Is the 592bhp Jag limbering up for a lap record?
Any performance car worth its salt has spent some time at the infamous Nürburgring. The 12.9-mile stretch of undulating twists and turns is one of the ultimate automotive stress tests. Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 has been caught flexing its muscles at the ‘Green Hell’ before it finds its way into customer hands in early 2018.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the product of Special Vehicle Operations – Jag’s Skunkworks based in Coventry. This super saloon is powered by a 592bhp 5-litre supercharged V8 engine. That makes it the most powerful roadgoing Jaguar in history – 0-62mph is vanquished in 3.3 seconds and a 200mph+ top speed is being targeted.
Project 8 is about more than just raw power though. Its swollen wheel arches hide a wider track and sticky Michelin Cup tyres. Extensive aerodynamic bodywork creates the downforce needed to pin this Jag to the ground and includes a large front splitter, aggressive skirts, grilles, wide diffuser and a huge rear wing. Carbon ceramic brakes should give this Jag plenty of stopping power, especially when let loose on track. A Track Pack is available that shaves 12.5kg off its heft by replacing the rear seats with a roll cage and offering front occupants lighter race-spec seating.
The assumption is that Jaguar is fine-tuning the XE SV Project 8 ready for next year, but there is also speculation that it might be gunning for a Nürburgring lap record. Currently the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio holds the record for saloon cars with a 7:32.00 time — notably faster than a BMW M3. To take the record would be quite the feather in the Project 8’s cap.
Want one? You’ll need to be quick as just 300 left-hand drive examples will be built – £149,995 gets you one of the most extreme super saloons to date.