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New Jaguar Touring spec ‘world’s fastest production sedan’

  • Fixed spoilers but seriously exclusive
  • 0-100km/h in 3.7sec, top speed 300km/h
  • Want one? Only 15 to be built – all LHD
IT’S AN SV PROJECT 8: …but not as we know it. The Touring version might be minus the bling but sill has the power. Image: Jaguar

PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division has developed a less macho, road-orientated, version of the extreme XE SV Project 8 that sports a discreet rear spoiler, has a covert design, and belies the 441kW car’s track-honed performance.

The new Touring specification will be available in markets other than South Africa alongside existing Project 8 derivatives which hold production sedan lap records on three continents – the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Dubai Autodrome, Laguna Seca.

HIGH SPEED, LONG NAME

A fixed spoiler has replaced the Project 8’s adjustable carbon-fibre rear wing and is complemented by a fixed front splitter to maintain aerodynamic balance.

FIXED WING: And there’s a fixed splitter up at the front. Image: Jaguar

Despite this significant aerodynamic revision, the five-litre supercharged V8 Project 8 with Touring Spoiler (that’s the mouthful that’s its official name) retains what Jaguar describes as an extraordinary level of on-road performance and driver engagement for a sport sedan – 0-100km/h in 3.7sec and limited top speed of 300km/h.

Jamal Hameedi, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations’ engineering director, told The Corner in a media release: “Project 8 has received outstanding critical acclaim since its launch, demonstrating the Special Vehicle Operations team’s ability to create a compact Jaguar sedan with supercar performance.

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”Touring specification extends its appeal to performance-car enthusiasts and collectors who prefer a more discreet appearance, without compromising its driver-focused on-road dynamics.”

SVO will hand-assemble only 15 Touring Project 8 units at its technical centre in central England but only as a four-seater.

SORRY GUYS(ESSES), LHD ONLY…

Orange, blue, grey satin and green paint finishes will be available; a lack of performance decals will mask what SVO calls ”the ultimate sleeper car”.

All Project 8 derivatives will be left-hand drive and so not available in South Africa.

SLEEK BUT SURPRISING: The Project 8 derivatives  are surprisingly unadorned. Image: Jaguar

 

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