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Jaguar project 7

 
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1 review
Overall rating
 
8.2
Build quailty
 
7.5(1)
Reliability
 
9.5(1)
Performance
 
8.5(1)
Handling
 
8.0(1)
Safety & Security
 
8.0(1)
Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
5.0(1)
Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
9.0(1)
Servicing costs
 
9.0(1)
Availability of parts
 
7.0(1)
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
5.0(1)
Depreciation
 
9.0(1)
Feel good factor
 
9.5(1)
Did the car meet your expectations?
 
9.5(1)
Would you recommend this car?
 
10.0(1)
Jaguar Project 7: A Buying Journey
Overall rating
 
8.2
Build quailty
 
7.5
Reliability
 
9.5
Performance
 
8.5
Handling
 
8.0
Safety & Security
 
8.0
Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
5.0
Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
9.0
Servicing costs
 
9.0
Availability of parts
 
7.0
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
5.0
Depreciation
 
9.0
Feel good factor
 
9.5
Did the car meet your expectations?
 
9.5
Would you recommend this car?
 
10.0
My history with Jaguar is fairly short and was, in the beginning, quite unintentional. From setting out one Saturday morning to visit what I thought was an Aston Martin dealership, I found myself staring through the window at new Jaguars. My soon to be wife suggested we either go in or leave. We went in and thus my life with Jaguar had begun. 

The purchase was an ex-demonstration XK-R in 2012, a fabulous thing and while wonderful to drive with its thumping 5l V8 delivering 510bhp, when I saw an XK-RS pass me with it’s additional 40bhp I knew I had to change after only 7 months. I have always had this thing about ‘specials’ as you’ll see (in time) from other reviews. And that was me, for now – happy! Yes, the new F-Type R was attractive and clearly more modern and performant than the XK-RS, but was it as special? No, no it wasn’t. Not for me anyhow, so until I could be tempted to another model or another brand, I was done. 

That was until July 2013 when, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar Project 7 concept was shown to the world. As a design exercise, the concept was jaw-dropping. The lines, the styling, the stance was just something else. I wasn’t sure whether it was more art than car, more design than machine and only time would tell. There were many questions back then, not least of which was ‘would it  make it into production?’. And if it did make it, would it live up to the pedestal on which Jaguar would be placing it?  A homage to the Le Mans dominating D-Type and the Jaguar racing heritage that had seen them victorious at the Circuit de la Sarthe 7 times. Could they? Would they? Who knew? 

The year went quickly thankfully and back at Goodwood, now in July 2014, the Project 7 was confirmed as a limited run of 250 cars being built by the newly created Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). No sooner had the first production specification car been displayed when my mobile rang. ‘Mr Gibbs?’ asked the lovely person on the other end of the phone, ‘you may have seen we have launched the production version of the Project 7 at Goodwood today, errrrrm, would you perhaps like to be considered for an allocation?’. ‘Yes’ I spluttered, ‘YES, please!’

For me, there were 3 stand out attributes about the Project 7 that were retained from the concept display of 2013. First, the visual impact was there and at 250 units, it was going to be special. Very special. Second, the platform of the F-Type R on which it was based, was now highly acclaimed as a true performance vehicle. It promised to perform as well it looked. And finally, it was attainable. Yes, it was expensive for an F-Type in disguise, but it promised to be so much more than that and with a heavy application of man-math, it could be done. I was hooked.  

We should have known, I should have known, that all was not going to be plain sailing when trying to procure a new limited run vehicle from a new company that hadn’t yet established its headquarters let alone having everyone in place to support such an operation. Delays were inevitable and of course, were soon to manifest. Many customers became weary, but I remained solidly optimistic and thoroughly engaged in the buying journey. SVO did an excellent job of maintaining goodwill and enthusiasm and I was excited to receive every call. Every opportunity to visit and every chance to engage in the configuration of my new car. Of course I knew what specification I wanted. Of course I knew what colour I wanted. I’d seen it before my very eyes, in July 2013 at Goodwood 2 years earlier. 

