Following an earlier teaser for the new track-focussed four-door the covers have come of the V8 powered sedan, revealing an unapologetically aggressive wide-body cloaking an all wheel drive V8 fire-breather.
Under the bonnet Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 produces a howling 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque, delivered via an eight-speed quickshift automatic to the all wheel drive system, resulting in a 3.7-second 0-100 km/h sprint.
Suspension takes on a track-focussed tune with stiffer springs and manually adjustable Continuously Variable Dampers with a 15mm lower ride height for track use.
The Project 8 debuts Jaguar's new carbon ceramic braking package and an industry-first application of Formula 1-style silicone nitride wheel bearings.
Bodywork modifications include 55mm wider aluminium rear guard and 19mm wider carbon fibre front guards to house 305mm rear and 265mm front tyres, with reprofiled aluminium rear door to meet the fatter rear quarter panels.
Other body tweaks include a reprofiled boot floor for improved airflow to the rear diffuser, a carbon fibre bonnet with integrated air extraction duct, front and rear bumpers in carbon fibre with a bespoke design tailored to optimise air flow, a manually-adjustable two-position rear wing, and carbon fibre side skirts.
"The aerodynamic elements are hugely significant beyond 150mph, even more so beyond 180mph," said Jaguar chief designer, Ian Callum. "This is one of the most extreme vehicles we have ever created, but still very much a Jaguar."
Jaguar will offer two versions of the XE SV Project 8 - a four-seater and a two-seat Track Pack equipped with racing seats and harnesses. Pricing will start at £149,995 ($253,062) and Jaguar is offering a range of optional extras, including the ability to create your own bespoke model with 10,000 custom colours to choose from.
Production numbers are capped at a rather lean 300 units worldwide, but Australian enthusiasts hoping to get their hands on one of the Project 8 specials will be disappointed to hear that the entire allocation will be built in left hand drive only.
Special Operations managing director John Edwards explained that the ethos behind Project 8 (which follows the F-Type-based Project 7) was to push the limits of the still relatively new performance division of Jaguar Land Rover.
"SVO's raison d'être is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability," Edwards said. "Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise.”
"Project 8 will be assembled by hand in the new SVO Technical Centre, and we're confident that our enthusiastic and demanding clients will love driving Project 8 as much we do."
The XE SV Project 8 will make its public debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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