THE FASTEST JAG IN TOWN
The SVR has dropped a few kilos and is really picking up the pace, DAMIEN REID writes
JAGUAR has fired a clear warning shot across the bow of the Germans’ go-fast operations with its fastest F-Type yet, SVR.
The SVR is coming age for Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, which past two years has been hiding in the shadows of the JLR empire. Until now, SVO worked behind scenes on limited build Project 7 Jaguar roadster as well as Range Rover Autobiography. The F-Type SVR event in Spain was its first standalone launch away from the mainstream range.
With a starting price just under $300,000, SVR is fastest volume production Jaguar yet.
Based on F-Type R all-wheel drive, the has been a diet, shedding up to 50kg. Its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 bumped up to 423kW/700Nm, an extra 8kW and 20Nm. This equates claimed 3.7second sprint from rest 100km/h and a top speed of 322km/h for the coupe. The convertible matches it 100km/h with 314km/h.
Those claims make it two-tenths quicker than the Mercedes C63 and BMW M4 in run to 100km/h, while
top speed is much higher than the 250km/h (restricted) for BMW 290km/h AMG.
Using the Project 7 as inspiration, the F-Type SVR features the same engine calibration mods and similar front aero enhancements, including
bonnet vents enlarged air intakes in front bumper to accommodate revised charged coolers. It breathes easier thanks a lightweight exhaust made of titanium and Inconel, a nickel alloy that resists extreme heat. Using the alloy, Jaguar shaved 16kg from the car, halved the wall thickness of exhaust to 0.6mm and reduced back pressure.
New titanium valves provide arguably best part about an outstanding note.
Once the Dynamic mode is selected to open valves, lifting off the throttle on overrun rewards with a series of rapid-fire pops and crackles, even while idling through towns. It recalls the soundtrack of a big, lazy American V8 that turns into NASCAR-like roar with sharp stab of throttle. Compared F-Type R, the SVR is 25kg lighter. Add a carbon fibre roof and carbon ceramic brakes and that saving doubles to 50kg.
The extra weight of 10mm wider Pirelli P Zero tyres is offset by a 13.8kg saving from new forged alloy wheels. The rubber, combined with the 380mm front and 370mm rear ceramic discs, provides phenomenal grip and stopping power on open road.
extra grip also comes courtesy of the aero tweaks that comprise wider
guards with extraction vents behind front wheels to reduce lift, a new valance and undertray from Project 7 channels air under the car to a rear diffuser an active carbon-fibre wing.
The wing is bit over top from styling point of view but it’s functional. It deploys at 100km/h on the convertible and 112km/h the coupe, reducing both drag lift.
On track in full Dynamic mode — which transfers more drive to rear wheels the SVR was allowed stretch its legs speedo on back straight reached 288km/h. That was an extreme test of car’s capabilities under race conditions but not something you’d expect a topnotch performance car.
During nearly four hours spirited, open-road driving on the same day there was never hint of brake fade.
The eight-speed auto has been remapped to provide quicker changes, but the consensus is that with such performance, a double-clutch box would sharpen its responses even more.