Jaguar XE SV Project 8 showcased at the IAA 2017 - Live
Aravind Jayachandran, It goes without saying that I'm a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.
Who would've thought that Jaguar would install their most powerful version of the 5.0L V8 supercharged motor in their smallest offering - the XE? However, Jaguar has made it a reality, and are showcasing the final result - called the Jaguar SV Project 8 - at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt.
Like the F-Type Project 7, JLR'S SVO (Special Vehicle Operation) will be responsible for building the SV Project 8. Only 300 units will be produced, each starting from £149,995 in the UK. That is big bucks, but what Jaguar is offering is probably the angriest and most powerful option in the small luxury sedan category with a warranty. While the range topping variant of the regular XE produces 375 bhp from a supercharged V6 petrol motor, the XE SV Project 8 has a 5.0L V8 supercharged motor that produces 592 bhp.
The output is channelled to all four wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox and an AWD system. It is capable of sprinting from 0 - 100 kph in 3.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 322 kph. Furthermore, you can spec the Project 8 to be a proper, track focused sedan by opting for the two-seat Track Pack version. It saves 12.2 kg by getting rid of the rear seats for placing a roll cage, as well as installing bucket seats with 4-point harnesses.
The Project 8 features carbon fibre bumpers and vented hood, while the flaring wheel arches are crafted from aluminium. It also has a titanium exhaust system, height-adjustable springs, and Formula One-style silicon nitride ceramic bearings.