After remaining in stagnation for a long time, Jaguar has been given a new purpose following an injection of funds by Tata. With its well-established range of standard wagons and sedans, the illustrious brand has embarked on restoring its credentials as a true contender in the performance car arena. Stage one was the F-Type Project 7, a supercharged 550 horsepower, 5 liter, v8 monster of a car that got its name from the seven Le mans wins that Jaguar achieved between 1951 and 1999.It also featured blue paintwork that was inspired by the triumphant D-type cars of ’56 and ’57.But that is eclipsed by the prototype seen here. Meet the most powerful road-going model that Jaguar has ever built – the XE SV Project 8.
For now, the project 8 is still at prototype stage, as you may probably recognize from the camouflage paint on the car. Details about the car are sparse, but from the bits of information shared by Jaguar, it will be a serious piece of equipment. It will be yet another collector’s edition vehicle built by the carmaker's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division based in Coventry, after the above-mentioned Project 7, and it will be powered by a highly-calibrated 591 horsepower (441 kW) supercharged, 5-liter, V8 engine. This is 23hp more than aforesaid F-Type. Also unlike the project 7 which is rear-drive, the XE SV has an all-drive system, and it uses a special version of its 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Even though it will probably share its basic engine configuration with other fast Jaguars, the XE SV promises to be the most powerful high-performance big cat ever.441 kW is more than you get from the project 7 or the F-Type SVO. It is even more power than what was generated by the unpopular XJ220 supercar-built when Jaguar was targeting to have the world’s fastest car. This is quite good for a car that is basically a compact family sedan at its core.
According to the Managing Director of Jaguar Special Operations—John Edwards—while the company’s clients in all parts of the world were excited by the F-Type Project 7, the new XE SV Project pushes performance engineering and aerodynamics to a whole new level. He adds that the car has been developed for motor enthusiasts and the most perceptive car collectors, and this will be reflected by the price tag for such a high-performance sports car that is available in very limited numbers. When the XE SV project 8 finally reaches the production stage, it will do so as a limited-run version and only 300 units are planned worldwide. This is fifty more than the project 7 car, and it will consist of left-hand cars only.
Complete information about the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be issued on June 28th, just before the start of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. You can expect the car’s debut approach run on Lord March's driveway to be smoke-filled and loud. Pricing information is yet to be revealed, but it is unlikely to be cheap, based on the comments made by John Edwards above.
You can watch the car going on a test run at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife route in the video attached below.