With 600 horsepower on tap, the extreme XE aims to deliver supercar levels of performance in a sedan.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is at it again. After the special F-Type Project 7 from 2014, SVO is now giving the XE compact sedan a shot of testosterone and is taking “aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level.” Those are indeed some big words used to characterize the supercar disguised as a sedan, but with 600 horsepower coming from a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, the special edition should be able to live up to the promise.


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To keep it exclusive, Jaguar has announced only 300 units will ever be made and all of them are going to be hand-assembled by SVO at its Technical Center located in Coventry, U.K. It’s destined to become a global model and will celebrate its premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30. Full technical specifications and details about performance are going to be published two days earlier.

It goes without saying it’s going to be much quicker than the current range-topping XE. With a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, the 380-hp XE S needs 4.8 seconds until 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) and maxes out at 250 km/h (155 mph). Taking into account Jaguar points out the new XE SV Project 8 will be the brand’s “most extreme performance” car ever, perhaps it will be both quicker and faster than the F-Type SVR. As a reminder, the hardcore coupe does the sprint in 3.5 seconds and can hit a maximum velocity of 322 km/h (200 mph).

The all-wheel-drive XE SV Project 8 will prove to be a worthy adversary for the likes of the BMW M3 with the Competition Package and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, though these two are regular production models. Chances are Jaguar will add a permanent member to the XE family later on by launching an SVR version to take on the Germans permanently, but it probably won’t be as intense as the Project 8.



Source: Jaguar


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