Jaguar Will Replace R-S Badge With SVR; Confirms F-Type SVR
In a move that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, Jaguar will soon be replacing its high-performance R-S models with cars wearing the all-new SVR brand, and the first such model we’ll be seeing under this new naming convention is the upcoming 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR.
This was all confirmed by John Edwards, the head of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, who was quoted by Autovisie as saying that the R-S moniker will “disappear” and that the SVR models will be “substantially better” than the R models. In the case of the F-Type, that means that power will exceed the F-Type R’s 550-horsepower output, and while details are still unknown, we can only hope for an output closer to the 600-horsepower mark.
The SVO team will be responsible for developing SVR performance vehicles for both Jaguar and Land Rover, and Edwards promises that these models will be faster than the non-SVR models with specific tuning to both the powertrain and chassis. As an example of this, last year’s introduction of the Range Rover Sport SVR revealed the SUV had been retuned to produce 542 horsepower along with a top speed of 162 miles per hour.
Edwards did not give a time frame for when we could see the next generation of Jaguar performance cars to debut (or even which cars other than the F-Type will get the SVR treatment), but based on how amazing the XKR-S and XFR-S are, we’re sure we won’t have much longer to find out.
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Why it matters
The Jaguar R-S name has come to stand for high-powered versions of British car brand, but the SVR brand will carry this torch moving forward with cars developed by a separate team to deliver optimal performance, speed and handling. First to the party will be a high-powered F-Type SVR with more than 550 horsepower, but it will soon be followed by vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover.