Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – basically the black ops division of Jag – has turned its attention to the marque’s XE model.

The sporty saloon has gone down the gym and toned up – to the tune of 600PS. With that much power under the hood, it is the most powerful road-going Jag ever built. That’s more power than a Bentley Conti V8 S or a Ferrari California.

A prototype version has already been put through its paces at the gruelling Nürburgring Nordschleife – the pictures of which are above – adorned with a camouflage created by SVO Design.

With the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s five-litre supercharged V8, Project 8 is the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO, following the achingly cool Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 launch three years ago. Only 300 cars will be made, each assembled at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry.

John Edwards, MD of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said: “The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar. The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.

“Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level – it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that.”

The full specs haven’t been released yet, but expect a sub four-second 0-60mph time, and a top speed knocking on the door of 190mph. For more information, see