Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Sedan Record Of 7min 21sec

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has become the fastest sedan to ever lap the Nurburgring, recording a blistering time of 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds.

The previous record was a 7 min 32 sec set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but Jaguar managed to slashed a full eleven seconds off that record with the hardcore XE SV Project 8 in production-intent specification.

Unlike the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is sold throughout the world and in large numbers, Jaguar will only build 300 examples of the Project 8. Nevertheless, it shows the Germans and Italians that they can’t have the high-performance sedan market all to themselves.

Speaking about the Nurburgring record, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director John Edwards said, “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. 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. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

Sitting at the heart of the XE SV Project 8 is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 600 PS. Connected exclusively to an eight-speed transmission, the super sedan can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

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  • Bob

    Awesome looking car but dunno if I would pay 150k pounds for this instead of 60k pounds for Giulia. Maybe jag will grow it’s value over time, dunno.

  • Bob

    I’d still take the Alfa.

  • dj_aris

    “in production-intent specification”. Really? With a rollcage? And no info about the tires?

    • Matt

      Pretty much all production cars that set ring records have a roll cage fitted. Manufacturers don’t want to kill their best test drivers.

      • Donal Maher

        This car has a roll cage option from the factory, so, yeah, production spec.

  • Augustin

    I’d still take the Alfa.

  • Anthony James

    100 extra horsepower and none “production spec” aero and it only manages 9 seconds over Giulia QV? As far as I’m concerned the Italians are still “winning”, that’s before we regard usability and cost!

  • Infinite1

    Amazing car

  • Carzzz

    Series car?
    Giulia Quadrifoglio had no wing, no rollcage, full series specs…

    this is a racecar, more similar to M4 GtS…

    with 90hp more, aerodynamic, larger wheelarches, rollcage (that gives the car much more stiffness, is not only for safety..) than AR should have been much faster than this!

  • Kaisuke971

    The car lapped the track in 7min 21.23s not 7min 23s…

  • SteersUright

    Dont care. Stupid price, stupid looks, crap interior…Jaguar is slipping back again to producing 2nd rate cars.

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