200mph Jaguar F-Type SVR now on sale

Fastest Jaguar F-Type gets SVR treatment, including 567bhp, four-wheel drive and 200mph top speed

The Jaguar F-Type SVR is on sale now and starts at £110,000, a premium of £20,000 over the four-wheel drive F-Type V8 R. Buyers who want a convertible version will need to set aside £115,485.

Available in either coupe or convertible body styles, the newest F-Type is Jaguar’s first SVR-badged model, following the Range Rover SVR seen last year.

The Jaguar F-Type SVR made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The car can reach 200mph, the first Jaguar to do so since the XJ220 of the early nineties, a now legendary supercar.

Jaguar F-Type SVR engine and performance

The new F-Type SVR has been developed by the Special Vehicle Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover, and uses the 5.0-litre V8 engine that also features in the F-Type V8 R. For use in the SVR, engine power has been increased to 567bhp – an increase of 25bhp – with traction generated by by a four-wheel-drive system. The eight-speed automatic gearbox is shared with the rest of the F-Type range.

The SVR can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, with the car capable of a top speed of 200mph. Performance is enhanced by improved aerodynamics and a titanium sports exhaust, while stopping ability is impressive thanks to ceramic brakes behind lightweight alloy wheels.

Design

The F-Type SVR features styling changes over the standard car, most noticeably at the front where a front splitter can extend to increase downforce and grip at high speeds or retract to reduce drag, helping the car to achieve its 200mph top speed.

Only the coupe model can manage 200mph, though – convertible F-Type SVR buyers will have to make do with a top speed of 194mph. Both models feature larger air intakes to allow more cooling air to flow towards the engine and carbon-ceramic brakes.

Interior

The SVR gets a new suede-rimmed steering wheel and larger aluminium gearshift paddles for easier shifts. Electrically adjustable SVR Performance seats are upholstered in quilted leather and have headrests embossed with the SVR logo. As well as the tan colour shown in our image of the interior, jet black and red are also available. The instrument cluster and centre console are clad in suede to match the steering wheel.

The latest InControl infotainment system features in the F-Type SVR. It’s controlled by an eight-inch touchscreen and is available as the ‘Touch’, with a 380W stereo, or ‘Touch Plus’, with a 770W stereo. Apple Watch users can lock and unlock the car, check fluid levels such as fuel and coolant, start the engine and control the air-conditioning from their wrist via the InControl iOS smartphone app.

Chassis, suspension and brakes

Jaguar has insisted that the SVR will be a significantly lighter car than the regular F-Type, partly thanks to the carbon-ceramic brakes which save 25kg over the standard ones. A further 16kg is saved by the titanium exhaust, which also contributes to the car’s unique sound. Further weight-saving is possible if you go for the coupe’s optional carbon fibre roof.

Stiffer suspension and wider tyres combined with the weight reduction translates to increased responsiveness and grip.

Price and release date

The coupe version of the F-Type SVR costs £110,000, with the SVR Convertible starting at £115,485.

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