Speedy Jaguar XE SV Project 8 laps com­pe­ti­tion

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Well, I guess this backs up Jaguar’s over-the-top ref­er­ence to the XE SV Project 8 as “the most ex­treme Jaguar ever.”

On the eve of the 2017 Los An­ge­les Auto Show, the leg­endary Bri­tish brand an­nounced — OK, boasted — that the pro­to­type has set “the fastest time ever by a sedan of pro­duc­tion-in­tent spec­i­fi­ca­tion” of the 20.7-kilo­me­tre Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife.

The new record of seven min­utes, 21.23 sec­onds around the “Green Hell” is a full 11 sec­onds quicker than the pre­vi­ous time for a sedan of pro­duc­tion-in­tent spec, putting the 592-horse­power Jaguar ahead of some of the world’s fastest twodoor coupes and ex­otic cars.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­tomaker, the XE SV Project 8 — de­signed, en­gi­neered and hand-as­sem­bled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions (SVO) di­vi­sion — sprints from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.3 sec­onds and has a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).

“SVO ex­ists to push the bound­aries of per­for­mance, lux­ury and all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity,” said John Ed­wards, Jaguar Land Rover Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

“The hand-as­sem­bled XE SV Project 8 takes that prin­ci­ple to the limit, ex­tract­ing su­per­car-beat­ing per­for­mance from Jaguar’s most com­pact four-door sedan.”

SVO di­rec­tor Mark Stan­ton gave some more de­tails on the car.

“The SVO de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing team’s mis­sion was to cre­ate the most track-fo­cused road-le­gal Jaguar in his­tory,” he said, “not only the fastest, but also the most ag­ile. As a re­sult, only the roof and front-door skins of the Project 8 body are car­ried over un­al­tered from XE, and 75 per cent of its me­chan­i­cal hard­ware is new.”

Jaguar has lim­ited the pro­duc­tion of the 2019 Project 8 to 300 units for sale world­wide, with a price of US$187,500 and an ex­pected de­liv­ery date some­time in 2018.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8

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