Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Takes a 1,000-mile Trip Across Europe

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Can the most track-focused Jaguar ever built also serve as a credible grand tourer? 

Under the hood, the XE SV Project 8 gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 miles per hour sprint takes 3.3 seconds and the top-speed is 200 mph. Additionally, the XE SV Project 8 is also the fastest four-door sedan around the Nurburgring race-track in Germany, and the Laguna Seca race-track in the United States. 

Moving on, YouTuber, Harry Metcalfe, bought a Project 8 last year and he recently embarked on a 1,000-mile road-trip across Europe to explore the vehicle’s performance dynamics. Surprisingly enough, apart from exhibiting ferocious levels of acceleration and speed on the Germany’s Autobahn, the Project 8 also showcased admirable GT capabilities. “You always learn new things [about a car] when you do a trip like this … and one thing I have learned [about the Project 8] is that it is very good at munching miles,” says Metcalfe. “You’re not [sitting very] low-slung … there is just no wind noise whatsoever … [and you can do] 300 miles on a tank.” 

Harry Metcalfe Jaguar XE SV Project 8

He also praises some of Project 8’s comfort features. “Sounds ridiculous but I really like the sat-nav … [and] you’ve got an enormous boot so you’re never gonna run out of space,” he said.

However, the low ride-height can be an issue, especially in the absence of front parking sensors (Metcalfe himself scrapped the carbon-fiber front-splitter during the trip). Additionally, some drivers may not like the overtly sharp steering response and the stiff suspension characteristic during long journeys.

Harry Metcalfe Jaguar XE SV Project 8

All said and done, we definitely watching Metcalfe’s video: it’s more of a lifestyle video log rather than an outright automotive review, but still an interesting clip nonetheless. 

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