Jaguar F-Pace SVR unveiled
542bhp supercharged V8 for fastest-ever Jaguar SUV
Jaguar has unveiled a new high-performance version of its largest SUV – the F-Pace SVR.
Powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine with 542bhp, the car can reach 62mph from a standstill in 4.3 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 176mph. A new active exhaust – 6.6kg lighter than the standard car’s system – contributes to these performance figures, as well as emitting a fittingly aggressive noise.
Besides its ferocious engine, the F-Pace SVR also benefits from a number of handling and stability improvements. The suspension gets uprated dampers, while a comprehensive aerodynamics package includes new front and rear bumpers, lower side skirts and a rear spoiler. The vented bonnet helps improve engine cooling, while the rest of the bodywork increases downforce and improves high-speed stability.
Standard 21-inch and optional 22-inch wheels are on offer – these are lighter than those on the standard car and wider at the rear to improve handling. An active rear differential helps the F-Pace SVR put down its power, while larger brakes all round keep things safe.
The F-Pace SVR’s electronic systems have been optimised to suit the car’s sporty nature, with a selectable Dynamic mode that gives faster gearchanges, a more positive throttle response and quicker steering. The F-Pace will still cope off-road, though; ‘All Surface Progress Control and ‘Adaptive Surface Response’ systems help the SUV make the most of all available grip in rougher conditions.
Changes to the F-Pace’s interior include ‘slimline’ sports seats in the front and sculpted rear seats, both of which offer more support over those in the standard car. An SVR-branded steering wheel with aluminium paddles for gearchanges also features. Standard equipment includes Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system, which combines a 10-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel in place of traditional dials.
The F-Pace SVR will be priced from £74,835 when it arrives in the UK later this year. Jaguar is encouraging potential customers to register their interest online, with order books opening in the summer.
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