We like the way Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) does business. The SVO gang made headlines a while ago for bringing us the amazing 575-horsepower F-Type Project 7 and now they’ve applied that same amount of insanity to an unassuming XE sedan.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is long on syllables and short on excuses. It’s a no-holds-barred track weapon with a license plate and a rabid, snarling V8. At the core is a 5.0L supercharged V8 with 592 hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The boosted engine trails the Dodge Charger Hellcat by 115 horsepower but the Jaguar weighs a full 320 kg less than the porky Dodge; that’s because the Project 8 was meant to do more than go in a straight line.
A full race-spec diet was invoked for the car and the front bumper, front fenders, front splitter, hood side skirts, rear bumper and rear diffuser are all made of lightweight carbon fibre. Front-seat occupants ride in magnesium-framed performance seats with special stitching. In some European markets, owners can specify that the rear seats be deleted for weight savings; here in North America, the Project 8 is sold as a four-seater only.
The hardcore sedan features a litany of aerodynamic aids to help it go around a track faster. The hood features cooling ducts, it has a completely flat underbody, an adjustable rear wing and voluptuous fender flares to accommodate wide 305-section tires in the rear and 265-section tires at the front. Those tires are stopped by massive carbon ceramic brakes.
The Project 8 will available in Canada, though availability and pricing are not yet available.