Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door sedan. A production-intent prototype recorded an incredible lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 min 21.2 sec.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 was quicker than the previous record holder, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio by almost 11 seconds around the legendary 20.7 km German circuit. This puts the Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars.
“The SVO design and engineering team’s mission was to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile. As a result, only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 percent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes,” said Mark Stanton, SVO Director.
“SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves,” John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is limited to only 300 units for sale worldwide. The performance sedan is priced from £149,995 in UK. It is powered by a 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol engine which has been modified to develop 600PS and 700Nm.
The power is transferred to the wheels via the eight-speed Quickshift All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 can reach a top speed of 200 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
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