We’ve had clues about the imminent arrival of a super Jaguar XE for some time now. That time has arrived with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, packing a plethora of go-fast tech and a host of upgrades courtesy of the manufacturer’s Special Vehicle Operations crew. At the heart of it all is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 making 592 horsepower with 516 pound-feet of twist, which makes this sedan the most powerful Jaguar road car ever.
“SVO's raison d'être 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,” said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards.
Aside from the power boost, the XE SV Project 8 is outfitted with plenty of carbon fiber including the front and rear bumpers as well as the vented hood. Flared bodywork adds some testosterone to the sedan’s shape while also making room for 20-inch forged alloys. Aerodynamically speaking, a flat underbody with a rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing help ensure the upfitted XE holds the road with gusto. Standard all-wheel drive helps on that front as well.
Stiffer springs with manually adjustable shocks further help the XE earn a degree in the lateral arts, something aided with the first-ever dedicated track mode setting to be fitted on a Jaguar. When engaged, driveline and stability control systems are optimized for turning the best possible lap times. Steering and throttle response are also sharpened to deliver a bit more precision. And when it’s time to slow down, Project 8 responds with ceramic brakes.
Inside, drivers will enjoy plenty of Alcantara and carbon fiber trim while shifting the car with Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission. The box can be operated via paddle shifters behind the wheel or a pistolshift lever in the center console. For North America the Project 8 will only be offered in a four-seat configuration with aggressive sport seats up front. In other markets, a track pack will eliminate the rear seats and offer full-on racing harnesses for driver and co-pilot.
Jaguar says the XE SV Project 8 will blitz to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds, en route to a top speed of 200 mph. This is indeed a very quick cat, but it’s also a very exclusive one. Following its debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar is planning a production run of just 300 cars worldwide. No word yet on price.
Gallery: Jaguar SE SV Project 8
TECHNICAL PRESS KIT:
JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8
– New Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sits at the pinnacle of performance sedans, with a thrilling mix of explosive power, dynamic agility and all-wheel drive traction
– Significant Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) modifications made to award-winning Jaguar XE include lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber exterior panels to meet extreme performance targets
– Top speed of 200mph and 0-60mph in 3.3sec1
– First Jaguar with a 592HP 5.0-liter supercharged V8 gasoline engine
– Just 300 examples available worldwide – exclusively left-hand drive
– Manually adjustable ride height, aerodynamics and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics settings for track use
– First Jaguar application of new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, and an F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings
– First model completely hand-assembled by SVO at the new USD$25m SVO Technical Center in Warwickshire, UK
– Project 8 will be available to order in North America in four-seat specification. (A Track Pack3 version featuring two race specification seats and Harness Retention Hoop available outside North America)
– The Project 8 will make its world debut on June 30 at Goodwood Festival of Speed
– For more information visit Jaguarusa.com
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – June 27, 2017 – Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has revealed the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever produced – the 200mph1, 592HP Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sedan.
Following the successful F-TYPE Project 7 of 2014, the XE SV Project 8, the second Collector’s Edition by SVO, is a hand-built four-door sedan with supercar performance – designed to thrill driving enthusiasts, with an extraordinary combination of explosive power, dynamic agility and all-wheel-drive traction. No more than 300 examples will be created for global sale, each to be assembled at the SVO Technical Center in Coventry, England.
“SVO's raison d'être 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,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “Project 8 will be assembled by hand in the new SVO Technical Center, and we're confident that our enthusiastic and demanding clients will love driving Project 8 as much we do!"
The Project 8 exclusively features the most powerful version of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 gasoline powertrain. The 592HP power unit, which has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, is complemented by a standard All Wheel Drive (AWD) system4 and motorsport-derived aerodynamics to deliver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 3.3sec1, making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.
Fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, Project 8
features a number of purposeful modifications to the lightweight aluminum body panels of the awardwinning
Jaguar XE sports sedan, including:
Carbon Fiber Bumper with enhanced Cooling Ducts
Vented Carbon Fiber hood
20-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels
Adjustable Front Splitter
Rear Carbon Fiber Bumper
Adjustable Rear Aerodynamic Wing
“We have really been able to unleash the potential of our engineering and design teams in specifying
Project 8. We are at the beginning of a very challenging and exciting development program which will see
us focus on ensuring Project 8 delivers track performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar,”
said, Mark Stanton, SVO Director. “The SVO team is full of performance car enthusiasts that are now
briefed to deliver motorsport science and soul in what is effectively a four-door supercar.”
To ensure optimum performance on road or track, the Project 8 furthers the effectiveness of the doublewishbone
front and Integral Link rear suspension in the standard XE with stiffer springs and manually
adjustable Continuously Variable Shock Absorbers (giving a 0.6-in/15mm lower ride height for track use).
The Project 8 also debuts a new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, which uses a Formula 1-style silicon
nitride ceramic wheel bearings, and incorporates a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD) with oil cooler.
The high-performance theme continues inside with subtle applications of Gloss Carbon Fiber trim as well
as Alcantara on the rim of the Project 8 Sport Steering Wheel, instrument panel and door panels. The
eight-speed Quickshift® transmission can either be operated by aluminum paddle shifters behind the
steering wheel or by the central Pistolshift lever – another first for XE.
The Project 8 is also the first Jaguar to feature a dedicated Track Mode, which tailors driveline and
stability control systems for circuit use, and sharpens both throttle and steering responses for ultimate
precision and driver feedback.
Globally, the Project 8 will be available in two- and four-seat specification. In North America the vehicle is
available exclusively as a four-seat model featuring the brand’s latest front Performance seats with
magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear seat cushion to maximize support. In some global
markets, an optional two-seat Track Pack includes lightweight front Carbon Fiber Racing Seats with Four-
Point Harnesses fixed to a Harness Retention Hoop in place of the rear seat. All Project 8 models will be
built in left-hand drive configuration only.
Full details of Project 8 are now online at www.jaguarusa.com, including eight body color choices – three
eye-catching standard colors: Fuji White, Narvik Black and Caldera Red; plus five enhanced SVO Design
options incorporating colors and finishes from the SVO Premium Palette: Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue,
Meribel White, Verbier Silver and Corris Grey (satin matte).
Owners of the Project 8 will also be able to personalize their car by opting for further colors and finishes
from the SVO Premium Palette range, which includes 19 colors in tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent,
ChromaFlair™ and satin matte finishes. Race-inspired decal packs, accentuating the high-performance
attributes of the Project 8, are also available.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will make its world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex,
UK, which runs from June 29 – July 2. The Project 8 will make its dynamic world debut on the famous
Goodwood Hill on Friday, June 30.
BODY DESIGN AND AERODYNAMICS
Jaguar has a rich history of producing stunning, aerodynamically-efficient cars. The XE SV Project 8
takes that tradition of uncompromised form and function to the next level, with purposeful bodywork
revisions by the SVO design and engineering experts to meet the car’s 200mph1 performance target.
The exterior body panels of the Project 8 emphasize the dynamic cab-rearward proportions of the
compact sedan’s design, with only the roof and front door skins unaltered. There are also a number of
revisions to the lightweight aluminum-intensive monocoque including:
2.2-in/55mm flared aluminum rear wing panels, to accommodate 305-width tires
Aluminum rear doors reprofiled with more muscular body flare
Reprofiled trunk floor to improve airflow through the rear diffuser
Lightweight Carbon Fiber material is used extensively throughout the Project 8 body package, which
contributes to weight from just 3,847-lbs/1,745kg. It also helps achieve the desired weight distribution.
Carbon Fiber and composite components exclusive to the Project 8 are:
0.7-in/19mm flared Carbon Fiber front wings with cut-away lower trailing edges, to accommodate
265-width tires and repositioned Xenon headlamp units
Front Carbon Fiber Bumper with integrated center and lower outer grilles for optimized airflow
Manually adjustable two-position two-piece Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
Carbon Fiber Hood with integrated air extraction duct, saving 6.6-lbs/3kg over the standard
aluminum part, reducing drag and aiding cooling
Carbon Fiber lower side skirts
Rear Carbon Fiber Bumper with drag-reducing airflow management creases and cut-away lower
wheelarch trailing edges
Rear Carbon Fiber Diffuser with quad Titanium Variable Active Exhaust tailpipes
Manually adjustable two-position single-element Rear Aerodynamic Wing
Extensive rolling road wind tunnel and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation testing has refined the
aerodynamic package, which includes a Flat Underbody, to achieve a 205 percent reduction in lift with
Front Splitter and Rear Aerodynamic Wing in Track Mode, delivering more than 269-lbs/122kg of
downforce at 186mph
Every Project 8 gets unique badges on the Front Splitter and endplates of the Rear Aerodynamic Wing,
plus an SVO roundel on the rear panel.
For clients looking to further individualize their Project 8, the Bespoke by SVO team can offer the
opportunity to choose from a number of personalized options including:
10,000 exterior paint hues
Different accent colors for brake calipers, front grille surround, aerodynamic parts and mirror caps
Unique racing-inspired decal packs
Anodized paddle shifters
Personalized Tread Plates
Special Commissioning Plaques
Reflecting the purposeful nature of the Project 8, the interior is designed to emphasize the feeling of
connection between the driver and the car, with minimal distractions or embellishments.
In North America, the Project 8 is available only in a four-seat specification featuring the latest
magnesium-framed front Performance seats with unique Oyster contrast-stitched Premium Jet leather
bolsters and Miko suedecloth centers. Project 8 logos are stitched into the headrests.
The rear seats, for two occupants only, are redesigned with additional lateral support built in to the seat
squabs and bolsters.
Helping to reduce reflections in the windscreen, black soft-touch Alcantara covers the instrument panel
and dash topper. The same material is used on the door panels and rim of the Project 8-branded Sports
Steering Wheel. Gloss Carbon Fiber detailing, mirroring its use for exterior components, extends to the
Project 8-branded Tread Plates, the Riva Hoop incorporating ‘1 of 300’ Project 8 aluminum Commission
Plaque, and the gear selector surround.
In addition to aluminum gearshift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, Project 8 features a
dimpled leather-wrapped Pistolshift lever with Command Shift, giving multiple ways to select the desired
ratio from the eight-speed Quickshift® transmission.
Giving the driver all the required information on speed, revs and dynamic performance, whether on road
or track, Project 8 features the latest virtual 12.3-inch TFT Instrument Panel Display with full-screen 3D
Map View navigation5, a 200mph-plus speedometer and Track Mode interface directly behind the steering
As standard, the Project 8 is fitted with the 10.2-inch tablet-style touchscreen of the Jaguar InControl®
Touch Pro™ infotainment system6 featuring Dynamic-i, which adds a stopwatch, g-meter readout and
accelerator and braking graphics to the central touchscreen display.
The Project 8 also functions as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot7, enabling up to eight devices to connect to the
internet, and fully supports Jaguar InControl® Apps™6.
The Jaguar InControl® Remote™ app allows users of iOS® and Android™ devices to connect to the car
from anywhere. The technology enables a range of functions, including checking how much fuel is in the
tank, unlocking or locking the doors, and seven-day timed pre-setting of the climate control system.
A superb 380W MeridianTM Sound System developed specifically for the Jaguar XE features 11 speakers
(including subwoofer) and incorporates smart functions such as ‘Play more like this’ which automatically
compiles playlists, or Music Queue, which makes it easy to search for and place songs, albums or artists
into to a music queue while the current track is still playing.
As well as media streaming from smartphones and tablets via two USB ports, Touch Pro™6 offers
AM/FM/HD Radio and Bluetooth®. The system also supports satellite radio, and delivers features such as
buffering, enabling users to skip back to the start of tracks.
At the heart of the Project 8 is the latest evolution of the well proven Jaguar 5.0-liter Supercharged V8
engine modified to give a targeted power output of 592HP and 516-lb. ft. of torque – the highest output of
any Jaguar road car.
To achieve the outputs required for a 200mph1 performance sedan, SVO engineers have tuned the
engine calibration software and enabled better breathing on both air intake and exhaust sides of the
The air intake system is unique to the Project 8 and is optimized to increase airflow efficiency and reduce
air circulation and pressure drop within the airbox. It’s fed by ducts in the front Carbon Fiber Bumper
The Project 8 uses a unique lightweight Titanium Variable Active Exhaust designed to provide consistent
performance during extended periods of track use. The system exits through the rear diffuser, finishing
with quad 3.5-in/89mm tailpipes for a phenomenal snarling soundtrack.
The cooling system of the V8 is extensively modified, ensuring stamina and endurance under extreme
track conditions and in hot climates. The vent in the Carbon Fiber Hood plays an active part in managing
under-hood temperatures as well. Located in a low-pressure area, the vent has a dual benefit of reducing
drag and helping manage the airflow through the engine compartment by sucking hot air out.
To enhance traction and delivery of the 5.0-liter Supercharged V8’s power and torque specification, the
Project 8 utilizes a re-calibrated version of the brand’s eight-speed Quickshift All-Wheel Drive system.4
Capable of selecting gears in just 200 milliseconds, and shifting non-sequentially, such as from 8th to 2nd
gear in extreme situations, the transmission helps deliver outstanding precision and confidence with a
strong torque-rich shift quality unique to this vehicle.
Project 8 also introduces an Electronic Active Differential (EAD) for the first time on the Jaguar XE, which
works with the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system to precisely manage torque delivery to each of the
rear wheels. In conjunction with enhanced large diameter front and rear driveshafts, the EAD is designed
to ensure optimum ability to put power and traction to the road in varying situations and contributes to the
exceptional lap times achievable by the Project 8.
To keep differential temperatures under control, particularly during sustained track use, the Project 8
incorporates a differential cooler housed in the rear diffuser.
The Project 8 is also the first Jaguar to receive a dedicated Track Mode, which enhances body control
and sharpens both throttle and steering responses for ultimate precision, control and driver feedback.
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
With double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension, the Project 8 offers outstanding
performance and poise, delivering confident handling on varying road surfaces. Complementing the
powertrain and AWD system4 is an extensive range of chassis and suspension enhancements developed
through an intensive test program at tracks including Nardo and the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is the
most track-biased program SVO has ever carried out.
Increasing lateral stiffness is key to the range of front and rear axle modifications of the Project 8, which
combine to deliver exceptional speed, precision, and cornering capability. New SVO-designed knuckles
machined from billet incorporate ultra-high-performance Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic bearings
which reduce unsprung mass by a total of 1.9-lbs/840g, increase stiffness, improve steering response
and reduce friction. The use of ceramic bearings in this application a first for Jaguar Land Rover road
Stiffer suspension bushes complement the new knuckles, while the rear upper control arm assembly uses
ball joints instead of bushes. Front and rear anti-roll systems8 are fine-tuned to enhance grip and traction,
while the Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system has been recalibrated with variable damping to
offer easy low speed maneuverability and precise driver feedback on track.
For ultimate track performance, Project 8 features height-adjustable spring platforms with motorsportspecification
coil springs and aluminum-bodied Continuously Variable Dampers and a choice of two ride
heights: standard for road and -15mm for track use.
The Carbon Ceramic Brake (CCB) system fitted on the Project 8 is a first for Jaguar, offering sustained
performance under demanding conditions. The Jaguar CCB system, which is different than the Carbon
Ceramic Matrix (CCM) componentry fitted to the F-TYPE SVR, consists of 15.7-in/400mm two-piece front
discs with six-piston aluminum calipers and 15.6-in/396mm two-piece rear discs with single-piston sliding
The CCB system offers lower unsprung mass as well as a consistent pedal feel, fade resistance and
longevity. The Project 8 also uses motorsport-grade Synthetic Racing Fluid (SRF) with an exceptionally
high dry boiling point, which is ideal for use under arduous braking.
Torque Vectoring by Braking technology helps minimize understeer by independently braking inside
wheels during cornering, and works with the Electronic Active Differential to precisely control torque
delivery to the rear wheels8.
Selecting Track Mode activates calibration settings tailored to track use for Intelligent Driveline Dynamics,
Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), ABS, Torque Vectoring by Braking and EPAS