Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets New Nürburgring Record to Become ‘World’s Fastest Four-Door Car’
Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following the completion of a record lap at the Nürburgring.
The time of 7 minutes 21.23 seconds is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest saloon around the famed 12.9-mile German circuit and puts the 592 bhp Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars.
Described as “production-intent” prototype, the model is said to be the most extreme performance road-legal Jaguar ever and has been designed, engineered and hand-assembled by the company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine delivers a 0-60 mph time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
“The SVO design and engineering team’s mission was to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile. As a result, only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes,” says SVO boss, Mark Stanton.
When the full production version launches in May 2018, it will become the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO, following the launch of F-TYPE Project 7 in 2014.
Jaguar says no more than 300 examples of the XE SV Project 8 will be hand-built at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry.