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Here we are then, the answer to a question nobody was really asking… Don’t be so cynical. Mind you, there’s a distinct irony in us driving the XE-based SV Project 8 while Jaguar is launching the I-Pace EV, just up the road from the Portimao circuit. On the other hand, you could argue that it demonstrates just how big the company’s bandwidth – and ambition – currently is. If you’ve got a problem with that, you’re in the wrong place. Fair enough. Tell me more about the P8, then. Gussied up XE, right? Wrong. Wrong with bells and whistles on, wrong turned up to 11. The Project 8 might look like a steroidal version of Jaguar’s entry-level saloon, but push chief project director Dave Pook a bit and he’ll admit it’s 80 per cent new. Having decided that the XE was a suitable candidate for the SVO treatment – aluminium structure, and let’s face it, the XE could use a bit of sun on its face – the team began work just 18 months ago. The mission was to create the ‘most capable track-focused Jaguar ever’, with the welcome by-product of galvanising the company’s youngest and hungriest engineers. P8 can do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, 200mph all-out, uses JLR’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8, makes 592bhp, 516 torques, and re-deploys the F-Type SVR’s 4WD hardware. But it’s emphatically not that car in four-door drag.