The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Reviews 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive: The 592-HP Jag Built to Conquer the 'Ring

01:45  13 june  2018
01:45  13 june  2018 Source:   motortrend.com

See Baby Driver Star Exercise A Jaguar I-Pace In New York

  See Baby Driver Star Exercise A Jaguar I-Pace In New York Ansel Elgort put the SUV through its paces in one of Jaguar's Smart Cone Challenges.The last time we saw Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort, he was getting to know all about the Porsche 918. Now, the actor is helping Jaguar promote the all-electric I-Pace crossover as it makes its U.S. debut this week at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The action isn’t what you’d call super-intense, especially compared to the driving sequences filmed with a certain red Subaru in the aforementioned film. Still, Elgort manages to put the I-Pace through its, um, paces.

That headline is a quote from David Pook that I jotted down during the first - drive event for the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in Portugal. Pook is vehicle dynamics manager at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, England.

Receive your free dealer pricing information by completing your contact information! That headline is a quote from David Pook that I jotted down during the first - drive event for the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in Portugal.

"Smallest sedan, biggest engine. Job done, right?" Not quite.

Volvo Confirms XC40 Inscription And V60 U.S. Premieres In New York

  Volvo Confirms XC40 Inscription And V60 U.S. Premieres In New York Volvo puts an emphasis on utility in the Big Apple by bringing its range-topping XC40 and latest wagon.Volvo will have a pair of North American debuts at the New York Auto Show by premiering the 2019 XC40 in range-topping Inscription trim and the 2019 V60 there.

That headline is a quote from David Pook that I jotted down through the first - drive occasion for the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Undertaking Eight in Portugal.

2019 Jaguar Project First Drive : 592 - HP Built Conquer ‘ Ring . If everyone who look our websites, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as €1, you can support Easy Branches Team it only takes a minute.

That headline is a quote from David Pook that I jotted down during the first-drive event for the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in Portugal. Pook is vehicle dynamics manager at JaguarLand Rover (JLR) Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, England. The quote sounded familiar to this American's ears. Why? The 1964 Pontiac GTO broke all the rules in GM's book and, in doing so, is widely credited as the first car of the muscle car era. Pete Estes waived a restriction that A-bodies be limited to 330-cubic-inch displacements. Instead, he approved the replacement of the Pontiac Tempest's 5.3-liter V-8 with the full-sized Catalina/Bonneville 389-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) V-8, creating the Grand Tempest, later dubbed GTO. A star was born. As Paul Harvey used to say, "And now you know the rest of the story."

550-HP 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the V-8 Variant We've Been Waiting For

  550-HP 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the V-8 Variant We've Been Waiting For Supercharged 5.0-liter brings it to 60 mph in just 4.1 secondsBehold-the inevitable Jaguar F-Pace SVR. We've expected a high-speed variant of Jag's popular SUV for a while now, something a step above the current range-topping F-Pace S and after much speculation, the new top-spec F-Pace bows at the 2018 New York auto show with a gutbusting V-8 punch.

12/06/2018 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer the ‘ Ring . 12/06/2018 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design T5 First Test: Image Reboot. 12/06/2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Prototype Review: Mission Accomplished.

Share: That headline is a quote from David Pook that I jotted down during the first - drive event for the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in Portugal. Pook is vehicle dynamics manager at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, England.

If you want to make a legend, you might have to break some rules. 

a car parked on the side of a road © Motor Trend Staff

Old Trick, New Car

Until now, the most powerful Jaguar XE, weighing about 3,900 pounds, was powered by a 380-hp supercharged V-6. So the go-fast boffins at SVO decided to apply that Tempest-to-GTO template to the lightweight, aluminum-intensive XE sedan. Start with the smallest car in the XE, XF, XJ lineup, and wedge JLR's glorious 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 from the XJR575 into the compact sedan. In the XJR575, the engine makes 567 (SAE) horsepower. In the Project 8, it's pushed to 592 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. For obvious reasons, all-wheel drive was added to the build sheet. Yet Jaguar didn't intend to build a mere British muscle car. They had a 12.9-mile, 154-turn goal and the go-ahead from those who control budgets to pursue it with a specially engineered car.

