Jaguar will launch a £110,000, 575hp F-Type SVR at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that will hit 200mph and dash from 0-62mph in a Porsche-like 3.7 seconds.
The hardcore new F-Type will sit above the existing F-Type R in the range, becoming the fastest F-Type yet – and also the first Jaguar SVR from the fledgling JLR Special Operations division.
It’s Jaguar’s alternative to the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Available as a £110,000 F-Type Coupe and £115,485 Convertible, ordering for the new SVR is open now, with deliveries beginning in the summer.
So how hot is the F-Type SVR?
This is a fast Jag, alright. The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has calibration from the F-Type Project 7, hungrily drawing in extra air from the front bumper’s bigger air intakes for the redesigned charge air coolers and bonnet vents. Result: 575hp at 6,500rpm and 516lb-ft between 3,500-5,000rpm.
Good job it’s all-wheel drive, then: enhancing the F-Type R AWD’s drivetrain (and eight-speed auto) sees Jaguar claim all-weather abilities for it. Certainly it would be ambitious to channel that much torque through the rear two wheels alone, no matter how chunky the 10mm-wider 305/30-section 20-inch Pirelli P Zeros.
Gallery: Jaguar F-Type SVR
There’s a wonderful-sounding titanium exhaust that reduces backpressure, withstands higher temperatures and saves 16kg. Jaguar’s promising a ‘harder-edged’, more purposeful noise from it, particularly when the active valves are opened: this happens lower down in the rev range than the R.
Oh, and while it’s hardly green, it’s no less inefficient than the R: 25mpg, 269g/km CO2.
What’s Jaguar done to the chassis?
The extra power is nice and all that, but it doesn’t really make this a stand-out SVR. Cue the chassis changes Jaguar’s made, which it says take the F-Type “to the next level and deliver ultimate chassis agility, precision, control and response”.
It’s already 25kg lighter, or 50kg if you add on the carbon roof and titanium exhaust – and the extra downforce from the deployable rear wing is useful: more on that in a bit.
The chassis changes sound like they’ve done most to make this an SVR, though. There’s a thicker rear anti-roll bar, revised valving within the adaptive dampers and recalibrated Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics software.
There’s also an all-new rear knuckle made from aluminium, that’s 37% stiffer in camber and 41% stiffer in toe. This means a more connected steering feel, says Jag, as the tyre’s contact patch is controlled better.
The front anti-roll bar’s thickness has actually been reduced slightly. Sounds converse? Sounds to us like Jaguar’s keen to retune the handling balance of the SVR compared to the R, making it sharper and less prone to understeer. We shall see.
Naturally, the brakes are big, although no bigger than normal – 380mm front discs or, with the optional Jaguar Carbon Ceramic Matrix anchors, 398mm with six-pot calipers.
What does it look like?
The obvious addition for the F-Type SVR is a deployable rear wing that replaces the discreet pop-up one of standard cars – which is more aerodynamically efficient than the regular one both when down and up.
It goes up when the Coupe’s doing 70mph and the Convertible’s doing 60mph (the drop-top needs more assistance here); it also instantly pops up whenever the driver selects Dynamic mode. What does it do? Reduces drag by 2.5% and reduces lift by 15% compared to the F-Type R.
It’s actually even better when it’s down – 7.5% less drag and 45% less lift. Made from cabon fibre, it can be complemented by a carbon roof, plus carbon for the front chin, bonnet louvres and door mirrors.
Other changes? An extended front bumper that covers as much of the front wheels as possible; new bonnet vent louvres; wheelarch apertures; underfloor tray below the rear suspension; and a new rear venturi that’s SVR-bespoke: the titanium exhaust’s twin rear silencers instead of the R’s single silencer freed up space to slot it in between them.
What’s Jaguar done inside?
We’re used to Jaguar not doing all that much to the interiors of its ultra-hot cars, which is a pity. It seems a similar story here.
There are some lovely-looking SVR Performance seats, finished in quilted black leather, that’s matched by a steering wheel that has black painted outers. Anodised aluminium shift paddles are bigger than the flippers in regular F-Type too.
We like the suedecloth addition for the dials and centre console but, unless buyers take to the options list, don’t see much else different here.
Jaguar should look to Porsche for tips on how to make ‘GT3’ type cars more custom-built.
So how will it position the F-Type SVR?
“Our objective,” says JLR SVO MD John Edwards, “was to take everything that our customers love about F-TYPE – the performance, the handling, the sound, the design – and take it to a whole new level.
“This is what the new F-TYPE SVR delivers: it’s a 200mph all-weather supercar.
“With 575PS, less weight, an uprated chassis and bespoke calibrations for the transmission and all-wheel drive system, performance is even more accessible and exploitable.
“This is a car that SVO has developed for true enthusiasts but it’s one that can be enjoyed every day.”
We’ll find out in a few months what the dynamic reality is: in the meantime, look forward to seeing more of the Jaguar F-Type SVR at the Geneva Motor Show next month.