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Jaguar delivered lighter, stiffer and more precise in its ‘ultimate coupe’ F-Type SVR The supercar slayer you can do the school run in, for an adrenaline drive each time
THE F-Type SVR features the latest evolution of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 to deliver what Jaguar said is “the ultimate in performance and driver reward”.
Changes to the engine’s calibration — adopted from the F-Type Project 7 — deliver power and torque ratings of 423 kW and 700 Nm.
To make the most of the increased engine output, the eightspeed Quickshift transmission gains a new calibration. Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tyres and optimising the torque on-demand allwheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, this delivers the F-Type SVR’s outstanding launch behaviour and immediacy of response.
The changes to IDD and refinements to the rear electronic active differential (EAD) ensure optimum torque distribution between the front and rear axles and across the rear axle.
Combined with a unique calibration for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, this enhances traction and dynamics — on all surfaces and in all weathers — while preserving the F-Type SVR’s rear-wheel drive character and handling balance.
Selecting Dynamic mode will enable the enthusiast driver to fully explore the F-Type SVR’s capability, especially with the stability control set to TracDSC or switched off completely.
Under these conditions, IDD will use the most extreme calibrations for the AWD system and for the active diff to fully exploit the available grip.
The gains in performance and driveability do not come at the expense of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: compared to the F-Type R, the figures on the combined cycle remain unchanged at 11,3 litres/100 km and 269 g/km respectively.
The enhancements made to the powertrain and driveline are matched by the modifications made to the chassis.
Designed to take the SVR’s dynamic capability to the next level, and deliver ultimate chassis agility, precision, control and response, the changes nevertheless preserve the F-Type’s ride quality and inherent duality of character — day-to-day usability and comfort have not been compromised.
The F-Type’s aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension and state-ofthe-art electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system gave the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team the best possible starting point for developing the SVR’s vehicle dynamics.
That the vehicle is 25 kg lighter as standard than the AWD F-Type R — and 50 kg lighter with options including the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake system and carbon fibre roof — brings immediate benefits in terms of handling.
Optimised aerodynamics produce further gains: the rear wing delivers reductions in lift whether in the raised or lowered position.
These fundamental improvements are matched by a raft of other hardware and software changes designed to extract the full potential from every part of the chassis. The rear anti-roll bar is thicker. The valves inside the continuously variable dampers have been revised and the control software — the heart of Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system — has been recalibrated.
The overall effect is that both low speed comfort and highspeed control are improved.
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.
The wider, specially developed 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 tyres provide exceptional levels of grip with no detriment to ride quality or refinement.
NISSAN is proud to announce the new 2017 Nissan GT-R is the most powerful, yet most refined version of the R35 to date.
The new Nissan GT-R offers a range of styling, mechanical, luxury and performance upgrades that makes it a more accomplished everyday supercar, with a major improvement in its everyday driveability and more power on tap at midand high-engine speeds.
The interior of the GT-R was beginning to look a lot like the cabin from the 1980s car show Knightrider but the 2016 edition received a comprehensive remake, with Nissan saying all features offer a performance benefit as well.
The dashboard has been redesigned to be more elegant and simple, with the number of buttons in view of the driver reduced from 27 to 11.
This was made possible by moving many of the control functions to the new, larger eight-inch capacitive touchscreen with Nissan’s proprietary Display Command system.
The dashboard itself is upholstered in a large, single piece of hand-selected soft nappa leather.
The slight increase in weight of this leather cladding is more than offset by a new type of cushioning material, which is lighter than the material previously used.
The new GT-R now features steering wheel mounted paddle shifts for the dual-clutch gearbox.
The new set-up allows for easier mid-turn gearshifts. Both the gear shift paddles and air vent controls have been re-engineered for a more positive tactile feel.
The seats are also upholstered in nappa leather and feature a new carbon fibre chassis for an additional weight reduction, while new sound dampening and an acoustic glass windshield keep unwanted road and wind noise from the cabin.
The hand-built VR38DETT V6 engine remains the heart of the 2017 R35, but it has been further refined and improved for this model.
Torque delivery now peaks at 632 Nm (up from 628 Nm) at a wider band from 3 300 rpm to 5 800 rpm. The kilowatts have increased from 397 to 408 at 6 800 rpm.
A key ingredient in the 2017 GT-R’s blistering 0-100 km/h run is its launch control system and an improved gearbox.
The six-speed dual clutch automatically actuated gearbox remains fitted above the rear axle and is connected to the engine with a carbon fibre shaft, but the shifting has been refined to be smoother and less audible.
The GT-R also features a new titanium exhaust system that has been tuned for improved performance and a more appealing mechanical sound.
This is enhanced through Nissan’s Active Sound Enhancement system.
To get around corners, the GT-R is equipped with new 20inch forged alloy wheels that are shod with Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST ultra-high performance tyres. These tyres were developed in partnership with Nissan for the GT-R and feature RunOnFlat technology.
Upgrades to the suspension and a more rigid suspension structure mean that the GT-R now exhibits even better stability and grip through quick lateral transitions, such as on a fast switchback or hairpin on a race track. Along with these dynamic improvements, the engineers at Nissan have spent considerable resources and time on making the GT-R an even better performer at everyday speeds.
In doing so, they have ensured that the 2017 GT-R exhibits none of the quirks that make other supercars a taxing drive on everyday commutes.
The new GT-R can be ordered at Nissan High Performance Centres. The first consignment of vehicles has already been sold out. — WR.