Fen End, UK – 7 June 2019.
Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division has developed a more restrained road-oriented version of the extreme XE SV Project 8 featuring a discreet new rear spoiler, delivering a covert design that belies the 447 kW (600 PS) vehicle’s race track-honed performance capabilities.
The new Touring specification is available alongside existing 320 km/h Project 8 derivatives, which currently hold production sedan lap records on three continents – at circuits including the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Dubai Autodrome and Laguna Seca.
The fixed Touring Spoiler replaces Project 8’s adjustable carbonfibre rear aerodynamic wing (which generates more than 122 kg of downforce at 300 km/h in Track Mode , and is complemented by a fixed front splitter to maintain aerodynamic balance.
Despite this significant aerodynamic revision, the 5.0- l Supercharged V8 Project 8 with Touring Spoiler retains an extraordinary level of on-road performance and driver engagement for a sports sedan, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 s and on to a limited top speed of 300 km/h.
Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Project 8 has received outstanding critical acclaim since its launch, demonstrating the Special Vehicle Operations team’s ability to create a compact Jaguar sedan with supercar-rivalling performance. Touring specification extends the appeal of Project 8 to performance car enthusiasts and collectors who prefer a more discreet appearance, without compromising its driver-focused on-road dynamics.”
Special Vehicle Operations will hand-assemble no more than 15 examples of the Touring specification Project 8 at its Technical Centre in Warwickshire, exclusively in four-seat configuration.
Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue, Corris Grey Satin and British Racing Green paint finishes are available, while the absence of body decals – though optional – confirms this as the ultimate Q car.