Talk about letting the rabid cat, I mean, Jaguar out of the bag. The British brand that rocked my tangerine socks off last December with the supercharged XF sedan has revealed more details on the stunning F-Type SVR. Suddenly, I have the feeling that Viagra isn’t the only cure for erectile dysfunction anymore.
Designed to capitalize on the lightweight aluminum sports car’s existing potential, this flagship model will supposedly retain what Jaguar calls “inherent tractability and day-to-day usability” while moving to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds. Taking the extremely capable F-Type and turning it up to eleven, the Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division was able to develop a car that was lighter, quicker, and more powerful than any other series production road car ever crafted by the automaker. Fancy hitting 200 miles per hour while reclining in a cabin that is swankier than one of Donald Trump’s personal vestibules? Opt for the coupe version and relish in the glory of being the newest member of one of the most elite car clubs in the world.
Already widely respected in the sports car game, Jaguar’s forthcoming serving of refined insanity is what happens when a solid performance machine gets re-evaluated, re-engineered, and then fine-tuned by SVO. Slated for an introduction to the 2017 model year lineup, the SVR version has seen some pretty wild overhauls, with a lot of the upgrades via the aerodynamic and weight-saving departments.
Exterior design options have been improved also. If the active carbon fiber rear spoiler doesn’t do it for you, the carbon fiber roof panel, front chin spoiler, hood louvers, side vents, rear venturi blade, door mirror caps, and roll hoops on the convertible model might just cut the mustard. Adding to the liposuction is an Inconel titanium exhaust system that comes standard while reducing backpressure and eliminating around 35 pounds of flab.
Continuously-variable dampers have been re-valved for different compression and rebound rates, and the software that runs Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system has been recalibrated for better performance. This means that both comfort and control have been upped exponentially, something that sounds impossible considering how good the “lesser models” are on the road and track.
But the car’s coilover suspension isn’t the only thing getting some reconstructive surgery. The SVR’s rear knuckle is also all-new, and is now made out of a lightweight aluminum die casting, which enables a 37% increase in camber rigidity and a 41% increase in toe stiffness. For those of you who are unaware of what this means, just relax in knowing that these upgrades to the SVR offers greater control over the tire contact patch and more connected steering responsiveness.
But the SVR has been building some muscle mass as well. Oversized air ducts housed within the front bumper now work in tandem with larger air charge intake coolers and a series of redesigned hood vents, all of which allows for better cooling system performance and powertrain efficiency gains.
That next-gen Inconel titanium exhaust system also frees up some hidden ponies, as it utilizes dual individual rear silencers instead of a single transverse canister, which also allows the “venturi” part of the rear undertray to remain neatly tucked between them. Naturally, we have yet to hear this puppy in person, but judging by what we experienced in the other versions of the F-Type, this evildoer is sure to make for one hell of an audio track this year.
For all you tech-spec junkies out there, here’s the laundry list of upgrades you can find on the F-Type SVR. Just know that before you get too hung-up on the details, that while there are more powerful and extreme-looking cars out there, the F-Type is an absolute joy to drive, and its interior is one of the nicest you’ll ever encounter.
- Acceleration from zero-60 takes just 3.5 seconds
- With a top speed of 200 miles per hour in the Coupe, the F-Type SVR is the fastest series production vehicle to be produced by Jaguar.
- Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 develops 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque
- Optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system delivers exceptional fade resistance and a 46-pound reduction in unsprung mass,
- Whole vehicle weight saving of 55 pounds compared to the 2017 F-Type R, and up to 110 pounds with options including the CCM brake system, carbon fiber roof panel, and carbon fiber pack
- Calibrations for the “Quickshift” transmission and the Electric Power-Assisted Steering, Adaptive Dynamics, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, and All-Wheel Drive systems
- Upgraded chassis improvements include redesigned dampers and anti-roll bars, wider tires, lightweight 20-inch forged wheels, and stiffer rear knuckles
- Unique SVR seats with Lozenge Quilt pattern, suede cloth-covered instrument binnacle and center console, SVR steering wheel, and anodized aluminum paddle shifters
- The SVR will make its global auto show debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1
- It’s the first Jaguar to wear the SVR badge
- Deliveries will begin this summer
- Prices start at $125,950 for the Coupe, and $128,800 for the Convertible