Jaguar’s “Good to Be Bad” campaign was a randy acknowledgment of something we already knew—Brits make the best cinematic villains. Now the cats from Coventry are plotting to take on rivals Audi and BMW through Special Operations, a new division charged with releasing high-performance limited-edition vehicles. First up, a street-legal version of the F-Type Project 7. Based on the already proven F-Type coupe, the P7 (the nomenclature pays homage to Jaguar’s seven decisive wins at Le Mans) is a 575 hp V8-powered beast with styling cues borrowed from the brand’s iconic D-Type. The car’s focal point is a race-inspired fairing behind the driver’s seat, a clear indication that the P7 is tricked for the track. A collapsible fabric roof helps keep weight down to a scant 3,495 pounds, allowing the aluminum-bodied two-seater to catapult from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. It’ll be a mission to acquire one, as only 250 will be made available globally. Next up: Jaguar’s sister brand Land Rover will unleash the Range Rover Sport SVR, a racing-tuned cross with a 550 hp V8 that sounds downright villainous.
Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Engine: five-liter V8 | Horsepower: 575 / Torque: 501 ft.-lbs.
Zero to 60: 3.8 seconds | Price: $165,000