Making its world premiere at the 2018 New York Auto Show on Wednesday, the 2019MY F-Pace SVR packs the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 utilized in numerous other high-end performance models in the Jaguar-Land Rover group, including the F-Type and Range Rover Sport SVR.
The performance specs
In this application, it’s good for 542hp (550PS) and 680Nm (501.5 lb/ft) of torque. Paired to a standard all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission, it catapults the F-Pace SVR to 60mph in 4.1 sec (100km/h in 4.3 sec) and on to a top speed of 176mph (283 km/h). It also promises to sound the part as the V8 gets Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System that’s 6.6kg (14.5 lbs) lighter than the standard exhaust.
Jaguar says that’s not all, as it has performed numerous tweaks to the chassis to go with the extra power.
“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance,” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. “Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR
Among other changes are stiffer springs, lightweight forged 21- and optional 22-inch alloy wheels that are wider at the rear by 25mm compared to the front, and uprated 395mm front and 396mm rear brake discs. It also gets a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD), while Jaguar optimized the all-wheel drive, adaptive dynamics and electronic-powered steering system for the SVR.
How does it stand out from the pack?
Beyond the chunkier wheels, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team gave the performance F-Pace a host of aerodynamic enhancements, though the design remains clean. Up front, there’s a new bumper with massive air intakes, while the exclusive hood and front fenders also gain vents, as does the rear bumper. The lower body moldings are new, with other features including a unique roof spoiler and quad exhaust pipes.
Moving on to the interior, the F-PACE SVR features slimline performance front seats with ‘lozenge quilting’ that provide increased support and sport an embossed SVR logo. The rear seats mimic the sculpted design found up front. There’s also a Sport Shift Selector on the lower console and an SVR branded steering wheel with tactile aluminum paddle shifters along with a standard Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster.
That all sounds great, but what will it cost me?
It goes on sale worldwide this summer with pricing starting from $79,990 in the United States where it gets a comprehensive 5 year / 60,000 miles warranty and scheduled maintenance, and from £74,835 OTR in the U.K..
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