Looking back in time we remember when SUV’s were considered slow, unpractical and kind of pointless for drivers that like to throw in some spirited driving from time to time. On the other hand, performance cars were nothing remarkable compared to the modern day equivalents. Or this Jaguar F-Pace SVR for that matter. However, they were built to carve corners and chase lap times.
Fast forward to 2018 and you can see that SUV’s are entirely different beasts. The power levels have touched upon supercar territory in certain circumstances and with focus on performance, there’s no doubt that they’re fast.
The mind boggling Jaguar F-Pace SVR is just that. Packing a well proven V8 under it’s sleek bonnet, the 5.0 liter power plant pushes out a healthy 542 hp with the addition of a supercharger.
The nifty eight-speed gearbox mounted to the back of the V8 lump helps get the F-Pace SVR to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 176 mph. That’s almost supercar territory. The SVR will be the first F-Pace rolling off the factory floor equipped with Jaguar’s Electronic Active Gearbox.
Coming to a safe halt after reaching warp speed is taken care of by the massive two-piece disks at each corner. Interestingly enough, the rear disks are a tad bit bigger that the fronts, coming in at 396 mm compared to the 395 mm fronts.
As this is a performance oriented SUV, it received some race inspired measures in the form of shedding weight and improving the handling. Connected to the newly designed lightweight forged alloy wheels, measuring either 21 or 22 inches, the F-Pace SVR features uprated adaptive suspension.
As a result, the springs are 30 percent stiffer at the front and 10 percent at the rear, while the stiffer anti-roll bar helps reduce body roll by five percent, giving you a sportier ride without sacrificing comfort.
At the rear, the F-Pace SVR announces it’s presence through the Variable Valve Active Exhaust system. The throaty exhaust also weighs 6.6 kg less than the standard unit and reduces back pressure.
Making the SVR outfit of the F-Pace even more impressive is the fact that it uses bespoke SVR software for the electronically controlled adaptive suspension, power steering, as well as driving mode selector and center and rear diffs.
Jaguar’s team decided to improve the looks for the SVR version of the F-Pace with some functional additions. At the front, the vented hood and massive vented bumper helps with cooling off the brakes and engine when you decide to put them through their paces.
Behind the sporty wheel arch extensions you’ll find a nice big vent utilizing the air flow over the curvy fenders to pull out the hot air generated by the two-piece brakes and reduce lift. The sills also received some attention in the form of extra body moldings, giving the F-Pace SVR a menacing, yet refined look.
The interior received the level of attention as the rest of the car. Swing open the doors, you’re presented with slim-line performance seats and interior in one of the four offered colors. Once you slide in to the huggy seats you’ll find a SVR-only steering wheel waiting for you to get a hold of it.
Keeping you entertained on your way home is Jaguar’s entertainment center, displayed to you via the 10″ touchscreen. Your occupants can also dive in to their own world courtesy of the cars 4G WiFi, which can be spread around eight devices.