The 600PS Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has just lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7min 21.23sec, making it the fastest 4-door saloon of production-intent specification around Green Hell.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most extreme performance road-legal sedan by Jaguar – the subsidiary of the Indian company TATA motors – yet. It has been designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, abbreviated to SVO. Powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8, it is capable of getting from 0 to 60mph in 3.3 seconds and claimed to achieve a top speed of 200mph*…thats 322 km/h.
You can watch the fast cat – with its very conspicuous orange livery – doing its record-breaking lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the video below:
The incredible time of just 7min 21.23sec is 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan – the Alfa Romeo Guulia Quadrifoglio – around the 12.9-mile circuit. It also makes the 600PS Project 8 quicker than some of the world’s fastest two-door coupes and supercars, like the Porsche Carrera GT, Ferrari 488 GTB and the Dodge Viper ACR from 2009.
Mark Stanton, SVO Director, stated that “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 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, added by saying “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.”
Production of this super sedan is limited to 300 units for sale worldwide, priced from £149,995 in UK. Prices for the Middle East have yet to be announced. You can register interest at https://www.jaguar-me.com/en/about-jaguar/special-vehicle-operations/project-8.html
*Figures are manufacturer’s estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production