Jaguar’s 600 HP XE SV Project 8 Will Make You Forget About The M3

Following a preview last month, Jaguar has officially unveiled the XE SV Project 8.

Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the XE SV Project 8 is a shot across the bow of the German establishment as it packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 600 PS (441 kW). The engine is connected to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission which allows the super sedan to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

Those performance figures are supercar worthy and the baby Jag has the equipment to backup its position as the “pinnacle of the world’s performance sedans.”

Starting with the exterior, the model has been equipped with a carbon fiber front bumper, a carbon fiber hood, and an adjustable splitter. The SVO team also installed a flat underbody panel and a carbon fiber rear bumper with an aggressive diffuser. Other highlights include 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and an adjustable rear wing.

To keep things under control, engineers installed a thoroughly revised suspension with stiffer springs and manually adjustable Continuously Variable Dampers which can lower the ride height by 15mm for track use. The car has also been equipped with an Electronic Active Differential with an oil cooler as well as a carbon ceramic braking system which uses the first application of Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings on a road car. Of course, the XE SV Project 8 also comes with all-wheel drive to help transfer all that power to the ground.

The interior has been given a sporty makeover as well as designers installed an Alcantara-wrapped sport steering wheel and gloss carbon fiber trim. The standard model comes with a four-seat interior but the optional two-seat Track Pack adds carbon fiber front racing seats with four-point harnesses and a rear roll cage.

According to JLR Special Vehicle Operations boss John Edwards, “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.”

Production will be limited to 300 units and all of them will be left-hand drive. Unfortunately, all this performance doesn’t come cheap as U.K. pricing starts at £149,995.


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    • I’mCallingYouOut

      I still hate your caps lock obsession, but I agree with you this time.

    • Matt

      Simple solution, buy the diesel instead.

      • Benjamin B.

        why though

        • Matt

          So you don’t have to look at big air intakes.

  • That Ross Chap

    That looks properly mad and brilliant, particularly with the interesting and distinctive lower intakes, muscular and aggressive front splitter, hood and rear bumper layout and unique orange paint colour, all on a sedan that still looks quite compact and muscular. Christopher Hitchen’s mother remarked to him that to be boring is the only sin, and in an area of the automotive market that leans towards ‘subtly’ and blandness, something a bit mad is a welcome relief. The designers, and more significantly, the executives who allowed them those designers to work with greater freedom should be congratulated greatly.

    • Six_Tymes

      Well said. I agree!

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’s like the Ford Raptor of its segment.

      • Benjamin B.

        Jaguar is very interesting to me.

      • Benjamin B.

        Jaguar was owned by Ford a few years ago and the current Ford Mustang and most Jaguar products can trace development back to the Lincoln LS/Jaguar S Type platform.

        • MarketAndChurch

          I know, and the LS and S-type remain my two favorite cars from that era. It remains a fantasy of mine that Ford would some day resurrect its Premiere Auto Group(PAG), where Lincoln, Jaguar-LandRover, and Volvo (and maybe Aston-Martin if Mercedes is cool with it) can once again share tech and platforms to cut costs.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Because that worked so well LAST TIME…

            If you give American manufaturers low-hanging fruit like that, they will never learn. I love Ford and all, but I just don’t trust them. Even now.

          • MarketAndChurch

            True. But the problem with PAG was that it was owned by Ford. A modern-day PAG would be a partnership between Lincoln(Ford), Jaguar-Landrover(Tata), and Volvo(Geely).

            It would leverage Ford’s research so that it would reduce their costs from the scale that comes from having those technologies sold on Jags, Land Rover, and Volvo. Those 3 companies would have access to all sorts of driver technologies, while allowing them to throw more of their money elsewhere, cost-savings for Ford and great tech for Geely and Tata.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            So…kind of like the (more fruitful?) luxury car version of DSM, then?

          • MarketAndChurch

            I have no idea what DSM is lol

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Diamond-Star Motors. Partnership between Mitsubishi and Chrysler. The only success from this was the Eclipse.

          • MarketAndChurch

            Ah, I see. A little before my time, but I am familiar with the Eclipse.

