The speed kitty goes topless

Back in late 2014, we heard a rumor Jaguar was busy creating a new range-topping F-Type. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before spy shots of the beefed-up two-door surfaced online. Motoring Australia then reported an Aussie dealership had assembled a list of customers eager to grab the faster cat as soon as it was launched. More spy shots followed, this time from a test session at the Nurburgring. Then came a leaked brochure filled with specs, and now, the new F-Type is finally confirmed, bringing less weight, more power, and improved aero, plus a topless body style to boot. Say hello to the F-Type SVR Roadster.

If you were unaware, the SVR stands for SVO/R. The “R” is pretty self-explanatory within the context of sports-car nomenclature, but I’ll explain SVO for the uninitiated. It’s an acronym that stands for Special Vehicle Operations, the team of hired-gun engineers responsible for making Jaguar Land Rover vehicles especially fast. You may remember SVO as the party responsible for creating the truly outrageous Range Rover Sport SVR.

So then, what happens when SVO applies its high-performance know-how to a sports car? Four words – fastest production Jag ever. Extra atmosphere optional.

Updated 02/17/2016: Jag finally gave us the official details on the F-Type SVR a few weeks in advance of its debut in Geneva. Pricing starts at $128,800 for the roadster.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Roadster.

  • 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8(Est.)
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    125000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Oh, Ian Callum… you definitely know what you’re doing with that design pen. The F-Type is one very good-looking automobile, and if you happen to disagree, I don’t think we can be friends. The proportions are just right, with high haunches, a slick roofline, and short overhangs. It’s a great mix of aggression and elegance, with just the right amount of embellishment.

The SVR builds on this with a slew of functional modifications, all in the name of increasing downforce and reducing drag.

The SVR builds on this with a slew of functional modifications, all in the name of increasing downforce and reducing drag. The limited edition F-Type Project 7 provides inspiration.

In front, the SVR gets a bigger mouth. Air drawn into the engine bay finds an exit through louvers in the hood, while side intakes cool the big brakes, venting to the skirts behind the fenders. A large splitter juts out from the chin, and underneath is a flat underbody leading to a revised rear diffuser. Quad exhaust tips pop and bang.

Perched on the trunk is a large, touring-car style wing made from carbon fiber, which actively extends for more downforce and retracts for a higher top speed (just activate “V-Max” mode). The door handles will even tuck themselves in for less drag while on the move.

Unfortunately, the SVR doesn’t bring over the Project 7’s D-Type-esque rollover hoop. You do, however, get 20-inch alloy wheels (several styles are available) and a few SVR badges here and there.

Interior

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Inside the SVR, everything is laid out just as it would be in a lesser F-Type model. The materials, however, are upgraded. Everything is plush and colorful – this isn’t some spartan racecar plucked straight from the paddock (at least as far as amenities are concerned).

The seats are comfortable but supportive, and come with quilted leather and contrast stitching

The luxury starts with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel wrapped in leather and adorned with anodized aluminum shift paddles. The seats are comfortable but supportive, and come with quilted leather and contrast stitching (a heating function is optional). The ambient lighting color is customizable, and the letters “SVR” can be found on the doorsill, headrests, and dark brushed aluminum paneling.

Smart entry, a keyless pushbutton starter, and intelligent dual-zone climate control come standard.You’ll also get a 770-watt sound system from Meridian, plus touchscreen operation, SiriusXM, and HD Radio. Jaguar InControl Apps connects your smartphone, while Jaguar InControl Protect offers emergency and breakdown services. Apple Watch users get to enjoy remote feature access like door locks, fuel level status, engine start, and cabin preconditioning.

Drivetrain

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To put the SVR into perspective, let’s take a quick look at the current F-Type lineup. The base model is equipped with 340 horsepower, while the F-Type S comes with 380 horsepower.

Then we have the F-Type R, which packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 good for 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With AWD routing the muscle, a sprint to 62 mph takes 4.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at 186 mph.

Finally, there’s the Project 7, which uses the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the R, but adds an extra 17 horsepower on top.

The SVR sends them all packing, upping the ante by boosting the V-8 to 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque

The SVR sends them all packing, upping the ante by boosting the V-8 to 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – 8 horsepower and 14 pound-feet more than the king-for-a-day Project 7. Standstill to 62 mph takes 3.7 seconds, nearly a half-second quicker than the R. Top speed is rated at 194 mph (200 mph in the coupe).

While the F-Type and F-Type S are offered with a six-speed manual and RWD, the SVR gets neither. Instead, that fire-breathing eight-cylinder mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission equipped with adaptive logic technology and a Dynamic Launch Mode as standard.

The AWD system sends most of its torque to the rear axle under “normal” driving conditions, but will vary the split with up to 90 percent going to the front if needed. Other features include active torque vectoring, plus an active electronic differential that integrates with the ABS, stability, and traction control for optimum torque distribution.

Additionally, the SVR sheds a good amount of weight over the standard model. Starting with an already feathery aluminum body, SVO added wheels made from forged aluminum, saving over 30 pounds in the process. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes cut another 46 pounds with more aluminum.

There’s also a titanium exhaust good for a 35-pound savings, not to mention an active bypass valve for louder dirty talk when the mood is right.

Chassis And Handling

The F-Type boasts optimum weight distribution thanks to the relocation of heavy objects like the battery and windshield wiper fluid reservoir, both of which are placed rearwards.

The F-Type boasts optimum weight distribution thanks to the relocation of heavy objects like the battery and windshield wiper fluid reservoir, both of which are placed rearwards. Up front is a double-wishbone suspension made from forged aluminum and equipped with adaptive dampers that can adjust individual components up to 100 times per second. The rear suspension was also revised to shed a little weight and offer stiffer performance. Pirelli’s P-Zero rubber meets the road.

The steering is electromechanical, and the brakes are massive, with the standard discs measuring in at 380 mm (15 inches) in the front and 376 mm (14.8 inches) in back. Opt for the carbon-ceramic set-up and you’ll get 398 mm (15.7 inch) units in front and 380 mm (15 inch) units in back, making for the most powerful brake set-up ever offered on a production Jaguar.

The whole shebang saw extensive testing at the Nurburgring (obviously). Of course, once you’re done attacking the Karussell, throw it into one of the tamer driving modes for a softer throttle response, slower steering, and easier gear changes.

Safety

The SVR will benefit from a variety of semi-autonomous safety features, including adaptive headlights (plus bi-xenon lighting elements and LED daytime running lights), a pedestrian protection system, blind-spot monitor, reversing monitor, and LED taillights. A tire repair kit replaces the standard donut.

Prices

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR will make its formal public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, with deliveries commencing this summer. Pricing for the Roadster model will start at $128,800, and should include a wide variety of packages for styling, luxury, and technology.

Competition

Aston Martin Vantage V12 S Roadster

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Since the Jaguar F-Type SVR proudly waves the Union Jack, we should line it up against the only other British sports car that can stare it down without flinching – the Aston Martin Vantage V12 S. Just like the F-Type SVR, the Vantage is right up there as one of the most lust-worthy sports cars on the market, effortlessly blending luxury and performance into one dynamic package.

The Vantage V12 S Roadster packs a bigger, naturally aspirated, 6.0-liter V-12 engine, but its output figures are actually lower. Horsepower is a comparable 565, but torque is 59 pound-feet in the red at 457. That’s not to say the Aston is slow – it can still hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach an SVR-beating 201-mph top speed. Pricing starts at a heady $187,820.

Read our full review here.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

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Jaguar is in for fight when it comes to besting this monster from Stuttgart. While the F-Type SVR takes the lead in interior amenities, comfort, and (to my eye) styling, the Porsche simply dominates in the realm of speed. Thanks to its 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine and lightning-quick PDK transmission, this 911 makes excellent use of its 580 horsepower, scrambling to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. Top speed is 205 mph. Throw in that legendary, rear-biased Porsche handling, and you’re looking at one stout track competitor. Thankfully, the Jag beats it handily on the pricing front, with the Porsche starting at $194,600.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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First things first – the F-Type SVR Roadster is a helluva package. British styling, high-end luxury, and mind-blowing performance are all here. Throw in the bragging rights of owning the fastest and most powerful vehicle that Jag has ever offered, and things are looking great.

The F-Type SVR Roadster is definitely not perfect – for example, that wing on the trunk, while functional, isn’t exactly feng shui with the rest of the design, plus RWD and manual transmissions are left to the lower trim levels.

But will that stop this thing from rocketing off dealership lots? No way. At under $130,000, this topless speed kitty is sure to please.

  • Leave it
    • Rear wing might be a bit garish for some
    • No RWD, no manual
    • So many great competitors in the segment

Updated History

Updated: 01/25/2016: A leaked brochure revealed the first information on the upcoming F-Type SVR Roadster.

Updated: 08/18/2015: Our team of spy photographers sent more recent images of the F-Type SVR Roadster while being thrashed on the Nurburgring.

Updated 07/15/2015: The upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR Roadster was caught testing around Nurburgring. Enjoy the video.

Rendering

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Press Release

Jaguar today digitally revealed the F-TYPE SVR, an even more extreme version of the already popular sports car and its first to wear the high-performance SVR badge, ahead of its auto show debut in Geneva on March 1. Developed to exploit the lightweight aluminum sports car’s full potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds2 and, in coupe trim, joins an elite club of cars capable of accelerating to 200 mph1,2.

By exploiting the fundamental capability engineered in to the F-TYPE from day one, the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division developed the brand’s lightest, quickest, most powerful F-TYPE and its fastest and most powerful series production road car ever with functional enhancements to the chassis, driveline and aerodynamics.

