New Zealand motorsport enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to view the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8, apparently the world’s fastest production four-door sedan, which has arrived in the country.

With a starting price of $350,000, each of the 300 limited edition vehicles are hand-assembled and, have been described as the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar production car ever. 

The All-Wheel Drive 600PS 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol Project 8, which has a top speed of 320kmp/h and accelerates from 0-100kmph in just 3.4 seconds, set a new four-door production car record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany – the ‘gold’ standard for all-round high performance. Its best lap of 7 min 21.23 sec was quicker than many supercars. 

Jaguar Land Rover NZ general manager Steve Kenchington says they anticipate significant local interest from local enthusiasts.

“With a top speed of 320kmph, and a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 which can deliver maximum power of 600PS and torque of 700Nm, the Project 8 Supercar encapsulates Jaguar’s vision of the ultimate sports saloon.

“News of the vehicle’s pending arrival here has seen buyer interest from around New Zealand and the retailer roadshow is expected to give more potential customers the opportunity to experience the new model first hand,” he says.

Kenchington says the XE SV Project 8 will make its first appearance in Auckland from today before making its way around the country on a Jaguar retailer roadshow as well as Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Day in December and the Art of Performance Tour in mid-February. 

“New Zealand customers that may be interested in purchasing this limited production model should contact their local authorised retailer to register their interest,” he says.

A limited number of pre-specified Project 8s are available for prospective buyers to purchase in most markets, subject to terms and conditions. Specifications of the vehicles have been selected based on the most popular choices.

Retailer Roadshow Dates are:

Archibald & Shorter Greenlane8 – 12 November
Archibald & Shorter Northshore12 – 16 November
Bayswater European22 – 24 November
Duncan & Ebbett Hamilton26 November – 1 December
Duncan & Ebbett Tauranga6 – 10 December
Archibald & Shorter Northshore12 – 19 December
Archibald & Shorter Greenlane20 December – 2 January
Armstrong Prestige Wellington6 – 13 January
Archibalds Christchurch20 – 27 January
Armstrong Prestige Dunedin30 January – 4 February
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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