The all-wheel drive 600 horsepower (441kW) 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol gives Project 8 a top speed of 200mph (320kmh) and set a four-door production car record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a best lap of 7 minutes 21.23 seconds. Zero to 100 km/h is 3.7 seconds.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is available either as a four-seater or in lightweight two-seat Track Pack configuration.
The Track Pack modifies the driveline and stability control systems for circuit use. It does so by sharpening throttle, gearbox and steering responses and tuning the dampers to their most aggressive setting. The body has greater torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, says: “The SV team’s aim is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability.
“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.”
Jaguar Project 8 is available in eight body colours: Fuji White, Narvik Black and Caldera Red, plus five enhanced SV Design options incorporating colours and finishes from the SV Premium Palette: Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue, Meribel White, Verbier Silver and Corris Grey (satin matte).
Track Pack-equipped Project 8s have a Gloss Black painted roof and Project 8 twin-stripe exterior decals.
Project 8 costs from £149,995 ($A268,600) in the UK. However, it will be built in left-hand drive configuration only, therefore XE Project 8 will not be sold in Australia. Which sounds ridiculous to us