Reported by Matthew Thomas
The Jaguar F-Type SVR is the first car Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations Unit have got their hands on. Their only previous venture into production models is the insanely fast Range Rover Sport SVR. The F-Type R was certainly no tame pussycat beforehand so how does this revamped model stack up?
Well the F-Type SVR takes a lot of inspiration from the project 7 car from 2014 and it will be the first Jaguar since the XJ220 of the 1990’s to break the 200mph barrier. The coupe version has had its 5.0litre V8 engine beefed up to produce 567 horse power. However it’s been clever weight-saving measures that have resulted in the biggest performance increases. The new titanium exhaust system, carbon ceramic breaks and new lighter wheels have saved a whopping 59Kg combined. The improved rear wing design has massively reduced lift, claim Jaguar, keeping all this extra power pinned to the road.
It’s designed to be an everyday sports car you really can live with. It puts the F-type SVR in direct competition with car’s like the Porsche 911 and it will be interesting to see how it matches up both in terms of how well it drives but also how easy it is to cope with on a day-to-day basis.
The original F type is one of the most beautiful cars you can currently buy today. It takes many of its lines from the much-loved Jaguar E-Type. Certainly the overhaul here has made the car much sharper and more aggressive looking which may not be to everyone’s taste. But these changes are necessary to the aerodynamics of the car with all that power to contain. It’s a step towards a serious track day car, with a sophisticated rear diffuser, new spoiler and engine air intakes really means the body kit has given the car a very much tougher look but it hasn’t lost any of the F-Type’s elegance and style.
It will be very interesting to see how this stripped down, stiffer, more powerful F-Type will handle. It promises to be an absolute thrill. Jag also plan to release a convertible version of the SVR so customers can really appreciate the sound of the new exhaust system and we certainly can’t wait to get our hands on it at The Insider UAE when it comes to the Middle East.