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Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 is the British super sedan you’ve been waiting for

With a timed lap of 7 minutes, 23 seconds, the Project 8 is the new 'ring leader

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Back in June, Jaguar introduced its “most powerful, agile, and extreme” road car ever. After getting over the shock that the British automaker wasn’t referring to a new F-Type, this next bit feels expected. Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division has announced that its XE SV Project 8 is now the fastest production-intended sedan ever to lap the Nurburgring. With a rip-roaring time of just 7:21.23, the XE-based road car is a massive 11 seconds quicker than the previous record holder (Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio).

Check out the full lap video below:

Built by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the XE SV Project 8 is a hand-built version of the XE compact luxury sedan. We really liked the standard XE when we drove it last year, but make no mistake, this is an entirely different animal. Instead of a 340-hp V6 between the front fenders, the Project 8 is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that produces 592 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. Put your paw down and the car will rocket to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet. Me-ow. Oh, and it’ll do 200 mph.

“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. ” said Mark Stanton, SVO Director. “This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”

By utilizing carbon fiber and composite components on everything from the front bumper to the rear wing, Jaguar’s SVO wizards kept the XE’s curb weight to 3,847 pounds. That is heavier than the regular XE, but when you account for the fire-breathing powerplant and other performance goodies onboard, it’s actually significantly lighter than it should be. Only the roof and front doors are carried-over from XE and 75 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. Also consider the car still has a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 380-watt Meridian sound system, and a variety of other modern luxuries.

In addition to all that, the Project 8 equips a recalibrated eight-speed automatic transmission, stiffer suspension springs, manually adjustable shocks, a carbon ceramic braking system, and an active electronic rear differential complete with an oil cooler. Just 300 examples of the vehicle will be produced globally, which means the car will be as rare as it is quick.

Want more of the Project 8? Be sure to read our one-on-one interview with SVO. Now somebody send the F-Pace to SVO and see what happens.

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