Due to the not-so-smooth roads in our country, performance cars with their lowered ride height and rigid suspension do not really make sense. You cannot truly enjoy all the power that’s at your disposal. Solution? Performance SUVs. With their improved driving dynamics and added practicality they seem to be more suited to the kind of roads we are blessed with. Jaguar has updated the F-Pace SVR and it now offers even better drivability than before whilst providing a whole lot of new tech inside.
The SVR brand has always been about fun, excitement and raw power rather than achieving the quickest lap time. SVR cars are well known for their exhaust notes which tend to make everyone notice. But with the new F-Pace, SVR has focused on the driving dynamics and used technology to make it faster. It gets a host of tech to improve handling, give better throttle response and also the overall feel of driving is said to improve through the new steering rack. All this tech helps the F-Pace achieve a 0-100 time of 4.0 seconds which is 0.3 quicker than the outgoing model. Underneath, it gets the same 5.0 litre supercharged engine that has been present in JLR cars since a long time. It now makes the same 550 bhp but receives a torque bump of 20 Nm which brings the total to 700 Nm.
The interiors of the Jaguar F-Pace SVR have also been revamped to keep up with the Germans. Jaguar has been lacking when it comes to interior layouts, but this refreshed model has many touches to make you feel pampered. Jaguar has now given two fully digital high-res screens, both for the instrument panel as well as the infotainment system. You get rotary dials showcasing the climate control which feels plush and also looks cool. The overall materials and the fit and finish seems to have gotten a massive upgrade than before.
On the outside, you do get some changes on the lights as well larger air intakes to make it look more aggressive, but the majority of the changes are on the inside. One thing is for sure, this SVR will continue the tradition of giving a colossal soundtrack as is seen earlier. The number of performance SUVs are slowly increasing and if the Jaguar F-Pace SVR does get launched in India, it will go up against the BMW X3 M, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe and the Porsche Macan turbo.