Jaguar revealed today, ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, that its ultra-hardcore XE SV Project 8 sedan has shattered the Nurburgring lap record for sedans. With a time of 7:21, it trumps the previous record holder—the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio—by 11 seconds.
In case you need reminding, the XE SV Project 8 is the latest creation to come out of Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Though it may look like a regular XE sedan, it’s totally bespoke, sharing only its front doors and roof with the “normal” XE. Carbon fiber panels, carbon-ceramic brakes, super-aggressive aerodynamics, and a 592-horsepower supercharged V8 are just a few of the features included.
The Giulia isn’t the only notable car the XE Project 8 has beaten. The Jaguar sedan’s lap time makes it faster around the Green Hell than supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Maserati MC12, and Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series. It’s worth noting that Jaguar intends to produce only 300 examples of this car, a far cry from the mass-produced vehicles like the Giulia Quadrifoglio and BMW M3. Reliability and daily-driving considerations that are front-and-center in mass-market cars are less of a concern in something as specialized as the XE SV Project 8.
All this performance begins to justify the Project 8’s exuberant $187,500 price tag. Considering the car’s ultra-limited production, we have a feeling Jaguar will sell every one it makes.