‘Special’ Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Trumps Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio

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The ultimate Jaguar costs an astounding $100k more than Alfa’s speedy sedan. But it’s worth every single penny.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is undoubtedly a special car. It is the most powerful street-legal Jaguar in history, for starters, with 592 raging hp coming from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Only 300 will be made, each one lovingly hand-built at Jag’s SVO Technical Center in England. And the Project 8 has already set the record for the fastest Jaguar ever around the Nürburgring, as well as the the fastest lap for a production four-door car.

There’s just one problem, of course. The ultimate Jaguar saloon is expensive – over $180,000, if you can get one. So YouTuber Harry’s garage, armed with the ultra-limited Jag and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, was wondering – is it really worth the extra $100k+ over the Alfa? And it’s a question he seeks to answer in this interesting video.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

For starters, our host notes that there’s no comparison in terms of looks. The Jag has a “much wider track, its pumped-out body, and this much deeper splitter at the front.” The Jaguar also carries massive brakes, more aggressive tires, and more carbon body pieces. It’s hard to compare the two in terms of appearance, as the Alfa is rather mundane compared to the purpose-built Jag.

 

ALSO SEE: Meet the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, and Our Interview with Jaguar SVO

 

That impression carries over to the road as well. “It feels pretty normal. You just don’t get the impression this is a 191 mph Alpha Romeo,” our reviewer says. The Jaguar, on the other hand, is “instantly explosive,” with “sharper steering” and better feedback. “It’s a world away from the way that Alfa felt.”

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

So is it worth the extra coin? In a word, yes. The Project 8 is a special car that makes you feel special. And that’s the sort of car that you happily pay a premium for, every time.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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