Jaguar has just released the details of their latest special project, and it’s looking as though it may turn a few heads. This XE is made by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations team and is going to be a limited edition, beefed up version of the original XE. More importantly, it’s going to sport a 591bhp power figure, making it the most powerful road-legal Jaguar in the company’s history.
This power will be made by the company’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8, its most powerful engine to be used on their products. Jaguar have also told us that the model will be limited to 300 vehicles – less than half the total of M4 GTSs ever built, so you can expect a large sticker price. Jaguar says:
“The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect [it].”
Jaguar hasn’t of yet given us any indication as to what’s been changed on the chassis, but as you can see from the photos it’s got a wider track with some aggressive arches covering what look to be wider tyres.
There’s also a lot of aerodynamic styling going on with splitters galore and the adjustable wing at the back. And look at those vents! All those horses obviously need a lot of fresh air to function, as do the brakes.
Following the patterns of previous SVRs, it’s a possibility that this XE will be getting an AWD system, too. That will certainly give it the upper hand over the rather raucous, rear wheel-driven M4 GTS.
It’s good to see Jaguar making the most out of their fleet, as we are much in need of a fast Jaguar saloon car. It’s a shame however, that it will be limited to only 300 units.
The Project 8 has already begun testing on the Nurburghring and will be showed off at Goodwood Festival of Speed later this year, with an official reveal date of June 28th.