Jaguar is on a roll and does not want to stop till time ends. Right from making six pieces of limited edition aluminium E-Types to offering the F-Type Coupe R this year. One of the gigs was the Project 7. A car based on the convertible F-Type which is devoid of a roof and has a D-Type-inspired, fin-like, single raised hunch on the rear deck of the car. It is finally being put into production and is work of its new Special Operations Division. The Project 7 was pushed by British media and enthusiasts by a huge margin and Jaguar has finally answered their prayers. However, it is a limited edition (a fashion these days) and only 250 units will be sold.
Previewed in concept form last year, the Project 7 is a stunner with the windshield being chopped off (7-inches down) in terms of length something like the Aventador J but not as the extreme as Lamborghini. We are just talking about the windshield concept here, obviously both cars are poles apart. The bright blue paint job seen on the Project 7 has been replaced by a more green (how British) shade. However it gets racing stripes running across the hood horizontally, the grille surrounds also have it while the number stickers on the doors are carried over. The wheels are different and the front lip spoiler is even bigger than before. The spoiler at the rear appears to have been reshaped too when compared to the original Project 7.
The F-Type V8 S is the model which the Project 7 shares with but raises the horsepower and torque by a considerable margin. The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 is good for 677 Nm of torque and produces 567 BHP of power, doing 0-100 km/hr in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 304 km/hr. The addition of carbon fibre bits like front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler help reduce its weight by 80 kgs to 1585 kgs. Thanks to all aero bits, the reworked body and aero package gives it 177% more downforce than the convertible.
Carbon ceramic brakes are standard and the F-Type Project 7 which gets an overhauled suspension setup. Revised with the addition of a rear anti-roll bar and changes to the geometry of the front suspension has been done. Spring rates and damper settings are 50% stiffer at the front, for greater agility however we expect to see the same steering rack in terms of speed. The lucky 250 owners will be shelling out Rs. 1,37,94,644/- (sans taxes) for it. Obviously they are lucky because they have that kind of money to afford a car which will be a collector’s item in the future. All we can do is sit and drool!
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