A 200-mph British badass with a taste for track time

Jaguar just dropped details on its latest SVO-tuned monster, the XE SV Project 8, an eight-cylinder, AWD, four-door cruise missile jam-packed with go-fast stuff. As a reminder, SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operation, which is Jag’s skunk works division. The Project 8 follows in the footsteps of the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and is definitely a worthy second act.

Here are the specs. Carbon fiber and aluminum are everywhere, with composites for the hood and bumpers. The body gets flared wheel arches and 20-inch aluminum wheels in the corners, while the aero is very much track-ready, with an adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear spoiler, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Under the hood is a 592-horse supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 featuring a Titanium Variable Active exhaust. Top speed is rated at 200 mph, while 0-to-60 mph is done in 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the quickest Jag ever produced. The suspension gets a manually adjustable ride height, while multiple Driveline Dynamics settings help fine tune your set-up for track duty. Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, plus there are silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, which are similar to what’s used in Formula 1. The cabin gets a four-seater layout in the U.S., while elsewhere, the Project 8 gets race buckets and a harness bar. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is set to make its first public debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sales will be worldwide, although production is set at just 300 units total.

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So It’ll Handle?

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You know it. Up front, there is a double-wishbone set-up, while the rear gets an integral link set-up. It’s the same stuff as the regular XE, but this time around, the springs are stiffer and the shocks are manually adjustable Continuously Variable units that’ll lower the ride by as much as 0.6 inches. An Electronic Active Differential in back helps make the most of the available grip.

The Project 8 is also equipped with a dedicated Track Mode, which makes the driveline, throttle response, steering response, and stability control a bit more apex-friendly.

What’s Up With The Interior?

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It’s different depending on where you love. Here in the States, the Project 8 gets two additional sitters in the rear, while elsewhere, buyers can opt into the two-seat Track Pack, which tosses the rear accommodations in favor of a bar and four-point harness.

So How Much Will It Cost?

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No official pricing for U.S.-bound models has been given, but if we were to guess, somewhere between $130,000 and $150,000 feels about right.

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