By BennettÂ Â Oghifo
The record-breaking Jaguar E-PACE is now even more comfortable. New updates for the sporty compact SUV include an Adaptive Dynamics suspension set-up, along with a cost-effective and efficient 147kW petrol engine.
Launched spectacularly with the worldâ€™s furthest barrel roll by a production car, E-PACE has already achieved strong sales in a highly competitive segment. Itâ€™s now even more appealing and affordable with a raft of new features available.
Adaptive Dynamics: For improved ride comfortÂ
Adaptive Dynamicsoffers improved handling response, body control and ride. Adaptive Dynamics uses continuously variable damper technology witha triple-tube design and externally mounted hydraulic valves. This provides greater scope to tune the balance between handling responses and body control. The intelligent set-up delivers faster responses and a dedicated off-road tune.
Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds to respond instantly to the driverâ€™s inputs and road surface changes, providing greater control and minimising body roll. Rough surfaces and off-road conditions are sensed immediately, and the damping adapts accordingly.
Drivers can select Normal and Dynamic settings for the Adaptive Dampers through the Configurable Dynamics menu in the Jaguar Drive Control system. The Normal mode focuses on comfort while the Dynamic setting is calibrated to provide increased body control and road holding, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.
Cost-effective 147kW petrol engine
E-PACE is now available with Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s clean and efficient 147kW 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine for the first time. The 147kW model completes the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.2 seconds, delivering fuel economy of 8.2 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 186 g/km.
The new engine features the same collection of advanced technologies found across the rest of the Ingenium engine family. This includes a twin scroll turbocharger, Continuously Variable Valve Lift and variable cam timing which work to enhance power and efficiency as well as drivability.Â Â The 147kW E-PACE is scheduled for launch in October and is available to order now from respective sub-Sahara Africa Jaguar Land Rover distributors.
Meanwhile, Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Assemblies will begin this month. Hand-assembly of the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar road car ever, begins in June 2018. The first examples of Project 8, a limited-edition sports sedan with genuine supercar performance, will be delivered to performance driving enthusiasts this summer.Â
The All-Wheel Drive 441kW 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol Project 8, which has a top speed of 322km/h and accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds*, set a new four-door production car record around the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife in Germany last year â€“ the â€˜goldâ€™ standard for all-round high performance. Its best lap of 7 min 21.23 sec was quicker than many supercars. It is available either as a four-seater or in lightweight two-seat Track Pack configuration, which also boosts torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version (Track Pack is a market-dependent option at extra cost).
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, says: â€œThe SV teamâ€™s aim is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability. Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise.â€
Fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused SV vehicle ever produced, Project 8 features a number of modifications to the award-winning XEâ€™s lightweight aluminium bodywork, including: carbon fibre bumper with enhanced cooling ducts, vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared wheelarches covering 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, adjustable front splitter, flat underbody, rear carbon fibre bumper with integrated diffuser, and an adjustable rear aerodynamic wing. These developments ensure that Project 8 is the lightest and most purposeful V8 sedan in the Jaguar range.
To ensure optimum performance on road or track, Project 8 enhances the XEâ€™s double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension with redesigned front uprights, two-piece upper wishbones, plus motorsport-derived ball joints and twin springs (height-adjustable for a 15mm lower ride on track). It also debuts a new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, an industry-first use of F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings on a road car and incorporates a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD) with oil cooler â€“ a first for XE.Â
To maximise traction, Project 8 utilises a re-calibrated version of Jaguarâ€™s eight-speed Quickshift All-Wheel Drive system. Capable of changing gear in just 200 milliseconds, and shifting non-sequentially, such as from 8 to 2 in extreme situations, it helps deliver outstanding precision and confidence with a strong torque-rich shift quality unique to this car.
Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director, says: â€œWith Project 8 we set out to deliver a fast, fun and engaging car that encourages you to explore its performance. The power delivery and gear shifts of Project 8 are the most visceral we have ever delivered on a Jaguar. Rest assured, no stone has been left unturned in our mission to make this the most rewarding Jaguar driverâ€™s car ever.â€
Project 8â€™s all-new Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) system features 400mm two-piece front discs withsix-piston aluminium calipers, 396mm two-piece rear discs and uses motorsport-grade Synthetic Racing Fluid (SRF). Incorporating the latest braking technology they deliver consistent pedal feel, fade resistance and longevityunder the most demanding conditions.
The Electronic Active Differential (EAD) system works with the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system to precisely manage torque delivery to each of the rear wheels. In conjunction with enhanced large diameter front and rear driveshafts, the EAD ensures optimum ability to put power and traction to the road in all situations and contributes to the exceptional lap times achievable by Project 8.
The wheel and tyre package of the Project 8 is the largest ever fitted to a production Jaguar sports sedan. Measuring 9.5 x 20-inch at the front and 11 x 20-inch at the rear, the forged aluminium alloy wheels are engineered for light weight and stiffness and are fitted with track-perfect Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres fitted as standard (the only option).
This is also the first Jaguar to feature a dedicated Track Mode as standard. In its most extreme settings, and in â€˜Trackâ€™ mode, Project 8 delivers 122kg of downforce at 300km/h â€“ 25% more than its closest rival. Track mode tailors the driveline and stability control systems for circuit use by sharpening throttle, gearbox and steering responses and tuning the dampers to their most aggressive setting.
David Pook, Project 8â€™s Vehicle Dynamics Manager, says: â€œWeâ€™ve continued to develop and hone the whole car right up to the start of production, to make it even more responsive and to handle even better. The springs are stiffer and so are the engine mounts. The suspension arm bushes have changed. The brakes have been refined for the exact pedal feel and performance we want.
â€œBut the biggest changes are to software. They are all small adjustments â€“ to improve performance, feel, responsiveness, refinement. We keep challenging ourselves to keep improving the car, and push boundaries. Itâ€™s certainly even faster, better handling and more responsive than it was six months ago. All that effort has been worth it.â€
For serious circuit use, specifying the optional Track Pack saves 12.2kg by replacing the magnesium-framed front Performance seats with lightweight front Carbon Fibre Racing Seats. Additional Four-Point Harnesses offer ultimate security, and a fire extinguisher system is fitted. The rear seats and seatbelts are removed for Track Pack specification, replaced by a Project 8-branded carpeted panel and a Harness Retention Hoop.
Project 8 is available in eight body colour choices â€“ three eye-catching standard colours: Fuji White, Narvik Black and Caldera Red, plus five enhanced SV Design options incorporating colours and finishes from the SV Premium Palette: Valencia Orange, Velocity Blue, Meribel White, Verbier Silver and Corris Grey (satin matte). Track Pack-equipped Project 8s are distinguished by a Gloss Black painted roof and Project 8 twin-stripe exterior decals.Â
Owners will also be able to personalise their car by specifying further optional colours and finishes from the SV Premium Palette range, which includes 19 colours in tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent, ChromaFlairTMand satin matte finishes. Race-inspired decal packs, accentuating Project 8â€™s high-performance attributes, are also available.
The high-performance theme continues inside, with subtle applications of Gloss Carbon Fibre trim as well as Alcantara, on the rim of the Project 8 Sports Steering Wheel, instrument binnacle and door cards. The eight-speed Quickshift transmission can either be operated by aluminium shifters behind the steering wheel or by a central shift lever â€“ another first on XE.Â
Project 8 is the second Collectorâ€™s Edition Jaguar from Special Vehicles, after the 2014 F-TYPE Project 7. Deliveries begin this summer and all Project 8s will be built in left-hand drive configuration only.
*All figures are manufacturerâ€™s estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production.