Jaguar is running hot right now, not only with victories in major awards, but also new models seemingly by the week. The Jaguar F-Pace SUV has taken out the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, now an ultra-hot SVR has just been announced.
Engineered by Jaguar LandRover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Jaguar F-Pace SVR has a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine producing 540 horsepower (404kW) and 680Nm of torque. The big SUV can now leap from zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds, and proceed to a top speed of 283km/h where conditions (and laws) permit.
Huge 395mm front and 396mm rear brake discs help to drag speed off rapidly. The brake discs feature an advanced two piece construction on the front and rear to reduce weight, further contributing to the SVR’s agile handling.
There’s a lot more to the F-Pace SVR than simply 44 per cent more power, its chassis has received a major rework to match its performance, with sharper steering and bespoke suspension.
The torque on-demand AWD system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology has been optimised to maximise the benefit of the EAD, while the software for the Adaptive Dynamics suspension, Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Dynamic Driving Mode are all bespoke to SVR.
Engaging Dynamic mode initiates faster, more responsive gearshifts, sharper throttle responses and increased steering response for a more engaging driving experience in all conditions.
An exclusive SVR bonnet features vents to help extract hot air from the engine bay and provide added visual excitement. Aerodynamic enhancements include larger front air intakes and side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheel arches. This reduces lift to optimise high-speed stability.
At the rear, an aero spoiler works with a new bumper that houses the four tailpipes that are part of Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System. We are promised that the latter, “provides a charismatic soundtrack” by Jaguar engineers. Can’t wait to sample it…
Revised wheelarch extensions and lower body mouldings provide added space for lightweight forged 21- (or optional 22-inch) alloy wheels. These are wider at the rear by 25 mm compared to the front.
Inside, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR has slimline front seats for enhanced lateral support. These have signature ‘lozenge’ quilting and embossed SVR logos. The SUV’s sporty character is underlined by the Sport Shift Selector. Finally, the SVR branded steering wheel features aluminium paddle shifters.
Four interior colour themes help to highlight the vehicle’s high performance personality; Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet and Jet with Light Oyster stitching.
When you’re not fanging along enjoying all that supercharged V8 performance the Jaguar can keep you connected with 4G WiFi for up to eight devices. It also has the company’s advanced Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster.
Australian pricing is to be announced shortly and Jaguar F-Pace SVR is available to order from mid-2018. Potential customer can register interest now at www.jaguar.com.au/. They can then select ‘Keep me informed’ to find out more information or click the ‘I Want One’ button to be contacted by their nearest dealer.