Ever since the launch of Jaguar’s small family sedan, the XE, enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting a performance version. It was expected that Jaguar would produce a vehicle aimed at the BMW M4 and Mercedes C63. However, the engineers at Jaguar didn’t seem to think that was quite fast enough. Jaguar’s XE has been stripped out and converted into one angry looking machine courtesy of their Special Vehicle Operations division. The result of this transformation is not just a fast sedan, it’s the most powerful car Jaguar currently produces.
The Project 8, as this beast is known, is powered by a modified version of the 5 liter V8 found in the F-Type. This engine makes a fairly ludicrous 592 horsepower, which is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. 0-60 happens in 3.3 seconds on the way to a 200 mph top speed. These are supercar numbers, which makes them even more impressive coming from a four door “family” car. In addition to being stupidly fast, it’s pretty safe to assume it’ll sound like thunder too due to a titanium exhaust.
The XE Project 8 has received a number of cosmetic modifications over the standard car that help it to achieve these numbers. A completely reworked front end includes massive grilles for cooling, an aggressive hood vent, and a new splitter. Around back, the rear bumper includes more cooling vents, a sharp rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips, and a huge rear spoiler to keep the back end planted. Carbon ceramic brakes sit at all four corners to bring the XE down from speed.
Only 300 units of the XE Project 8 will ever be produced, and they will cost a considerable premium above the standard XE’s price. Or the price of pretty much any other current Jaguar. But for a monstrous creation such as this, I guarantee that is money well spent. The Project 8 will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.