Now we know what that mysterious Jaguar sedan was that spy photographers caught last month circling Germany's Nurburgring. It's the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a supersedan coming next year and powered by a 600-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8.
Jaguar officials say it will be the "most powerful, agile and extreme" vehicle the brand has ever sold. Just 300 are to be built for all global markets. The hand-built XE SV Project 8 is the second vehicle to come from Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations. The vehicle will be built in Coventry, England, at Jaguar's SVO Technical Center.
"The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar," John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover SVO, said in a statement. "The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and [is] committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable."
There's no word yet on pricing, 0-to-60 mph times or availability of the cars in the U.S.
But Jaguar is hinting that the car will carry a hefty premium.
"It is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors," Edwards said. "The price for such an extreme performance car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that."
More details are to be released June 28 before the car's debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
The XE SV Project 8's natural competitors will be the Cadillac ATS-V, the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS63 S Coupe, which is actually a 4-door, and the Audi RS7.