The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has been crowned the fastest car in the world after breaking the Nurburgring lap record for a production four-door saloon car.
Back in June, Jaguar revealed the XE SV Project 8 as a £150,000 halo car – effectively an XE with the underpinnings of the F-Type SVR – with 592bhp and the promise of extreme performance.
It got its firts public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – winning the 2017 Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy – and now it’s been out playing at the Nurburgring to prove it’s mettle.
Jaguar managed to get the XE SV round the Nurburgring in 7min 23sec setting the fastest lap ever for a four-door production saloon (well, one going in to production at least), some 11 seconds quicker than the previous record holder – the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
It’s hard to think of the Project 8 XE as a proper XE, but it has the body and the badge so it counts as the XE’s record, although its performance is down to the F-Type SVR lending it plenty of poke.
The 592bhp coming from the 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 is enough to get the Jag to 60mph in 3.3 seconds and on to 200mph, and it’s standard carbon ceramic brakes will have helped haul the XE back down on the lap without fade.
IF the record persuades you that an F-Type SVR wrapped up in a massively modified XE body is worth £150k, then Jaguar will be happy to take your money for one of the 300 XE Project 8 cars being built (but they’re all LHD). Just hop over to www.jaguar.com/about-jaguar/special-vehicle-operations/project-8.html.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Photos
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Nurburgring Record Video