Jaguar SVR Project 8
Put side by side, most would be able to claim that Clark Kent and Superman are obviously the same person, measured by their appearance; a pair of glasses and a suit versus the red cape and large ‘S’ may change the dynamic, but the jawline is unmistakable. However, judging by personality, the mild-mannered Clark Kent never seems like he could be the same person as the charismatic, powerful Superman. Meanwhile, Jaguar has their own version of the Clark Kent-Superman scenario to showcase.
Introducing the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a wild and aggressive take on the (seemingly) timid XE. A monster built for pure performance, the XE SV Project 8 hosts 592 horsepower, allowing for a blistering 3.3 second 0-60. Lapping the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds, the exhilaration of driving the Project 8 is everything expected from a vehicle designed by Jaguar-Land Rover SVO (Special Vehicles Operations). But raw speed doesn’t solely make a vehicle fast, and so Jaguar has replaced much of the vehicle with carbon fiber, added 400 mm carbon ceramic disc brakes, and specially designed Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
Other additions to the Project 8 from a standard XE, much like Superman’s cape, turn the vehicle from mild-mannered to heroic. A massive rear spoiler ensures this Jaguar always sticks to the ground, and looks good doing it, while racing-inspired decals advertise the performance available from the Project 8. A lowered front end spoiler creates an aggressive façade up front, although drivers should be careful to not catch any speed bumps on it.
The interior is still as comfortable as expected of a Jaguar vehicle, although built with performance in mind; four magnesium-framed performance seats with white-stitched black leather bolsters and suede centers. Carbon fiber and aluminum accent the interior, with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, aluminum gearshift paddles, and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel round out the driver’s cockpit. But performance doesn’t mean you should have to skip on some of the extra touches, and the 10.2-inch infotainment center has all the extras you’d want: a stopwatch, g-meter readout, and other racing infographics, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 380-watt, 11-speaker Meridian Sound System with subwoofer to list a few.
The Project 8 makes for an impressive vehicle, although starts at a staggering $187,500, however that’s the price to pay to get Jaguar’s very own Superman (or car) to take off the glasses and get into costume. Only 300 were made in the whole world for the time being, but here’s fingers crossed that they’ll produce a few more.