Jaguar has announced it will build its most powerful street-legal vehicle ever, the XE SV Project 8, a version of the XE sedan with a 592-horsepower, supercharged V-8 and all-wheel drive. But you'll be lucky to see one -- production will be limited to 300 for sale globally.
The sedan could be a harbinger of a larger-production hot-rod XE model to rival such ridiculously fast, sub-4-second zero-to-60-mph luxury sedans as the BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V and, most of all, the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which set a Nurburgring lap record for production sedans last September. Check out Project 8 testing in the video above.
Jaguar says the sedan will be hand built at its Special Vehicle Operations tech center at Coventry, England and go on sale in 2018. It is SVO's second "Collectors' Edition" limited-production vehicle, following the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 in 2014.
Such exclusivity won't be cheap. "Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-Type Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance Used Engine ering to another level - it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that," said John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.
The heartbeat of the car will be a new tuning of JLR's 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8. It also will have all-wheel drive, but that's all Jaguar has revealed so far about its underpinnings. The photos released show a body kit with extravagant aero modifications. Jaguar says more details on the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 will be announced June 28 when the new car is unveiled ahead of showing off its performance at the U.K.'s annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30.