The car to beat: the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.
Not long ago we learned that Jaguar has some big plans for the 590-hp XE SV Project 8. Although it’s limited to just 300 examples, one of those will supposedly be chosen to attempt a new Nurburgring sedan lap record. To do so, it’ll need to be faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV and its 7:32 time. We don’t know yet when this supposed attempt will take place, but based on this new video taken by Automotive Mike, we think it’ll be very soon.
The video shows two XE XV Project 8s, one of which is, oddly, still covered in camouflage, despite the official reveal taking place months ago. The second car is completely uncovered and can’t be mistaken for anything other than an XE SV Project 8.
Both sound incredible, thanks to that supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood and highly upgraded exhaust system. But the fact Jaguar is still testing this model at the Nurburgring must surely mean something is up. After all, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV isn’t as powerful as the Jag and, perhaps, not as fast, so why not make something official? Time will tell. In the meantime, there’s a new player in the super sedan segment, the BMW M3 CS. Chances are BMW is also interested in conquering that same Ring record.