I didn’t believe the rumors until I saw the leaked photos online. Now it is confirmed that for the first time ever, a Jaguar is going to wear the SVR badge. The SVR badge represents the most potent variants from the Jaguar and Landrover’s Special Vehicle Operations.
This undertaking has brought the likes of the Range Rover Sport SVR and the F-Type Project 7. Already the F-Type R is pretty impressive but the SVR beats it pants down on all fronts. The vehicle will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles. The vehicle is expected to make a debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Exterior
We have all to agree that the F-Type is one hell of a fast beauty. Jaguar just got everything right, the dimensions and an ideal mix of elegance and aggressiveness. The SVR takes these impressive cues and then adds an array of functional adjustments using the Project 7 as inspiration resulting in a spectacular car.
Most of the new tweaks are aimed at reducing its drag and increasing its down-force, factors which are important in super fast cars. At the front, the SVR flaunts larger air intakes which suck in huge chunks of air to cool the large fire spitting monster inside. This air exits through louvers on the hood.
On the sides, the SVR sports side air intakes which cool its big brakes exiting through the skirts behind its fenders. The vehicle also features a large splitter while under its belly you will find a flat under body that culminates in a redesigned rear diffuser.
To complete the profile are quad exhaust tips and a large carbon-fiber wing which can retract for higher speeds by activating the V-Max mode or extend for more down-force. To reduce its drag even further, its door handles tuck themselves in while the vehicle is in motion. The SVR rides on 20-inch wheels. I hoped the automaker would bring the Project 7’s D-Type-esque’s roll over hoop only to disappoint me.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Interior
As you would expect, the cabin is well laid out. The interior resembles that of a standard F-Type model. However, everything is upgraded and looks more lavish and lively than the standard model cabins.
Occupants will enjoy its comfortable seats which are well supported. The seats are wrapped in quilted leather with contrast stitching. Buyers have an option for heated seats. Its3-spoke steering wheel is also wrapped in leather and is integrated with anodized aluminum shift paddles.
The SVR moniker is affixed on different places in the cabin such as on the doorsill, aluminum paneling and on headrests. The ambient cabin lighting can be customized. Other features include dual-zone climate control, push button ignition and smart entry.
Buyers have a choice between two infotainment system which are InControl Touch and the premium InControl Touch Plus. The base system comes with an 8-inch touch-screen mounted on the center console and a 5-inch digital instruments panel tucked behind the steering wheel. Its other features include navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM radio, text-to-voice capability, iPod, USB and auxiliary inputs and the automakers Remote assistance and emergency response systems not forgetting app integration. What’s more, it comes with a 180-watt stereo with 6-speakers and 8-channels. The system also comes with options such as DAB radio receiver, tracker, SD card integration and a 380-watt stereo with 10 speakers and 12 channels.
If you want more, you can opt for the premium InTouch Plus infotainment system which adds HDD navigation, CD/DVD player and a 770-watt stereo with 12 speakers and 16 channels.
Engine Specs and Performance
If you thought the F-Type is fast, you should think again. The 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR comes with the same 5.0 L, V-8 engine as the F-Type R but the engine is tuned to deliver a whopping 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This is 17 lb-ft more than the Project 7’s 502 lb-ft of torque.
With this power, the SVR bolts from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds almost a half a second faster than the Type R which does it in 4.1 seconds. With all systems blazing, the SVR can hit 194 mph for the convertibles and 200 mph for the coupes. Unlike the F-Type and F-Type S models which are offered with 6-speed manual transmission and RWD, the SVR is hooked up with an 8-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
The engine also features an adaptive technology and Dynamic Launch Mode as standard. Under normal driving conditions, the AWD system channels power to the rear wheels but can still vary the split and channel almost 90% of the torque to the front wheels if need be. The vehicle also features active electronic differential which is integrated with the ABS, active torque vectoring as well as stability and traction control which ensure optimum torque distribution.
Price and release date
As of this writing, the automaker is yet to announce the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR prices. However, the vehicle’s price is likely to fall between the Type-F R and the Limited edition Project 7. As such expect a price between $ 103,000 and $ 165,000. The vehicle will be displayed at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show with sales commencing in the summer.
Major rivalry will come from the Aston Martin Vantage V12 S Roadster and Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.