Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Tow Test -

In 1883, a vol­cano on the In­done­sian is­land of Kraka­toa went bang in a big way. The ex­plo­sion was so loud that it rup­tured the eardrums of peo­ple 40 miles (64km) away, and was clearly heard on is­lands more than 3,000 miles (4,828km) west in the In­dian Ocean. The Jaguar XE Project 8 and Range Rover Sport SVR are louder. No ques­tion. I half-ex­pect my col­leagues to clutch at their ears in pain as I start the P8 and ease it onto its Brian James trailer. Th­ese two are all about the noise. A rude, in­con­gru­ous noise that never fails to put a smile on your face, no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion. Yes, they look ab­surd and are driven mainly by the kind of peo­ple whose houses have fake Ro­man col­umns, and maybe they aren’t quite at the same level dy­nam­i­cally as some of my col­leagues’ cars (de­spite JLR’s best ef­forts), but, by God, they make you laugh. And it’s much eas­ier to laugh when you’re warm and dry, Mr Rix. If the­atrics are your bag, then this two­some is with­out doubt the ul­ti­mate rig. Makes silly noises, goes silly fast, looks to­tally ridicu­lous. Peo­ple will hate you for it, but you can al­ways drown them out. TH

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