Jaguar reveals its most powerful road car to date with the XE SV Project 8 – and just 300 are being made

Rebecca Smith
Jaguar's SV Project 8 has a top speed of 200mph
Jaguar's SV Project 8 has a top speed of 200mph

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled what it's billing as its most powerful and "extreme performance" road car ever, the XE SV Project 8 sedan.

The second collector's edition by JLR's special vehicle operations (SVO) is a four-door sedan which it says has supercar performance, reaching 200mph.

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Just 300 of the vehicles will be created at Jaguar's technical centre in Coventry, complete with a highly tuned 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain.

As well as a top speed of 200mph, Project 8 does 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds, making it the "fastest accelerating Jaguar yet".

Jaguar's XE SV Project 8 in all its glory:

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John Edwards, JLR's special operations managing director, said:

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.

The Project 8 has also undergone some modifications to the XE's aluminium body panels and will be the lightest V8 sedan in the Jaguar range.

At launch, the car will be available in two specs, and there will be eight different colour choices, along with Fuji white, Narvik black and caldera red, there are also Valencia orange, velocity blue, Meribel white, Verbier silver, and Corris grey.

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