Just when you thought the F-Type R AWD was the ultimate performance Jaguar, the Coventry-based manufacturer’s books are now open for orders for an SVR version, which will produce 423 kW and 700 Nm from its supercharged 5.0-litre engine.
Claimed to be capable of achieving a 0-100 kph sprint time of 3.7 seconds and a 322-kph top speed, the F-Type SVR – developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations – was conceived “to be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful (than its F-Type siblings) while remaining useable day-to-day”.
From the outside, the SVR can be distinguished from the R models by its new bumper (with larger intakes), a front splitter and ventilated bonnet. At the back, there is an active carbon-fibre wing that automatically rises and falls (depending on road speed) and a bespoke rear venturi that reduces lift and drag.
The interior remains much the same as that of the F-Type R, apart from the Lozenge Quilt-pattern seat upholstery, a suede-trimmed instrument binnacle and centre console, an SVR steering wheel, as well as anodised aluminium paddle shifters.
The most notable changes appear beneath the Jaguar's sheet metal, however. Apart from the increased power and torque outputs, new dampers and anti-roll bars, lightweight 20-inch forged wheels with wider tyres and stiffer rear knuckles have been fitted. What's more, the 8-speed transmission and electric power-assisted steering, adaptive dynamics, torque vectoring, dynamic stability control and all-wheel drive systems have model-specific calibrations.
Significantly, the F-Type SVR is 25 kg lighter than the F-Type R AWD model – 16 kg of that saving can be attributed to the titanium and Inconel exhaust system that delivers an even more purposeful, harder-edged sound. Jaguar claims the F-Type SVR can be up to 50 kg lighter than is sibling if buyers specify the optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system, carbon fibre roof panel, as well as a carbon fibre trim package.
It's expected that the first F-Type SVR will be delivered to a South African customer in August 2016. According to Jaguar South Africa, the F-Type SVR will be offered only in coupe form and, upon arrival, it is expected to cost R2 134 100.
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