WATCH: Jethro Bovingdon Accidentally Sets A New Record in the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8
592-hp Jag blows away the competition at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
Contributor Jethro Bovindgon wasn't planning on setting any record during his first drive of the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8, but the track-ready super-sedan had other ideas. Thanks in part to its 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, which makes 592 hp at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft from 3,500 to 5,500 rpm, and performance all-wheel-drive system sourced from the F-Type SVR, the 200-mph Jaguar sedan can hit 60 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds despite weighing in at around 3,900 pounds.
But it's more than just a straight-line conqueror. Riding on a heavily revised chassis and suspension, the Jaguar XE lapped the Nürburgring in a impressive 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds, so it wasn't too surprising when the Project 8 managed to post a time of 2.03.49 around Portugal's Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, besting the 2.03.88 time posted the legendary Walter Röhrl in a Cayman GT4 and blowing up the track's previous record for a sedan—a 2.10.70 by a BMW M3.