The most powerful Jaguar road car ever – known as the XE SV Project 8 – has been revealed, bringing nearly 600 bhp from its engine.
- 592 bhp from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8
- Four-wheel drive and ZF eight-speed automatic as standard
- Receives sporty style and chassis overhaul
- Only 300 made and could cost around £140,000 each
Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division have produced some pretty ridiculous cars over the past few years, with standout models including the Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR. This new model though adopts many of the same principles used in another one of their cars, the limited production F-Type Project 7.
When the F-Type Project 7 originally launched in 2014, it was Jaguar’s most powerful production car ever, however that’s no longer the case as the XE SV Project 8 has now taken it a step further. Powered by the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as all the other SVO models, the car comes with a whopping 592 bhp – a 25 bhp increase over the aforementioned F-Type Project 7.
I’m not at all surprised that Jaguar have had a huge amount of interest in the XE SV Project 8, and I can’t wait to see it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
Outside of the engine, you’ll notice the XE SV Project 8 also sports a far more aggressive look and style than your usual XE model, with big air intakes, chunky wheel arches and a huge rear wing among the many changes. There’s also significant performance upgrades to chassis too, so the sports saloon should drive as great as it looks.
No price tag or official release date has been announced by Jaguar yet, but considering the F-Type Project 7 cost £130,000, you’d probably wager the XE SV Project 8 costing around £140,000. Only 300 models will be made in total, all with four-wheel drive and a ZF eight-speed automatic as standard.
What a great looking piece of kit! From every angle it looks like a proper sports car, and I imagine it’ll drive like one too. I’m not at all surprised that Jaguar have had a huge amount of interest in the XE SV Project 8, and I can’t wait to see it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
Also, yesterday I spoke about how far the Volkswagen GTI name has come since the first Golf GTI launched in 1976, and now I’m thinking the exact same about Jaguar. I used to have a scale model Jaguar XJ220 when I was younger, and I remember it coming with around 540 bhp, and now we have their latest saloon packing over 50 bhp more?! Absolutely mental!