Jaguar XE SV Project 8 beats itself around the Nürburgring

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Words: Nile Bijoux
25 Jul 2019

Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 super sedan has broken its own record around the Nürburgring.

The new time of 7:18.361 is 2.9 seconds faster than it recorded the previous time, and a healthy seven seconds faster than any other production four-door car. Last time Jag sent the XE SV around the ‘Ring was in 2017, when the track was 20.6km. Now, the Nürburgring measures lap times on the full 20.862km variant, which the XE SV lapped in 7:23.164, the first mid-range production class car to do so.

While no major changes were undertaken for this run, the rims were shod in new off-the-shelf ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. Power is sourced from a highly tuned version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8, making 447kW and sending the four-door to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds. The underbelly is fully enclosed as well, helping the car hug the tarmac.

Production of the Project 8 will wrap up this year. There are three specifications available: a lightweight two-seat Track Pack as used for the record lap time; a four-seat configuration with the same aero package and performance as Track Pack, and a Touring specification with discreet fixed rear spoiler limited to 15 examples worldwide and 299km/h (down from 320km/h).

A display Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is expected to land in New Zealand later this year. Customers are advised to contact their local authorised Jaguar retailer for more information.

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