Announced this past May, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has, as the company promised, been unveiled today, two days before its official world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The ultra-high-performance model was designed as a road-ready rocket by the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
Able to generate 592 hp, the newest Jaguar is more powerful and extreme than any production vehicle ever built by the manufacturer. Needing only 3.6 seconds to go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h), the car has a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).
The source of this power is a specially modified 5.0L supercharged V8 engine, which allows the compact sedan to deliver the performance and driving experience of a supercar. In fact, testing for the new model has just been completed at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 includes a combination of aluminum and carbon-fibre body panels, 20-inch wheels, adjustable front and rear spoilers, height-adjustable suspension, new ceramic bearings and a special track ride-height mode; the latter two elements are firsts for Jaguar.
Conceived as SVO’s second Collector’s Edition model (after 2014’s F-TYPE Project 7), the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will get a (hand-made) production run of only 300 units, and is expected to be in the hands of buyers sometime in 2018. Interestingly, the models produced for North America will have four seats, while buyers in the rest of the world will have the option of eliminating the rear row and keeping only two race-specification seats in the front.
Jaguar also announced the launch of a new and explosive 20.L, 4-cylinder Ingenium engine that generates 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will be available in the 2018 XE and XF sedans as well as in the F-PACE crossover.