A few weeks ago, we brought you some teaser pics of the new F-Type SVR. Now, we bring you the full story.
From day one, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division set out to create Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production road car.
This will be the first Jaguar SVR, and is branded as a 320 km/h, all-weather supercar. The SVR project aims to exploit the full potential of the F-Type.
The SVR sports many improvements over the standard car, with more power, enhanced chassis and active aerodynamics. The AWD F-Type SVR will be available as a Coupé and Convertible.
The Jag’s power output has been raised to an almighty 423 kW and 700 Nm from the supercharged 5.0-litre V8. This means the SVR can accelerate to 100 in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 322- or 314 km/h, depending on which one you go for. The fuel consumption remains unchanged compared to the F-Type R.
There is also a new lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system. The new design can withstand higher peak temperatures, reduces back-pressure and is 16 kg lighter than before. This weight reduction exceeds the demanding target set during development. Compared to the F-Type R’s stainless steel system, Inconel’s increased thermal resistance meant that wall thickness could be halved to just 0.6 mm.
To cope with the added power, the Quickshift transmission is reworked. Fatter tyres are fitted, some 10 mm wider than before. The Jag also comes with the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) AWD technology, this delivers the SVR’s outstanding launch behaviour and immediacy of response.
Selectable Dynamic mode is available, and will enable the enthusiast driver to fully explore the F-Type SVR’s capability, especially with the DSC system set to TracDSC or switched off completely. Under these conditions, IDD will use the most extreme calibrations for the AWD system and for the electronic diff to fully exploit the available grip.
The SVR is 25 kg lighter than the standard AWD F-Type R. After adding some options, like the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake system and carbon fibre roof, the car will be 50 kg lighter.
Fitted as standard with Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system featuring large, 380 mm and 376 mm front and rear brake discs, the F-Type SVR can be specified with Jaguar’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system. Featuring even larger 398 mm and 380 mm discs and six- and four-piston monobloc calipers, this system delivers exceptional braking performance with outstanding fade resistance. The brake prefill system ensures consistent pedal feel, stop after stop.
The most effective piece of design added to the exterior is the deployable rear wing: the highly optimised design is more effective and more aerodynamically-efficient in both raised and lowered and positions.The wing automatically raises and around 100 km/h. The wing will also deploy whenever the driver selects Dynamic mode. In this raised position, the wing, together with the other aerodynamic enhancements, enables a reduction in the SVR’s drag and lift coefficients.
The added performance does not compromise comfort. The cabin gains cosseting 14-way SVR Performance seats finished in Jet black leather with a distinctive Lozenge Quilt pattern, contrast stitching and micro-piping and headrests embossed with the SVR logo. Customers also have the option of Siena Tan or Red leather.
The InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus infotainment systems feature 8” capacitive touchscreens, intuitive user interfaces and crisp, clear 3D map displays and offer 380W Meridian and 770W Meridian surround sound audio systems respectively.
As well as the familiar InControl Apps smartphone connectivity, InControl Secure vehicle monitoring and InControl Protect emergency call system, the Jaguar F-Type SVR also offers the latest InControl Remote functionality, which – for the ultimate in convenience – now supports wearable technology.
Partnering the InControl Remote app for iOS smartphones is a companion app developed for the Apple Watch. Using this device, drivers can lock and unlock the doors, check key information such as fuel level or mileage, and locate the car on a map. InControl Remote even enables the driver to start the engine and set the climate control system temperature to pre-condition the cabin before the start of a journey. Nothing could be simpler.
“The purity of the F-Type’s form is something truly special, but in designing the new F-Type SVR we had the opportunity to create something even more dramatic. Every additional form, line or component is there for a reason, and contributes to the car’s increased performance as well as its presence. Cutting-edge aerodynamics have always been fundamental to Jaguar design, and everything from the enlarged air intakes to the active rear wing is essential to the new Jaguar F-Type SVR’s dramatic looks and 320 km/h potential.” Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar