Jaguar F-Type SVR: Most Powerful Production Jag Ever

Jaguar F-Type SVR

It’s an excellent time to be a Jaguar Land Rover fan. The inception of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division in June 2014 in Ryton, UK—a small town near JLR’s main headquarters in Coventry, UK—means that an all-star team of JLR technicians and engineers are now allowed to focus on the sole objective of creating high value limited edition and extreme performance vehicles for both the company’s brands.

JLR SVO’s most recent project is the all-but-debuted Jaguar F-Type SVR. After cycling the gamut of the automotive rumor mill for the better part of a year, Jaguar announced last month that the F-Type SVR will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Jaguar Project 7

Jaguar had confirmed that they had been working on their first SVR-badged model as early as March 2015, but did not reveal until more recently which model specifically was to receive the makeover—although it was almost a certainty that the project in question was based on the F-Type coupe and convertible.

We now know the Jaguar F-Type SVR will powered by the same 567-hp, 5.0-liter V8 first featured in the limited-edition Jaguar F-Type Project 7—the first vehicle to come out of JLR’s SVO department. With 25-hp more than the current flagship Jaguar F-Type R, the F-Type SVR is expected to do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at 200mph.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Proponents of truly focused driver vehicle’s like the Porsche GT3 were holding out for a similarly hardcore, rear-wheel drive F-Type variant, but alas, the F-Type SVR is slated to be all-wheel drive, with 516-ft lbs. of torque first being channeled through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Although official specifications and details have not been revealed, leaked sales materials indicate that the SVR will be available as both a coupe and convertible. Aerodynamic improvements are mentioned in the brochure: the front end will receive new air inlets, an upgraded splitter and more vents for the cooling system. It appears at the back end, the SVR will receive a revised rear diffuser and a large rear spoiler which spans the width of the entire vehicle.

Other upgrades include carbon-ceramic brakes which reduce mass by 46 pounds and a new titanium exhaust system which further reduces weight by another 26 pounds. Inside the cabin, expect SVR badging and a new steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles and sport seats, finished in quilted leather.

The Jaguar F-Type SVR will go on sale this summer as a 2017 model. Official pricing will be available next month.

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