Jaguar XE SV Project 8
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sedan was a “production intent prototype.” Call it a beta version. It’s not quite ready for prime time, but this is just about locked in as what you’ll see in showrooms. The Project 8 just set what Jaguar calls the “fastest time ever by a sedan of production-intent specification” on the legendary Nurburgring race track.
That’s a pretty big disclaimer, but this is a seriously quick sedan. It has a 592-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8, a massive rear wing and diffuser, ultra-cool hexagonal front bumper grilles, and fender flares hiding massive tires. The plan is to build 300 of the most powerful street-legal Jag ever.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS450
Mercedes-Benz is bringing back the straight-six engine in a body that’s decidedly curvy. It’s the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, in CLS450 trim. It’s a mild-hybrid four-door coupe that is all about style.
The CLS is E-Class based, but Mercedes does a lot to separate the two. Like more supportive sport seats and that swoopy styling. But it keeps the good parts, like the optional twin 12.3-inch dashboard displays. Also new this year thanks to the larger platform, the rear now seats three.
That inline six is a 3.0-liter unit that has twin turbos and 362 horsepower. The inline design makes it smoother than a V6 layout. It also has a 48-volt electrical mild-hybrid system that can add 21 horsepower and 184 lb-ft for short periods.
2019 Range Rover SVAutobiography
Range Rover is aiming directly at Bentley for the first time with the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The ultra-luxury SUV gets 46.8-inches of rear legroom with 22-way power adjustable seats. And that’s in the back. Even the calf rests are heated. There’s a cooler that holds four 20-oz bottles, power closing rear doors and power folding tables.
It also has a special grille and exterior styling, hiding a 5.0-liter, 557 horsepower supercharged V8. The top-spec Range Rover starts at a very Bentayga-like $209,000.View on One Page