As the name implies, the Touring is intended to make daily driving that bit easier for both the driver and passenger. But on the other hand, there’s no denying customers of the limited… uhm… limited edition will garage these babies with the hope of selling the Jaguar for profit a few years later.
The engineers haven’t modified the 5.0-liter V8 with a thumpin’ great V8 for this application, cranking out 600 PS (592 horsepower) and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of torque. The suck-squeeze-bang-blow goes to all four wheels with the help of Quickshift, which is Jaguar for the 8HP automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen.
Performance? 3.3 seconds to 60 mph, 3.7 to 100 km/h, and 300 km/h (186 mph) on full song. Not bad in comparison to the German competition, let alone the Ferrari-infused Giulia Quadrifoglio from Alfa Romeo. “Touring specification extends the appeal of Project 8 to performance car enthusiasts and collectors who prefer a more discreet appearance” according to Jaguar, “without compromising its driver-focused on-road dynamics.”
To this day, the XE SV Project 8 holds the production sedan lap records at circuits including the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Laguna Seca, and Dubai Autodrome. At the Green Hell in Germany, the Jaguar lapped the track in 7 minutes 21.23 seconds back in November 2017. It should be mentioned, however, that the record-breaking car was specified with the Track Pack that deletes the rear seats.