For most XE customers, the compact sports sedan is your gateway into the Jaguar brand. However, for a select few, there will be a special XE that will represent the ultimate in Jaguar performance sedans.
On Friday, Jaguar Land Rover announced that it’s Special Vehicles Operations will build what it calls the brand’s “most powerful, agile, and extreme” performance machine ever.
That’s really saying something considering this is the same brand that brought us the XJ220 and XJR-15 supercars.
“The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar,” Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations managing director, John Edwards said in a statement. “The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.”
Based on the production XE sedan, the XE SV Project 8 takes Jag’s smallest sedan and turned the dial up to 11. Under the hood is a 592 horsepower version of the company’s trust 5.0 litre, supercharged V8 engine. Tuned at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the all-wheel-drive sedan will be hand built at the SVO Technical Center in Coventry, England.
According to Jaguar, a total of 300 Project 8 sedans will be on sale in 2018 at a price that will reflect its extreme performance and limited quantity.
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