Amidst a sea of EVs and lack-lustre compact SUVs on the horizon, the arrival of a good old shouty V8 comes as a relief. The Jaguar F-Pace has never been a sales topper, so bringing in the powerful SVR version is like F-Pace calling out the stronger and meaner brother for help. Jaguar has now opened bookings for those who want to disturb their neighbours with a 543bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
The standard version of the new F-Pace was recently launched, so expect the SVR to get those changes as well. However, there will be enough on it to stand out as a no-nonsense performance SUV.
The design gets quite a few aero tweaks, and one quick look around it assures you that it’s a serious performance car and not just a more powerful variant. Significant changes have been made throughout the car, and the aggressive exterior is a good indication of that.
Jumping out is the revised SVR-badged grille and under it sits the newly designed bumper. It now gets enlarged air intakes for better cooling and airflow. The ‘J’ shaped LED DRLs that sit in the slimmed out headlamps look cool, and the SVR can also be had with the optional ‘Pixel’ LED headlamps. The changes to the exterior claim to reduce drag and lift, offering better stability at high speeds.
There isn’t any SVR badging to the side, but the sharp-looking alloys and air vents are enough to show its sporty credentials. And at the rear is where you see the famous SVR badge just below the slim LED taillamps and the massive quad-exhaust tips sitting above a rear diffuser. The fixed spoiler is also an SVR trait, although it is more for aesthetic purposes than anything else.
On the inside, you get pretty much the same treatment as the standard version, but there are subtle SVR additions that will catch your eye. There is a sport treatment to the dashboard and seats, and you also get a racy drive selector wrapped in leather with an SVR logo and an equally racy SVR steering wheel with the badging. There is also plenty of techs like the 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system, cabin air ionization, 3D surround camera and a lot more.
However, the bigger changes are under the skin. The loud V8 that makes 543bhp and 700Nm is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. 0-100kph time is claimed to be a quick 4.0 secs flat, and that for a full-size SUV is hugely commendable.
Then is the re-tuned steering rack that delivers a more engaging experience and tweaked dampers for that flat and composed ride. That said, changes like the stiffer suspension, feel some steering, recalibrated brakes, and sharpened gearbox can only be judged once we get behind the wheel.
The F-Pace SVR will rival the likes of the BMW X3M and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe, and we think it will be a cut-throat competition.