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.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 2017 - Rear Jaguar XE SV Project 8 2017 - Front

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.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 2017 - Side

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.

My thoughts

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!

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 2017 - Logo

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