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FIRST PICS: Jaguar's Project 7 sports car spotted in SA

2016-01-22 08:34

ONLY 250 IN THE WORLD: Jaguar South Africa has sold 5 of its exclusive Project 7 sports cars to customers, we have photographs of the first model in the country. Image: Wheels24 user Eric

Sean Parker

Cape Town - Days after Wheels24 user Johan du Preez sent us spy photographs of what looked to be a Land Rover Discovery 5 in heavy camouflage, we've received another set of photographs. 

Wheels24 user Fanie Prinsloo's sent us images* of the Jaguar's awesome Project 7 in South Africa.      

Image gallery: Jaguar Project 7

An email from Prinsloo read: "My friend Eric works in the motor industry and he sent me these pics from his work today (January. He says it is a new Jaguar race car... I see a very big wing on it, at the back it says Project 7 but this car looks like that other Jag F-Type too. Is its coming to South Africa?

"I see in your newsletter there is also a new Discovery spotted in camo? Maybe it's the same testing?"

New Project 7 in SA

In August 2015, Wheels24 reported that a series of new Jags are on the way to South Africa including the ultra-cool Project 7. The new sports car was listed in August 2015 at a price of R2.9-million each. Given the poor state of the Rand, the price may have changed.

Jaguar South Africa responded: "We can confirm that only five lucky owners will get to take home a Project 7 in South Africa, from a worldwide production of just 250.

"There’s only one vehicle currently in the country so the one your reader photographed is the first to land. We don’t have a delivery date and price to announce right now."

Most powerful Jag yet

The Project 7 is Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful production car yet. It uses a tweaked version of the F-Type R's supercharged five-litre V8 capable of 422kW/680Nm (the F-Type coupe delivers 405kW), delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed gearbox.

The V8 takes the car, weighing 1585kg, to 100km/h in 3.9sec and limited top speed is 300km/h.

Image: Wheels24 user Eric

*Images were taken by Fanie Prinsloo's colleague Eric.

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