Jaguar has unleashed the fastest and most powerful version yet of its F-Pace sports utility vehicle – with a top speed of 176mph.
The Jaguar F Pace SVR is the new extreme performance variant of the executive 4X4 model which has become the fastest-selling Jaguar ever since its debut in September 2015.
Sprinting from rest to 60mph in just 4.1 seconds its enhanced 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine produces 542bhp – the equivalent of more than five Ford Fiestas strapped together.
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Unveiled at the New York International Motor Show, the British-built Jaguar F-Pace SVR is priced from £74,835 on the road and is available to order from this Summer.
Engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) at Ryton near Coventry, it not only boasts a 44 per cent increase in power but also features an enhanced chassis and aerodynamics for what Jaguar promises is ‘maximum driver reward in all conditions’.
JLR’s chief Engineer for vehicle integrity Mike Cross said: ‘The F-Pace SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance.
‘Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names.’
Aerodynamic enhancements include larger air intakes at the front, and side vents that lower pressure in the wheel-arches to reduce lift, provide additional cooling, while also optimising high-speed stability.
Wheel arch extensions and lower body mouldings provide a low-slung muscularity.
Up front, the specially styled bonnet has vents which help extract hot air from the engine bay while also making it look more dynamic.
Viewed from the back, the Jaguar SUV has a unique spoiler plus a new bumper housing the quad tailpipes of the feisty 4X4s specially tuned active exhaust system. The bumper also incorporates side strakes that boost aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the back of the vehicle.
Unveiled at the New York International Motor Show, the British-built Jaguar F-Pace SVR will cost from £74,835
Sprinting from rest to 60mph in just 4.1 seconds its enhanced 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine produces 542bhp
Engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) at Ryton near Coventry, it not only boasts a 44% increase in power over the conventional F-Pace
The enhanced chassis consists of stiffer suspension springs and an anti-roll bar that should, in theory, reduce body roll in corners – one of the biggest issues with high-performance SUVs – by five per cent over the conventional F-Pace.
The SVR’s new lightweight forged 21- inch standard and 22-inch optional alloy wheels are 25mm wider at the rear and should make the SUV more competent in turns.
Drivers can enjoy a growling charismatic soundtrack from the SVR’s variable valve active exhaust system which allows increased gas flow. The exhaust system itself is also 6.6kg lighter than what you’d find on the standard model – just one instance of Jaguar shaving weight where it can.
A host of advanced electronic and physical driving and handling improvements aim to boost driver enjoyment, says Jaguar: ‘Engaging ‘Dynamic’ mode initiates faster, more responsive gearshifts, sharper throttle responses and increased steering response for a more engaging driving experience in all conditions.’
Up front, the specially styled bonnet has vents which help extract hot air from the engine bay while also making it look more dynamic
The enhanced chassis has stiffer suspension springs and an anti-roll bar that should, in theory, reduce body roll in corners – one of the biggest issues with high-performance SUVs
Viewed from the back, the Jaguar SUV has a unique spoiler plus a new bumper housing the quad tailpipes of the feisty 4X4s specially tuned active exhaust system
Advanced technologies to boost performance on all surfaces in all weathers include all-wheel drive with intelligent driveline dynamics, all surface progress control and adaptive surface response.
But Jaguar said: ’For all its performance, the SVR retains the practicality and versatility inherent to the PACE family’.
The interior of the most rapid of F-Pace variants features slim-line performance front seats with lozenge quilting and and embossed SVR logo that promise improved comfort. The rear seats echo the heavily sculpted designs up front.
Despite the significant boost in performance, it should still be practical, with a 650-litre boot
Inside, you can tell it apart from the normal F-Pace by the Sport Shift Selector, which replaces the standard rotary selector, and a special SVR steering wheel
With a top speed of 176mph, the F-Pace SVR is a family-friendly 4×4 that can out run plenty of two-seat coupe and convertible sports cars
Telling it apart from the normal F-Pace is the Sport Shift Selector, which replaces the standard rotary selector, and a special SVR steering wheel.
Despite the significant boost in performance, it should still be practical.
The 650-litre load-space with the rear seats up is unaffected by the advances in ferocity and it comes with all the mod cons, such as 4G WiFi for up to eight devices and an advanced Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch hi-definition HD instrument cluster.
THE F-PACE IS JAGUAR’S FASTEST-SELLING CAR EVER
Jaguar sold 76,350 F-Pace models last year – more than all the Jaguars sold in total in 2011 (50,678). It accounted for 42 per cent of the British manufacturer’s sales globally in 2017.
It has proved the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, with more than 132,000 sold globally (up until March) – and the fastest ever to accelerate to the 100,000 mark.
The F-Pace was named 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year – the first time Jaguar has collected the top award and only the second brand to collect both awards in the same year.
The standard F-PACE is built at JLR’s Solihull factory near Birmingham in which the firm has invested £127m to build the vehicle as part of a total £2bn investment in the plant.
Some £5bn of UK supplier contracts were awarded to support production of the Jaguar F-Pace.
The F-Pace is one of six vehicle lines at Solihull where 700 suppliers deliver over 13.5 million parts a day – or 3.1bn parts a year.
The business has invested over £2bn in the Solihull site over the last five years, including building Europe’s largest capacity automotive aluminium bodyshop facility and state-of-the-art final assembly hall to support F-Pace and XE production which created 1,700 jobs.
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