This article was originally published November 28th, 2017 at 11:00PM EST. Jaguar has since released video that you can find at the bottom of this post.
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 , , and . 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.