Australia set to miss out on Project 8

AUSTRALIA is set to fill the biggest loser role in Jaguar’s Project 8 story, after it was today revealed the 300 Project 8 cars to be built in the UK will all be left-hand-drive only.

For those hoping to see the most powerful Jaguar performance sedan ever built land here, especially with its reasonable $253,000 price tag, the disappointment is palpable. But the specifications are astounding, and the launch video so cool, Exhaust Notes Australia is bringing you the details anyway. It’s enough to make you move to a foreign country, just to own one.

Significant SVO enhancements have been made to the award-winning XE, including lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre exterior panels to meet extreme performance targets, along with the installation of a 441kW 5.0-litre supercharged V8.

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An incredible 322km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h in 3.7sec time stamp make this a must have for any performance car junkie. Add in manually adjustable ride height, aerodynamics and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics settings for circuit use and an optional two-seat Track Pack version and you couldn’t want for much more.

But there is more, there’s carbon ceramic brakes and silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings – the first time the F1-style technology has made it onto a road car. With 700Nm of torque, a monster rear wing, and an eight-speed quick shifter (either paddle or stick driven), the all-wheel-drive 2017 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a genuine one-of-a-kind performance car.

The car will make its debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It will be sold in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, UAE, Canada and the USA (the track pack is not available in these last two countries).

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.



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