Jag’s Project 8 gets underway

Riley Riley

Jag has started putting together its fire-breathing XE SV Project 8, the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever.

The first examples of Project 8, a limited-edition sports sedan with genuine supercar performance, will be delivered to performance driving enthusiasts this summer.

The All-Wheel Drive 441kW 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol Project 8, which has a top speed of 322km/h and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, set a new four-door production car record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany last year – the ‘gold’ standard for all-round high performance.

Its best lap of 7 min 21.23 sec was quicker than many supercars.

Project 8 features a number of modifications to the XE’s lightweight aluminium bodywork, including carbon fibre bumper with enhanced cooling ducts, vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared wheel arches covering 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, adjustable front splitter, flat underbody, rear carbon fibre bumper with integrated diffuser, and an adjustable rear aerodynamic wing.

These developments ensure Project 8 is the lightest and most purposeful V8 sedan in the Jaguar range.

It is available either as a four-seater or in lightweight two-seat Track Pack configuration, which also boosts torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version (Track Pack is a market-dependent option at extra cost).

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