Jaguar stuffs a V8 into new F-Pace SVR

Posted on Mar 28, 2018 by

The F-Pace SVR is the British brand’s new flagship gunning for the Germans with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine worth 550 horsepower…

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At the F-Pace global launch in Montenegro two years ago when we first asked Jaguar’s engineers about possibly stuffing a V8 in there, they just allowed a few naughty smiles.

But now that the British company is selling 70,000 F-Paces a year, Jaguar can afford to have some fun with a niche  SUV.

Which is where Coventry’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) comes in as the brand’s performance arm – they’ve developed the new SVR, which means they have indeed managed to cram in a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine developing 550 horsepower and 680nm of torque.

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As you can imagine that’s quite a jump from the next F-Pace down the ladder, which has up to now topped the range with a 380-horsepower V6. As a result the F-Pace SVR gets up to 283km/h and does zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds.

In order to handle the added weight and performance, SVO went with lightweight 21-inch wheels although 22s are optionally available, and a rear electronic differential. The brakes were uprated to 395mm discs up front and 396mm rears, and everything from the electronic steering to the torque vectoring, transmission mapping, and all-wheel drive tuning set-up specifically for the F-Pace SVR.

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On stiffer springs front and rear and a new anti-roll bar the SUV also handles with less body roll according to the engineers, and it’ll sound good along the way surely, with one of those sound valves, while the entire exhaust system itself is new saving 6.6kg over a standard F-Pace.

Designers updated the styling with unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and rear spoiler, to not only look meaner but also aid cooling and reduce lift at high speed.

When it rolls out in the UK this summer the new Jaguar F-Pace SVR will start from the equivalent of about AED390,000, with order books open now.

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