2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive: Sinners And Saints

Forgive me, for I am a sinner. Rather than tackle the twisting tarmac of Palm Beach International Raceway or circle the banked turns of Homestead-Miami Speedway at triple-digit speeds, I putter the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 about in stop-and-go traffic and thread it around the daily congestion that plagues the freeways crisscrossing Miami-Dade County.

I justify my actions by driving the Project 8 through Brickell and South Beach; wealthy areas of Miami where AMGs, Ferraris, McLarens, and Porsches dot the roads like pimples on a teenager’s face. In South Florida, racing is rarely life, but there sure is a hell of a lot of waiting around. Any Project 8 that finds its way here is more likely to compete for an open parking space than a checkered flag.

The Project 8 seems willing to tolerate this fate, and the hand-assembled super sedan feels impressively robust along the pockmarked pavement that makes up A1A. There are surprisingly few squeaks and rattles from the Project 8, and the model-specific suspension changes do little to negatively impact the car’s ride quality – at least in Comfort mode. Opt for Track mode, which noticeably firms up the dampers and steering, quickens throttle response, and adjusts the limits of the stability control system, and the ride is as bone-jarring as the car’s limited suspension travel and low-profile r...