The theory behind the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 shouldn't astonish anyone: The British manufacturer has taken the all-aluminum XE, its smallest sedan, and dropped in the most powerful version of its supercharged 5.0-liter V8. The limited-run model debuts at this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed and is priced from £149,995.
It's not just raw power that impresses however, with the Project 8 making use of Jaguar'snew Carbon Ceramic Braking system, while that carbon fibre makes it lighter than more standard versions.
Unlike BMW's M4 GTS, Project 8 is four-wheel drive, a maximum 30 per cent drive going to the front axle. This is to help with optimum weight distribution. All cars are left-hand drive only.
A number of modifications to the Project 8 over the XE's lightweight aluminium body panels includes carbon fibre bumper with enhanced cooling ducts, vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared bodywork covering 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, adjustable front splitter, flat under-body, rear carbon fibre bumper, rear diffuser and adjustable rear aerodynamic wing. A modified air intake, recalibrated software and titanium exhaust with quad 89mm outlets all contribute to performance improvements. The ride height can be lowered up to 15mm for track use. Finally, there's an electronic active differential - a first for the XE. Both the driver and front passenger seats will have magnesium frames and a more contoured rear seat cushion. There's also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster featuring new Dynamic-i software that adds a stopwatch and G-force meter. This allowed Jaguar to make the vehicle lighter at just 1,745 kg and spread the weight evenly throughout the sedan.
SVO started developing the Project 8 last August and the vehicle that will run at Goodwood this week is the second development version. The division's boss gives some background on the new creation.
Designer Wayne Burgess says he was inspired by the Lancia Delta Integrale rally vehicle as a kid, and there's certainly a brutal, racecar-like functionality to Project 8's body addenda. How beastly exactly? Try their most powerful production auto ever. The XE sedan's standard rotary PRNDL controller has been replaced with the sportier pistol grip unit used in the F-Type.
The Project 8 is priced at the equivalent of R2.5 million and owners will enjoy a wide range of personalisation options, including 19 exterior colours and race-inspired decal packs.
The automaker has not confirmed the release of the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in the U.S.
Q: You've said in the past that you could have made 500 Project 7s instead of 250. The base engine makes 247 hp, but now you can check the.
It's part of the Collector's Edition by SVO line, following on from 2014's F-Type Project 7. "So 300 is 50 more cars, but still exclusive".