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F-Type Project 7 is the Best Jaguar You Can Buy

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And it also happens to be the most powerful production Jag ever.

A year ago, Jaguar revealed the concept Project 7 to much acclaim. Now, the production-spec has arrived, and it's the most powerful production model the brand has ever built to date. Making its live debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the F-Type Project 7 is a two-seat roadster inspired by the iconic D-Type and its seven Le Mans wins. That car is now celebrating its 60th anniversary. Jag's Special Operations team will hand-build all 250 planned units.

Power comes from the familiar 5.0-liter supercharged V8, now churning out 567 horsepower – a 20-hp increase over the F-Type R. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the same eight-speed ZF gearbox. 0-60 mph happens in a blazing 3.8 seconds and top speed is 186 mph. Jaguar claims the Project 7 has 177 percent more downforce than the standard F-Type convertible. That extra downforce can be attributed to some slick carbon fiber bodywork, including a new front splitter, rear diffuser, adjustable rear spoiler, and larger side skirts. Weight is also down compared to the regular V8 model by 176 lbs.

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Other new bits include a switchable Active Sports Exhaust system, 20-inch alloy wheels, four-point racing harness, carbon ceramic brakes, unique front suspension, and a slightly lower windshield. Those lucky enough to snag one will have their choice of five metallic colors: Ultra Blue, Italian Racing Red, British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Glacier White. Pricing hasn't been announced, with customer deliveries to begin worldwide in mid-2015.