In the process, Jaguar will do something many wish Cadillac would do: plop a V8 engine in its compact sport sedan. Jaguar announced the XE SV Project 8 will feature a 5.0-liter V8 engine and produce a whopping 592 horsepower. In comparison, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V and its twin-turbo V6 makes 464 hp.
Jag is being hush-hush about the project, though. It has simply said it will make a bunch of power and be limited to 300 cars through Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. Each XE SV Project 8 will be hand built, too, with fender flares and giant wing present and accounted for.
Some time ago, there were rumors Cadillac was toying with the idea of swapping the twin-turbo V6 engine for a small-block V8 in the ATS-V. That car was being called the “ATS-V+” but, alas, it has never seen the light of day. We hope the next ATS-V comes with some serious improvements. By that time, it could be called CT3-V, though.