Said to have been inspired by the F-Type, the F-Pace SVR is the latest creation of JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, and apart from replacing the F-Pace S at the sharp-end of the local line-up, also serves as the first non-sports car Jaguar model to wear the performance moniker.
Aesthetically, the SVR’s visual differences consist of a model bespoke bodykit and sent vents, standard 21-inch alloy wheels with lighter, by 2.4 kg and 1.7 kg, 22-inch alloys optional, a new boot spoiler, extended wheel arches, a new bonnet with integrated vents, reshaped front bumper and a redesigned rear bumper to accommodate the quad Active Exhaust outlets that ticks the scales at 6.6 kg less than the standard unit.
Along with stiffer front and rear springs and a two-piece brake calliper design with the front discs measuring 395 mm and those at the rear 396 mm, the SVR also comes with a sports-tuned version of Jaguar’ electronic differential, as well as Torque Vectoring, a retuned Dynamic Stability Control system and tweaked electric power steering.
Inside, the changes are less than dramatic and consists of slimmer sport seats at the front with a unique lozenge pattern and embossed with the SVR logo on the headrests, a leather-wrapped SVR sports steering with aluminium gear shift paddles attached, a choice of four colours; Ebony on Ebony, Light Oyster with Ebony, Siena Tan with Ebony and Pimento Red with Ebony Black and two veneer finishes, aluminium weave carbon fibre and meshed aluminium.
Up front, the SVR foregoes the S’ 3.0-litre supercharged V6 for the familiar 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that produces 405 kW and 680 N.m of torque. Mated to the widely used ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox, the combination allows the SVR to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 283 km/h.
Confirmed to make its public debut at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna this coming weekend, the F-Pace SVR is priced from R1 499 400 and comes standard with a five year/100 000 km maintenance plan.