If you want to build a legend, you have to break some rules

2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: The Full-Bore Jag SUV Has Arrived

  2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: The Full-Bore Jag SUV Has Arrived 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: The Full-Bore Jag SUV Has Arrived Research the Jaguar F-Pace on MSN Autos | Find a Jaguar F-Pace near youFollow MSN Autos on Facebook and Twitter

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer the ‘ Ring . 2019 Acura RDX Gets 350 HP for Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Porsche Taycan Is New Name for Mission E. Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Recent Posts. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer

 

Target Identified

The Project 8's foremost goal was to break the 7:32 "flat" four-door sedan Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record set by the 505-hp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, our, ahem, 2018 Car of the Year. If SVO was able to do it, JLR would commit to a limited run of production XE SV cars (SVR-badged cars are series production). Eighteen months from its inception, in a "production-intent" Project 8, Belgian racing and test driver Vincent Radermecker broke the fastest-sedan record in November 2017—and not by a little. His lap of 7:21.23 was nearly 11 seconds quicker. (Note: This 27-pounds-lighter, two-seat package with rollcage, carbon-fiber front seats, and racing harnesses will not be available in North America.) For perspective, the Jag lap time neatly splits a pair from a mid-engine supercar, the Ferrari 488 GTB, our 2017 Best Driver's Car. Record in hand, the Project 8 was a go for production. I watched the two record laps and couldn't help but notice a contrast: The Jaguar driver was much more relaxed.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a parking lot © Motor Trend Staff

How'd They Do It?

2018 New York Auto Show preview: Production cars reign supreme

  2018 New York Auto Show preview: Production cars reign supreme <p>A vast majority of the cars we'll see in New York are things you'll actually be able to buy, and soon.</p><p></p>Though only a few weeks have passed since the Geneva Motor Show, we're preparing for another onslaught of new product in New York. But while Geneva mixed in a lot of concept cars with actual road-going machines, the New York Auto Show is where production cars will reign supreme.

Recent Posts. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer

Special Vehicles Operations set out to thoroughly examine and improve every dynamic part and system. In all, just 20 percent of the original sedan remains in each XE SV Project 8. The body-in-white, windshield, front doors, and dashboard are the same as those found in the standard XE. For the Project 8, the hood, a front splitter, front/rear fascia, and rocker panels are hewn from carbon fiber. The aluminum rear doors are specifically stamped to meet the bulging rear fenders, and the wheels are forged aluminum. To provide more rear bias, the center differential was retuned, and the air-to-oil-cooled rear differential is now electronic/active. SVO enlarged the diameter of the torque tube and both halfshafts to cope with the added power. The adaptive exhaust system is made of titanium. Also unique to the Project 8 are the suspension (height-adjustable with motorsport ball joints), the brakes (carbon ceramic, 15.7-inch front/15.6-inch rear), the wheel bearings (silicon nitride ceramic, like in the space shuttle's main engines), and the aero package. Aerodynamics achieve a 205 percent reduction in lift with the front splitter and rear wing in the most aggressive track mode, delivering almost 270 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. With a limited production of only 300 hand-assembled cars worldwide (on a first come, first served basis), the $188,495 asking price is easy to justify.

Five Ways to Tell You’re Driving the 2019 Subaru Forester

  Five Ways to Tell You’re Driving the 2019 Subaru Forester Hint: It may be watching you

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 First Drive : The 592 - HP Jag Built to Conquer

