26th May 2017, marked the day Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) announced the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar ever to be built – The new XE SV Project 8 – becoming the second Collector’s Edition Vehicle from SVO.
The Project 8 gets the most powerful tuned version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine ever seen in production in a Jaguar model. This supercharged unit produces 593bhp, 25bhp more than the successful F-Type Project 7 in 2014, and a full 56bhp up on the XJ220 - Jaguar’s supercar from the nineties.
A prototype version has now undertaken its debut test at the ferocious Nürburgring Nordschleife, dressed in exclusive camouflage designed by SVO Design.
Despite the camouflage, Jaguar show extensive modifications to the XE’s bodywork and chassis.There appears to be wider tracks front and rear, deep side skirts and redesigned bodywork around the rear wheel arches. The front grille appears to contain deeper air intakes with contrasting mesh grilles. There’s also a huge rear wing and a deep front splitter.
"The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar. The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable. Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level – it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that."
Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations
No more than 300 Project 8 models will be produced, and all will be hand-assembled at the SVO’s technical centre in Coventry for sale world-wide. The Jaguar ZE SV Project will make its world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on 30th June.