Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Jaguar F-PACE gets SVO treatment


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BIG, bold and with blistering performanc­e the Jaguar F-PACE SVR is the latest offering from the company’s Special Vehicle Operations team.

It might not look too different from the multi award-winning F-PACE SUV but the SVR provides supercar performanc­e from the 5.0-litre supercharg­ed V8 that sits under the bonnet.

It produces a stunning 542bhp with 680Nm of torque and delivers its power through a four-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The astonishin­g result is that this practical SUV can reach 62mph in just 4.3 seconds before going on to an incredible 176mph. And it does it all while delivering a splendid V8 soundtrack.

Visually the car is transforme­d by a new bodykit designed for aerodynami­c efficiency.

A new front sports large air intakes for cooling and side vents draw out air from the wheelarche­s. The arches themselves have increased in size to cope with the huge

wheels and also to give the car a more sporting aggressive look.

A new bonnet with additional cooling intakes hides that massive power plant and at the rear there is a new diffuser and four large exhaust pipes as well as a spoiler to enhance cooling reduce lift and drag and aid high-speed stability.

To handle all the extra power the SVO team has made numerous tweaks to the chassis and suspension enabling them to reduce body roll.

Uprated dampers, a new anti-roll bar and stiffer springs help cope with all that extra power as do the special tyres which are wider at the rear to provide extra grip and cope with the blistering performanc­e.

Sharper steering and quicker gearshifts are the result of changes to the car’s Dynamic feature on the drive selector set-up and there is always a rear bias on the fourwheel-drive system to provide driving pleasure.

The interior is a dream with the correct blend of luxury and some really neat sporting touches.

Fabulous new slimline embossed sports leather seats hold you in place while you put this remarkable SUV through its paces and SVR logos are stitched on the headrests.

Sports pedals and a new gear selector add to the appeal along with Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainme­nt and navigation system and a very smart 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

I got to drive the SVR on the French Riviera recently and it was simply astonishin­g.

It could be docile and easy to use around town but a flick of a few switches and it transforme­d into a beast on the open roads or motorways. The performanc­e took my breath away at times and no matter how hard you pushed the SVR always felt glued to the road.

The new lightweigh­t brakes providing excellent stopping power and the variable valve active exhaust system crackled and popped to put a smile on anyone’s face.

A lot of people will question the need for an SUV to be this quick but this car is a worthy flagship for the F-PACE range.

Priced from £74,835 the F-PACE SVR is a super-SUV that delivers sports car performanc­e and still retains its practicali­ty and versatilit­y with a 650-litre boot and some serious off-road ability.

Emissions are rated at 272g/km and that equates to a fuel figure in the region of 24 to the gallon.

The F-PACE is the fastest selling Jaguar ever and this version is sure to add to its appeal and the designers, engineers and technician­s of the SVO team deserve to be proud of it.

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