Benchmarks Selected

It was a shock to learn that the SVO team, based in England, had even heard of our 2014 Best Driver's Car winner, much less driven the fire-breathing 7.0-liter 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, but they had. Indeed, they benchmarked it for its ability to be driven hard and confidently from the first corner to the last, and twice on Sunday. It was as if they copied and pasted right from our BDC story when we wrote, "With the first turn of the wheel, you become confident in the Z/28. With the second, you're ready to set a hot lap. There is no learning curve." The SVO team even considered the Z/28's square tire fitment, with identical 305/30R19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires at all four corners. As SVO agreed, the problem with using tires that wide and aggressive on the front is that, on regular roads, they can affect the steering feel and stability, often nibbling on minute irregularities or tramlining on what appears to be an otherwise smooth surface. Instead, the Project 8 is fitted with 265/35R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 front tires and 305/30R20 rear tires. And although the Z/28's Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers work great pounding pavement into submission, they're hard to live with every day. Instead, the Project 8 sports multimode Continuously Variable Dampers (CVD) with racy twin-coil springs (regular coils plus helper springs). Steering benchmark? The SVO team selected another industry great: the Porsche 911 GT3. However, the Porsche is a 3,250-pound featherweight (compared to the Jaguar's estimated 3,950 pounds), plus the Porsche's engine is in the rear, so its front tires carry just 39 percent of that weight. As such, it would appear that emulating its steering would be an unachievable goal [strokes chin].

All Change: Are America's Automakers Ready? - The Big Picture

  All Change: Are America's Automakers Ready? - The Big Picture The future felt real at the 2018 Geneva auto showWe used to call them the Big Three because, well, they were the three biggest automakers in the world. For much of the 20th century, GM, Ford, and Chrysler each made more cars—and more money—than anyone else in the auto biz. They made Detroit the automotive capital of the world by the 1920s and one of the wealthiest cities in America by the 1950s. Back then, the masters of the universe cruised Woodward Avenue, not Wall Street.

Jaguar describes the XE SV Project 8 as the "most powerful, agile and extreme" road-going Jaguar ever. Built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles, the four-door sedan is the first Jaguar to prioritize lap times over road manners, and follows the 2014

New Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Packs 592 Horsepower. Shop the drive . Tools to help you design, research and find the right car for you.

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 5 © Motor Trend Staff 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 5

Porti-WOW!

There's a 2.9-mile race track in Portugal called Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, but most people simply call it Portimão, after the town where it resides. It's a tricky 15-turn roller coaster with blind crests, fast sweepers, a tight hairpin, and a 1-kilometer (0.62-mile) straight. Formula 1 teams use it for testing, and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) races here. Jaguar chose to showcase its record-breaking sedan here because it's such a thorough workout for a car. After two laps as a passenger with Pook (a very skilled driver, I will add) at the wheel, my laps began first thing in the morning. Nothing like jumping right in the deep end with the boss.

We swapped seats, and I drove off. Pook made it look easy, and do you know what? Like its Z/28 benchmark, it was easy to get in and just cane it. I now understand why the 'Ring driver was so cool. One of the first things I noticed was how linear the throttle was. Unlike turbocharged engines that tend to have unpredictable pedal input to engine output relations, the supercharged V-8 in the Project 8 gives it to you in precise increments: 4 inches of pedal travel is literally four times more power and torque than 1 inch. It's very easy to get what you want when you want it. The first time I went for the brake pedal, I expected a carbon-ceramic brick. Instead, the brakes were supple and easy to modulate, with immense stopping power and not a hint of ABS. It was about the best brake pedal feel-to-effectiveness I've sampled.

a car parked on the side of a road © Motor Trend Staff

When the first corner arrived, I cranked the wheel. It was light and buttery smooth, and the front tires bit and went. I wasn't pushing yet, so I went into the next corner with more vigor and got the same obedience and effortless precision. Again and again, no matter the corner, it was always the same. Curbs? Meh. Double-apex right-hander? Got it. The Project 8 felt like—I can't believe I'm writing this—a Porsche GT3 RS (with some luggage in the frunk). It's hard to believe, but with the countless hours of EPS tuning, dialing the center and active rear differentials, and the racy suspension, Jaguar nailed it. There's no muddy sense of all-wheel drive, no binding, and no push. You'd swear it was rear drive by the way it turns in, settles flat as a morning lake, and then erupts like a volcano.

On Two Wheels in a Jaguar F-Pace

  On Two Wheels in a Jaguar F-Pace Riding shotgun with stunt driver Terry GrantKNYSNA, South Africa — Every good festival needs a good sideshow. For the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, those duties fell on the shoulders of British stunt driver Terry Grant.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Photo 4. 2 of 13 Project 8 features manually adjustable ride height, aerodynamics and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics settings for circuit use. 592 - hp Jaguar XE SV Project 8 : Meet Jag 's monster sports sedan. Following the Project 7, Project 8 aims for lap times.