The Project 7 was due to come into customer hands from Spring 2015 and in preparation, I moved from the XK-RS to an F-Type R in September 2014. It wasn’t long before I questioned my sanity in waiting so long to make the move but I thought the dealer was being very helpful in agreeing to take it back when the Project 7 arrived in-time for Le Mans 2015 so I agreed the temporary swap. Yeah, right – that wasn’t going to happen and with delays, it was well over a year later before I had news. Finally, in mid-December 2015, I had the call. My car would be here for Christmas! 

I was at the Jaguar dealer in Swindon the week before Christmas when the car arrived on a covered transport. Having been fortunate enough to have many very special cars, this was a peak. The excitement as it was driven off the truck totally covered in plastic wrapping, was immense. Once in the dealer, as the covering was peeled away, I didn’t know who was more excited, me or every member of staff in the dealership – no one was taking calls that afternoon! I could barely contain myself as the gorgeous Goodwood blue was revealed. As soon as all the plastic was clear, I knew this was it – a keeper! 

The car was delivered to my house on a transport the day before Christmas Eve 2015, I remember it so well. It went straight into the garage as it was to be registered on 1st January 2016. How time dragged before it was road legal, but as soon as it appeared on the DVLA website on January 2nd - it was ‘go’! 

So then, first impressions. Well, I’ll be honest, January is not the best time to take delivery of a high performance car with no proper roof, but that didn’t stop me. As soon as the sun came out, which it often does on glorious days in the winter, it was out. When properly warmed, I found the Project 7 and absolute delight and an incredible hoot. It took me perhaps 2-3months, as Spring approached, to feel properly comfortable pushing it and my goodness, it liked to be pushed. Even moving to the legal limit on challenging roads, it threatened to be a handful with 575ps or 567 glorious horses pushing the back wheels, but it wasn’t. It was a dream as confidence built, it was connected, direct, responsive and everything I had hoped for. My only minor challenge with the car in the early days, out of necessity, was the ‘Bimini’ roof. While I know the roof was a challenge for SVO and was partially responsible for its delay to market, it was far from my favourite thing. Cumbersome to fit and a destroyer of lines and visual impact when fitted, I was not and am not a fan and will only put it on when there simply is no choice. In short, it’s a fugly thing.

As we got to know each other, every time I entered the cockpit, the P7 was ready to perform, ready to deliver and ready to excite. It would always stop as well as it went with the Carbon Ceramics all round and I was grateful for the only compromise I made in specification, getting the Pirelli P-Zero’s instead of the Michelin Pilot Sports. Between January and late May, moist was something that heightened the experience on the Pirelli’s, I know the Pilot’s would not have been as much fun. As for a more fundamental weakness, here’s where I differ from most reviewers of the Project 7 who would tell you the gearbox, the ZF 8-Speed Quickshift, is simply not quite there in connecting power train to package. I’d grant you, and them, it is perhaps the weakest link in a car that makes you feel totally connected to the power you have and road underneath and ahead, but it by no means poor. In the real world, it does a fine job and it punches up and down as rapidly as most people would want and be able to handle. 

In summary then, I’m delighted to report that the Jaguar Project 7 is absolutely as expected. It is a truly special car. It’s exclusiveness matched with its performance, style and sheer madness. The noise it makes from that 5l V8 connected to the howl of the active exhausts and the rate it moves matched perfectly by the way it stops, it’s been a perfect companion for the last 4+ years. From 3 visits to LeMans, to tours across Europe and up the Route Napoléon into Switzerland, it hasn’t missed a beat. From being centre stage outside the Casino de Monte-Carlo where it eclipsed many a fine car many many times its value, it is the perfect blend of show and tell! Needless to say, I recommend!

Car reviews

Full model designation of your vehicle
Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Bought it
New
Model year
2015
Ownership period
Still owned
Miles / km driven?
12,000m
Would you buy from this manufacturer again?
Yes
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