Sound and vi­sion

The su­per-slick, new Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe is a se­ri­ous bit of kit, as dis­cov­ered.

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

This is the Jaguar F-Type SVR, and those three let­ters at the end of its name sig­nify that this is the fastest, light­est and most fo­cused F-Type to date. How­ever, far from be­ing a stripped-out, light­weight track day hero like a Porsche 911 GT3, the SVR is ac­tu­ally about be­ing lu­di­crously fast, but to­tally us­able in the real world. That’s why most of the weight savings are in places you won’t no­tice – forged al­loy wheels save 13.8kg, while car­bon­ce­ramic brakes save a fur­ther 21kg, for ex­am­ple. Looks might be in the eye of the be­holder, but there can’t be many peo­ple who’d re­fute the fact the F-Type is one of the best look­ing cars out there. Its pretty lines wear the more ag­gres­sive aero­dy­namic ad­den­dum well and trans­form the car. Cou­ple that with the gor­geous V8 wail from the ex­haust pipes and the SVR’s driver-fo­cused at­ti­tude is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent. It’s ex­cit­ing be­fore you even pull away. The F-Type SVR is a low-slung, two-seater sports car, so space and prac­ti­cal­ity are nat­u­rally not its forte. That said, the cabin isn’t claus­tro­pho­bic and the boot is big enough to fit a few bags for a week­end away - in coupe form it has up to 408 litres of space, while the con­vert­ible has about half that. There are plenty of driver aids that come as stan­dard to help keep the car (and driver) out of trou­ble, such as dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol, emer­gency brake as­sist and low-grip driv­e­train modes. The F-Type R, on which the SVR is based, is quite a fre­netic ex­pe­ri­ence. But this car man­ages to tread the line be­tween ramp­ing up the drama while adding com­po­sure in a way that beg­gars be­lief. Gears slam home in an in­stant thanks to the soft­ware-tweaked eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, while the four-wheel drive sys­tem has been given more rear bias to im­prove agility. Aside from the glo­ri­ous as­sault on the senses handed out by the en­gine, the other driv­ing high­light comes from the re­vised chas­sis. It all com­bines to make the SVR feel more planted than ever be­fore with­out los­ing the F-Type’s ag­gres­sive char­ac­ter. When buy­ing a high per­for­mance coupe that costs in ex­cess of £100,000, value for money needs con­text. That can be given to us by an­other car with a stun­ning ex­haust note. The V10-en­gined Audi R8 comes with sim­i­lar drama and, as far as mi­dengined su­per­cars go, is fairly prac­ti­cal. The en­try-level model starts at £120,645, while the be­winged, full-fat ver­sion is about £10,000 more – the F-Type SVR’s power out­put sits be­tween these two mod­els. Here, the F-Type looks like good value.

IN A NUT­SHELL The Jaguar F-Type SVR is de­signed to grab a slice of the pie dom­i­nated by the likes of the Porsche 911. Its Ger­man ri­val has be­come the go-to op­tion for fast and fun coupes, but the 911 has an ex­cel­lent ri­val here.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.