seats have been exchanged for "two sculpted chairs".