1. A rating of 600ps is the most we have seen for Jaguar Land Rover’s stalwart supercharged 5.0-litre V8 (the F-Type SVR has 575). Power peaks at 6500rpm and backing it up between 3500-5000rpm is 516 lb ft of torque. The extra is mostly down to better breathing, with a new titanium “variable active” exhaust system exiting through the rear diffuser. You just know this car is going to sound great.
2. It’s all-wheel drive and gets the familiar eight-speed Quickshift transmission with paddle-shift or with “pistolshift” central lever. It’s the first XE with an active electronic diff, with oil cooler.
3. It shouldn’t be afraid of serious lappery. This is the first Jag with Track Mode to tailor driveline and stability control systems and sharpen throttle and steering responses for circuit work. Brakes are a new carbon ceramic set-up, and Jaguar is claiming an industry first with silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings. Ride height, front splitter and rear wing can be manually adjusted for track use, with 122kg of downforce at 186mph.
4. It’s a two or four-seater. An optionally available Track Pack ditches the rear seats and replaces the fronts with carbon fibre racing buckets with four-point harnesses, saving 12.2kg. Trim is inside is gloss carbon fibre trim and Alcantara.
5. It looks the business. The new body (Jaguar says only the roof and front door skins are unaltered) brings new panels bearing a multitude of bulges, ducts and vents in aluminium and carbon fibre to save weight (it weighs in at 1745kg), keep all the oily bits cool and accommodate Jaguar’s biggest ever road wheels: 11x20 inches at the back, wearing 305 section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
6. And last but not least…the XE badge can be deleted as a no cost option!
Want to see the XE SV Project 8 in action? Tickets are still available for the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. For more information visit ticketing.goodwood.com!