As the brand's first-ever SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace is as important a vehicle as any to the luxury performance brand steadfast in its sports auto offerings.
So while we're never completely sure what the point of a high-performance 4x4 really is, let's just say the new F-Pace SVR has something of a celebratory feel to it.
From whichever angle you look at the F-Pace, nary a bad one exists. New front and rear bumpers are more aggressive, with an SVR aerodynamic package that includes lower side sills and a rear spoiler to aid in cooling, reducing lift and improving high-speed stability.
The SVR transformation begins underhood where the F-Pace's six-cylinder engine has been replaced by Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which brings 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque to the performance party.
The Jaguar F-Pace is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine that churns out about 542 bhp and develops a meaty 680 Nm of peak torque and comes with a Sport Shift Selector. (6.6 kg) lighter than the CUV's standard exhaust system and which increases exhaust gas flow. The bump in power reduces the SUV's 0-to-60 sprint to just 4.1 seconds and increases the top speed to 176 miles per hour. That maximum velocity matches the number put up by the Alfa Romeo, but the Stelvio Quadrifoglio edges the F-Pace's SVR 0-60 miles per hour time, with the Italian delivering it in 3.6 seconds. "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 names". Side strakes in the bumper are designed, according to Jaguar, to assist in aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the auto. They're also nearly an inch wider on the back.
Inside, the F-Pace SVR stands out with a SportShift gear selector like the one in the F-Type sports auto that replaces the rotary gear selector found in the other F-Pace models. The F-TYPE's SportShift Gear Selector has been borrowed for the SUV, and there's an SVR-branded steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters.
The chassis has been upgraded, with progressive springs that are 30-percent stiffer at the front and 10-percent at the back.
Already one of the most stylish SUVs on the market, the F-Pace amps up its feline curves with some pumped-up styling elements. Four color schemes will be offered; Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet, and Jet with Light Oyster stitching.
Cargo room with rear seats up goes unchanged from the standard F-Pace, as do the vehicle's connectivity options. A Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen is standard-fit, as is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot functionality is optional.
The F-Pace SVR will be priced from $80,000 when it arrives in retailer showrooms this summer.