Last week, the Project 7 made its American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Jaguar has now officially started accepting bookings of the car in the US market. The car has been priced at USD 1,65,000 (Rs 1.0 crore) and deliveries are expected to commence around March 2015.
The Jaguar Project 7 is a lightened and more powerful version of the popular F-type convertible sportscar. It is powered by a tuned version of the third-generation 5.0-litre V8 engine, which churns out 567bhp and 680Nm of torque, making the Project 7 the most powerful Jaguar ever built, surpassing even the iconic supercar, the XJ220.
The Project 7 can accelerate to 100kmph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds, with the top speed being electronically limited to 298kmph. The engine sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed Quickshift gearbox.
The Project 7 will be available in five colour schemes- glacier white, ultra blue, British racing green, ultimate black and caldera red. It is one of the first models developed by Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.
Earlier this year, Jaguar had unveiled the production model of the Project 7 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and even the Indian audience got a glimpse of the car at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The Project 7 has been named in the honour of seven Jaguar victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a tribute to the classic D-Type which incidentally, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
A majority of the Jaguar cars sold in India are imported through the completely built unit (CBU) route, which means that anyone can order a Project 7. The waiting list however, might be quite extensive as the car will be produced only in limited numbers.