441kW Jaguar XE SV Project 8 officially revealed

Yesterday, Jaguar took the wraps off its previously teased XE SV Project 8 super sedan, limited to 300 LHD models.

The Project 8 produces 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque from its 5.0L supercharged V8, making it the most powerful Jaguar ever built. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission (capable of changing gears in 200ms) the Project 8 can hit 60mph/97km/h in 3.3 seconds toward a top speed of 200mph/322km/h.


To ensure the XE SV Project 8 can get all of that power to the ground on the racetrack and at 200mph, it comes with a host of new aerodynamic upgrades. These include a carbon fibre wing, carbon splitter, carbon skirts, carbon diffuser, lightened carbon and aluminium body panels. The Project 8 has new track suspension with ride height adjestment, a new ‘Track’ driving mode, the first set of F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings every used on a road car and carbon ceramic brakes – the latter of which is a first for a production Jaguar. Furthermore, the car uses 20-inch forged alloy wheels with 265mm front and 305mm rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.


The list of new performance features goes on – an active titanium exhaust system with four 89mm tailpipes and an electronic active rear diff. However, cosmetic item wise, there’s a carbon fibre trimmed interior with Alcantara highlights, aluminium steering wheel paddles, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.2-inch infotainment screen running Jaguar’s Touch Pro system and a 380W Meridian speaker system. From standard, the XE SV Project 8 is available with magnesium-trimmed front performance and regular rear seats, trimmed in Jet leather and suede cloth, however – you can option the car with the ‘Track Pack’, which saves 12.2kg by removing the rear seats, replacing the front seats with carbon-fibre racing bucket ones with 4-point harnesses and fire extinguishers. The Track Pack also includes a SV Project 8-branded carpet panel, a SV Project 8-branded Harness Retention Hoop, a glossy black roof and two off centre Project 8 stripes.


The 300 XE SV Project 8s will retail for 149,995 pounds in left hand drive markets such as the US, Canada, France and Germany. What do you think of the Project 8? Let me know down below!

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