At the Geneva Motor Show last month, Jaguar’s focus was on electric cars as the British automaker launched its very first all-electric, zero emissions car I-Pace. However, it seems the marque hasn’t given up on its petrolhead fans just yet. At the New York Auto Show, Jaguar has launched the high-performance version of its F-Pace SUV, which according to the claimed performance figures is one of the fastest SUVs in the world. Called the F-Pace SVR, the sporty SUV is the work of the carmaker’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department, which has worked its magic on the brand’s best selling vehicle to turn it into an absolute monster.
Powering the Jaguar F-Pace is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that churns out 550 horses and 502 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar claims that the performance-oriented SUV can go from 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 176mph. to support the added power, SVO has made quite a few changes to the F-Pace that include an ungraded chassis, progressive springs that are 30-percent stiffer at the front and 10-percent at the back, new anti-roll system – that Jaguar says cuts body-roll by 5-percent, and new lightweight forced 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels. Jaguar has also added Variable Valve Active Exhaust System inspired by the F-TYPE, which should make it sound great, as well.
On the inside, the cabin features slimline performance front seats with SVR logos on the headrest and a SVR branded steering wheel with paddle shifters. Four color schemes will be on offer: Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet, and Jet with Light Oyster stitching. The high-performance variant of the F-Pace will arrive in US dealerships in the summer of 2018, with a mouth-watering starting price of $79,990.
By: Gigi Morelli