Corner exits are truly a thing of beauty. With power going mostly to the rear wheels, the only time I could sense the front wheels clawing for traction was when I throttled an exit. Just as the Project 8 begins with what should be a lurid slide, it steps out slightly at the back then simply rockets away. "Huh, it must've sent some power to the front," I thought. "Or maybe I'm just a hero. Yeah, that must be it." It's the kind of car that shrugs off everything and prods, dares, and begs you, "Go faster next time! Do you even drive, bro?"

In the fast sweeping corners, it was really hard to separate the suspension and tires' prodigious mechanical grip from aero/downforce, but the car hangs on with the urgency and calm of a rock climber.

On to that half-mile-plus straight: The eight-speed's upshifts are dispatched in 200 milliseconds with a shove to the back and a satisfying snort from the exhaust pipes each time. The epic roar of the big Jag V-8, now a hallmark for the brand, was even more present in the Project 8. On the first lap, I didn't dare look. Finally I did: I hit 160 mph before my eyes shot back to the downhill braking zone and I went to the trusty brake pedal. "Aw, I could've gone deeper," I said to myself. The car is stable at speed, under maximum braking, into corners, and out. This is race car-level control and dynamics.

A Road Drive, Too?

a person riding on the back of a car going down the road © Motor Trend Staff

Not long after I'd reprogrammed my brain for what a road car—a specifically purpose-built one—could do on a racetrack, our SVO hosts introduced me to the man the other gathered journalists fondly called Scottish Rob, which sounds like something from a Monty Python skit. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink. Rob also works at SVO and was to lead me on a drive through the surrounding area. He drove a Range Rover Sport SVR, and I was in a four-seat Project 8 with the suspension 15mm higher in the street setting. What nobody told me is that Scottish Rob drives as if it's a special stage in a WRC race. Ptooey! He was off like a shot from the moment we left the parking lot. I frantically looked down for the drive-mode button: "Dynamic, DynaMIC, DYNAMIC!" Rob's route—well, Portugal in general—reminded me very much of the California roads we drive for car evaluations, surrounded by rolling hills with dry grass and oak trees dotting the landscape. "Yeah, I got this," I thought, but it was as if Rob was trying to lose me. I wasn't about to let that happen, and it didn't. But here's the thing: I've driven a Camaro Z/28 on roads like those, and although that car is capable and exhilarating, it's also violent and mentally exhausting. The Project 8 is neither of those things. I really put the spurs to it, sticking to Rob's bumper, but the Project 8 was happy to do it. It was a pussycat in comparison to a Z/28. That same confident, agreeable nature I had experienced on the track translated to the street, as well. Damn, these SVO guys are good. You can break a record at the Nürburgring and drive the same car home in comfort.

Should You Buy One?

Yes, and you'd better do so before they're all spoken for. Besides, it'll give you instant bragging rights. With near-certain collectible status, this car is next-level stuff. You can't compare it to a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, or Cadillac CTS-V. Not even close. I know it's all relative, but I've driven thousands of cars in more than 20 years of doing this sort of thing. Now, a week after I drove the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, I'm struggling to find a fair comparison to it. A BMW M4 GTS? Subjectively, it's better than that; objectively, it's slower, too. Had it "just" been a Nürburgring special that couldn't be driven on public roads, I'd have said so. But it's not. It's a true, everyday four-door supercar. Name me another. I'll wait.

an orange car parked on the side of a road © Motor Trend Staff

On Two Wheels in a Jaguar F-Pace .
Riding shotgun with stunt driver Terry GrantKNYSNA, South Africa — Every good festival needs a good sideshow. For the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, those duties fell on the shoulders of British stunt driver Terry Grant.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/autos/reviews/-154572-2019-jaguar-xe-sv-project-8-first-drive-the-592-hp-jag-built-to-conquer-the-ring/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!