You Can Now Get the Jaguar Project 8 Without the Big Rear Wing for Some Reason

Iconic designer Ian Callum leaves Jaguar and the first thing the company does is delete the cool spoiler on its Nurburgring record-holder. Coincidence? We think not.

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The XE SV Project 8 is currently Jaguar's most extreme vehicle. It has a massive honeycomb grille, widebody fenders, a 600-horsepower supercharged V-8, and of course, a gigantic rear wing. For some reason, though, Jaguar decided to get rid of the Project 8's most defining aero feature for a new limited edition "Touring" model. Now the car is ruined.

The XE SV Project 8 Touring is mechanically identical to the previous Project 8, which currently holds the record for quickest four-door vehicle at the Nurburgring. The only difference is the aero: the giant rear wing has been replaced with a small lip spoiler, and the front splitter has been adjusted to compensate for the lack of rear downforce.

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According to Jaguar, the Touring does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, identical to the big-wing Project 8. Top speed is a different story, though—the normal Project 8 has a top speed of 200 mph, while this new wingless version is electronically limited to 189 mph.

Jaguar says production for the Project 8 Touring is limited to just 15 vehicles. All will come in four-seat configuration—unlike the first-run Project 8, which offered an optional roll cage and rear-seat delete.

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Count us out. The big rear wing is one of the signature features that makes the Project 8 so cool. It stands out. It breaks away from the norm of sleek, understated speedy four-doors. Taking it away feels like a disservice to the car. Considering how few Jaguar is making, we're sure the Touring version will sell out instantly. But we're not exactly into it.

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