Drive: Beating its benchmark

The Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations-developed XE SV Project 8 has demonstrated its breadth of performance capability by setting the fastest Nürburgring Nordschleife

lap time for a four-door production car again: 7 minutes 18.361 seconds. This new officially-verified time on the 20.6km (12.8-mile) lap is 2.9 seconds faster than Project 8’s previous benchmark set in November 2017 and seven seconds faster than any other four-door production car has achieved.

The production-specification two-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 had its height-adjustable twin-spring coil-over suspension set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbon fibre rear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.

Powered by the most highly tuned 600PS version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8, the all-wheel-drive Project 8 is capable of 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 200mph. It also features a fully-enclosed flat underbody for enhanced aerodynamics. Production of the limited-edition Project 8 will finish this year with three distinct four-door specifications available.

From £149,995

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