Jaguar Land Rover’s customisation arm, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), has given the F-Pace the SVR treatment to make it the fastest and most powerful F-Pace yet. The 2017 World Car of the Year now packs a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 giving it 542 hp and 680 Nm of torque.
All that V8 grunt is sent to all four corners via an SVR-calibrated eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission, sending the F-Pace from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds with a new top speed of 283 km/h. The supercharged V8 is complemented by Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System that delivers a thunderous soundtrack befitting of a souped-up Jaguar. The SVR exhaust is also 6.6 kg lighter than the standard system.
To manage the 44% increase in grunt compared to the standard F-Pace, engineers at SVO has purposefully tuned all aspects of the vehicle’s dynamics – all-wheel-drive system, Adaptive Dynamics suspension, sifter front and rear springs (30 and 10% stiffer respectively), anti-roll bar, larger brake discs (395 mm front; 396 mm rear), Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Dynamic Driving Mode. All these give the F-Pace SVR even greater body control and agility.
The F-Pace SVR rides on 21-inch lightweight forged alloys as standard but the optional 22-inch alloy wheels are what the enthusiastic drivers would want. The larger alloys are not only wider at the rear by 25 mm compared to the front to give the SUV better handling but also lighter by 2.4 kg on the front and 1.7 kg lighter at the rear. They are also designed to deliver greater airflow to the uprated brakes for better cooling under heavy usage.
Inside, the F-Pace SVR’s sporty intent is highlighted by the new Slimline Performance front seats with lozenge quilting and SVR embossed logo, Sport Shift selector, SVR steering wheel with aluminium paddle shifters and supportive rear seats.
Four interior colour themes are unique to the SVR variant: Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet and Jet with Light Oyster stitching. Despite its high-performance nature, the creature comforts and practicality of a regular F-Pace have been retained – they include a 10-inch touchscreen Touch Pro infotainment system, 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, onboard 4G WiFi and the all-important 650 litres of boot space.