The Jaguar XE is a ideally efficient sports sedan that goes toe-to-toe with a BMW 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Giulia, though Jaguar wasn’t calm to rest on a laurels. With a Project 8, Jaguar set it sights on a bigger goal: abrasive a Giulia Quadrifolgio’s Nürburgring path record. The result: a four-door sedan that laps a storied lane in a record-setting 7:21.23.
In terms of horsepower alone, a Project 8 positively stomps all over a bottom XE, as a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 produces an tarmac-scorching 592 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s an boost of 345 hp over a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
But Jaguar wasn’t calm to simply force a largest, many absolute V-8 into a engine brook and call it a day. Going for a path record compulsory a horde of upgrades via a car. All-wheel expostulate creates a many of that power, rubbed by a quick-shifting ZF eight-speed involuntary transmission. Curb weight is reduced and aerodynamics softened with a use of a CO fiber roof, front splitter, front/rear fascia, and rocker panels. The Project 8 also receives a height-adjustable suspension, vast carbon-ceramic brakes, and a large back wing that delivers roughly 270 pounds of downforce during 186 mph.
With benchmarks such as a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Porsche 911, a Project 8 is personification in an wholly opposite joining when it comes to performance. Indeed, in a First Drive we pronounced “the Project 8 felt like a Porsche GT3 RS” on a track. Yet notwithstanding these abilities, it’s still a “true, bland four-door supercar. You can mangle a record during a Nürburgring and expostulate a same automobile home in comfort.” We concluded, “With a singular prolongation of usually 300 hand-assembled cars worldwide, a $188,495 seeking cost is easy to justify. Jaguar nailed it.”
Check out a video above to watch a Project 8 in suit with AUTOMOBILE’s Jethro Bovingdon behind a wheel.