Fen End, United Kingdom: Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The time of 7 min 21.23 s is nearly 11 s quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.7 km German circuit and puts the 441 kW Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars.
The SVO design and engineering team had set out to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history, pushing the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. And this hand-assembled project takes that principle to the limit; extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan which is capable of 0-97 km/h in 3.3 s and a top speed of 322 km/h*.
75% of the XE SV Project 8’s mechanical hardware is new and only the roof and front door skins are carried-over unaltered from XE. Production will be limited to 300 units for sale worldwide, and it will be priced from £149 995 in the UK.
*Manufacturer’s estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production
Watch the record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife here: