Land Rover ‘Project’ special models could take inspiration from the performance oriented Jaguar Project 7 and upcoming Project 8
In an exciting report for performance enthusiasts, Land Rover has also been said to get the exclusive models from the Project range of Jaguar. Revealed by the boss of SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division, John Edwards, the Land Rover-based SVO versions will follow the same lines as the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – the most outrageous Jag ever according to the brand.
A few months ago, SVO unveiled the Discovery Rescue SUV at the Geneva Motor Show under Project Hero for Red Cross search and rescue missions by deploying drones. However, the new SVO-built Land Rover will likely focus primarily on performance and sportiness. At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed event, the XE SV Project 8 with almost 600 hp will come to the fore.
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With influences from the Project 7, built on the F-Type sports car, its successor has the potential to overshadow the XJ220 – once a fastest car in the world. The Project 8 is limited to just 300 units and it will be followed by this unique Land Rover crafted by the performance arm. Edwards confirmed that all Project cars do not have to be performance based as SVO targets wider band of audience and all Jaguars.
When asked by AutoExpress about the possibilities of special edition Land Rover Project models and its ideas, Edwards did not deny the thought process from his engineers. SVO has created some influential Jags and Land Rovers in recent times as the Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR developing close to 600 horsepower have gained appreciation.
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Also said to be in the horizon is the extreme SVX and the Project Hero could play a big part in the concept behind the special versions from Land Rover. They might get cosmetic enhancements and powertrain upgrades with improved aerodynamics to differentiate from the standard Land Rover models.