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News Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is fast. Very fast.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is fast. Very fast.

This week, we’re reviewing what was once the fastest production sedan to lap the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca race track: the Cadillac CTS-V. As reminder, it is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces 640-horsepower and 630 lb.-ft. of torque.

Back in 2016, an identical car set the fastest lap time at 1:38.52. Just now, a Jaguar XE SV Project 8, driven by Professional driver and Motor Trend contributor, Randy Pobst, has set a new record of 1:37.54. In the racing world, and on a track such as Laguna Seca, nearly a second improvement is a lifetime.

The XE is hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Technical Center in Coventry. Only 300 will be built, so it will be a very exclusive car. It is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that generates 592-horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The top speed is 200 mph (320 km/h) and it will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 3.4 seconds thanks in part to its AWD configuration.

Turn up the volume, you’ll thank us.

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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