— Jaguar is detailing how it's turning the XE into the XE SV Project 8 sedan, a 200-mph track monster. Coming out of Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations division, just 300 of the Project 8 sedans will be built.
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That 200-mph top speed matches the top speed for the F-Type SVR coupe, which makes sense given that these two share a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 Used Engine . In the Project 8 car, however, the Used Engine has been tuned to make even more power: 592 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. That is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission that can bang out shifts in just 200 milliseconds. The sedan also has standard all-wheel drive.
Out back, there is an electronic active differential that can shuffle power between the rear wheels. The Project 8 also features a torque-vectoring system, which uses the brakes to slow the inside wheels during cornering. Speaking of brakes, the Project 8 has some massive ones to slow down all that power: The carbon ceramics have 15.7-inch front discs and 15.6-inch rears, with six-piston aluminum calipers up front and single pistons in the back.
The Project 8's exterior matches the mechanical madness, with flared aluminum rear-wing panels to accommodate the wider tires, extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the body, and aggressive front and rear diffusers. The carbon-fiber front splitter and rear wing are both manually adjustable, with two positions for each. Jaguar also says that buyers will have the option of choosing between 10,000 exterior paint hues, different colors for the brake calipers, front grille surround, side mirror and aerodynamic parts, as well as personalized tread plates.
If you want to know more about all of these goodies, Jaguar's press release delves into the mechanical details a bit more here. My favorite detail of the release? The first footnote says, "Always follow local speed limits." Good luck with that.