            I was thinking a little more like Mercedes and Infiniti partnership to build small CUV’s (QX30 & GLA), or Mercedes relationship to Aston, to supply them with technology and powertrains, but I think that’s very similar to what you’re saying.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Oh okay. But yeah, maybe PAG could work out if it’s like that. Couldn’t hurt.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    I hated that perfurated bumper :/ But the car, overall, it’s awesome, however, I still prefer the M3.

    • SteersUright

      Its so bad. How did they sign off on it to production?

    • Astonman

      I like it! Very distinctive and different.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I like it too

    • Alx

      Agreed.. Juvenile.

  • Six_Tymes

    Looking forward to seeing a full video review.

    • Infinite1


  • Six Thousand Times

    Bit too boy racer-y for me.

    • Benjamin B.

      I love it

  • Zandit75

    I guess it’s different enough to not be classed as “Me Too!!”.
    Those front lower air ducts would probably look better in black, but then it would look like every other brand out there.

  • im fine with my subaru impreza. its faster and looks better than this.

    • Matt

      Your Impreza does 0-62 in 3.3 seconds?

    • anonymous

      Your WRX STi does 200mph?

    • Benjamin B.


    • Tumbi Mtika

      HAHAHAHA!!!! YOU’RE FUNNY!!!!!

      HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! You upvoted your comment too!

      (edit: wait are you just joking?)

  • TheBelltower

    This thing is ridiculous. What the hell is a Jaguar anymore? It’s just another me-too brand that offers juvenile sedans attempting to be another M3.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Currently the M3 is not the best in its class, so meeting or exceeding M3 level is not hard. And overall, Jaguars are becoming increasingly more dynamic, so I just feel Jaguar might be outBMW-ing BMW.

      • TheBelltower

        We will see. I have never loved the visual design language of Jaguar’s current sedans. Neither inside or outside. I’ve had the XJ and the XF as loaners, and was surprised at how mediocre they were. I’ve sat in, but never driven the XE.

  • LexusGXman

    How could you not love this thing. With all the hate it’s getting, it’s amazing!

  • Kevin Tay

    That rear is uugggliiieee

  • Bob

    Modern Jaguar design ages terribly.

    Edit: OMF, is that the actual bumper? THE signed-off production bumper? Oh my soul that is the ugliest bit of standard kit I have ever laid eyes on.

  • uS’gedlemba

    So the car will be Left Hand Rive meaning it’s meant for countries where they drive on the Right Hand Side…some one help me understand…isn’t the UK market Right Hand drive and driving on the Left Hand Side? Or is it legal to buy a Left Hand Drive in the UK? With that said, 300 units will not be enough to challenge the the German alternatives in terms of acclaim even if it’s faster or handles better.

  • Dariush

    It’s a nice, DIFFERENT interpretation of the base model. Love it. The colour is strinkingly cool.

  • fabri99

    I actually quite like it. Finally a 600 hp sedan that looks like it actually has 600 hp.

  • Kaisuke971

    Fantastic car, Jaguar is awesome

  • Vassilis

    Oh my, what a beast!

  • Infinite1

    The sound of that V8 along with the whine of the supercharger is pretty badass.

    • Alx

      Yep… demonic… love it!

  • MG force.

    How to reduce an anonymous car, in a real unnecessary heavy sports really vulgar. Just to say they are the most powerful in that category. Horrible aesthetically!

  • Benjamin B.

    very powerful car for the class… now let’s see how well it drives/handles 600HP

  • G82FS

    People say that the Holden Commodore design is dated but this looks almost exactly like it. That is not a bad thing at all…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I know right! I get Commodore instantly by looking at it!

  • KidRed

    HOT DAMN! Wow, that thing is gorgeous. The honeycomb air dams won’t look so out of place on darker colors. But the rest of the car is perfect.

  • Dennis James

    It looks too much like an M3, but at the same time much worse. And 600hp from a huge 5 liter engine ? What about weight, emissions, mileage ? Everyone in the segment stops at 3 liters today and can get as much power as needed (look at the Giulia Quadrifoglio).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “Jaguar’s 600 HP XE SV Project 8 Will Make You Forget About The M3”

    As if the Giulia QV, AMG C63 S, and ATS-V didn’t already do that. And with two more seats as well. And two less liters. BUT HEY, IT’S A JAG!!!!

  • Alfa Romeo Alfetta QV with 620 PS Ferrari-based engine is better according to me, or not?….

    • Tumbi Mtika

      It’s not real, though.