The F-TYPE R is already widely recognized in the sports car segment and represented the starting point for development of the more extreme F-TYPE SVR. Everything which contributes to the vehicle’s performance and handling dynamics has been meticulously re-evaluated, re-engineered and optimized by SVO, adding an even higher performance version of the F-TYPE to 2017 model year line up.

POWERTRAIN, DRIVELINE AND CHASSIS

The F-TYPE SVR features the latest evolution of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, delivering the ultimate in performance and driver reward. Changes to the engine’s calibration - adopted from the F-TYPE Project 7 - deliver power and torque ratings of 575HP and 516-lb.ft. of torque.

Enlarged air intakes in the front bumper, together with revised charge air coolers and redesigned hood vents, deliver corresponding improvements in cooling system performance and powertrain efficiency.

A new lightweight Inconel titanium exhaust system has been fitted as standard which withstands higher peak temperatures, reduces backpressure and eliminates 35-lbs (16kg) of mass from the vehicle. In addition to titanium’s inherent lightness over stainless steel, the exhaust system in the SVR features a unique split muffler design — opposed to a single box in the F-TYPE R - which further reduces weight and facilitates the design of the rear under-tray for enhanced aerodynamic performance.

Compared to the stainless steel system on the F-TYPE R, Inconel’s increased thermal resistance meant that wall thickness could be reduced to just two-tenths of an inch or 0.6mm. This technology was adopted by the C-X75 concept supercar and was developed by Jaguar as a road car technology through that program.

The new exhaust system also delivers an even more distinctive, purposeful, harder-edged exhaust note, especially once the active valves in the rear silencers open - this happens at lower engine speeds to enhance the vehicle’ performance character even further. For additional lightweighting, the valves themselves are also made from titanium. The four round tailpipes are distinguished by discreet SVR branding.

To make the most of the increased engine output, the eight-speed ZF® Quickshift transmission has been recalibrated to reduce shift times and increase torque availability during launch. Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tires (10mm wider than the F-TYPE R), and optimization of the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, the F-TYPE SVR is able to deliver outstanding launch behavior and immediacy of response, with sprints to 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.5 seconds2.

The changes to IDD and additional refinements to the rear electronic active differential (EAD) ensure optimum torque distribution between the front and rear axles and across the rear axle. Combined with a unique calibration for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system4, this enhances traction and dynamics4 - on various surfaces and weather conditions - while preserving the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive character and handling balance.

Selecting Dynamic mode will enable the enthusiast driver to fully explore the capability of the

F-TYPE SVR, especially with the DSC system set to TracDSC or switched off completely. Under these conditions, IDD will use the most extreme calibrations for the AWD system and for the EAD to fully exploit the available grip4.

The enhancements made to the powertrain and driveline are matched by the modifications made to the chassis and suspension. The aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspension equipped on the F-TYPE, as well as its standard electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system4 gave the SVO team the best possible starting point for developing the vehicle dynamics of the F-TYPE SVR.

While engineers have worked to enhance the dynamic capability of the F-TYPE SVR, delivering the ultimate in chassis agility, precision, control and response, the SVO division was able to preserve the ride quality and inherent duality of character the F-TYPE is well known for; ensuring day-to-day usability and comfort have not been compromised.

Immediate benefits in terms of handling were found in large part to a significant weight savings in the F-TYPE SVR. With no optional equipment, the SVR weighs in 55-lbs (25kg) lighter than the AWD F-TYPE R, and as much as 110-lbs (50kg) lighter with options such as the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system and carbon fiber roof fitted. Optimized aerodynamics produce further gains in high speed drivability, a standard active rear spoiler delivers reductions in lift whether in the raised or lowered position.

These fundamental improvements are matched by a raft of other hardware and software changes designed to extract the full potential from every part of the chassis. The valves inside the continuously-variable dampers have been revised and the control software - the heart of the Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics system4 - has been recalibrated. The overall effect is that both low speed comfort and high speed control are improved.

The rear knuckle is also completely new. Now an intricate, weight-optimized aluminum die casting, the design of the part enables a 37 percent increase in camber stiffness and a 41 percent increase in toe stiffness, which translates into greater control of the tire contact patch and an even more connected steering feel.

While the rear anti-roll bar has been thickened, the front anti-roll bar diameter has been reduced slightly. Together with the revised damper control software, a unique tune for the Torque Vectoring system which is designed to enable more precise control of the braking applied to the inner wheels, the changes mitigate understeer - even at high corner entry speeds.

Fitted as standard with the Super Performance braking system featuring large, 380mm and 376mm front and rear steel brake discs, the F-TYPE SVR can be specified with the Jaguar Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system. Featuring even larger 398mm and 380mm discs and six- and four-piston monobloc calipers, the CCM system delivers exceptional braking performance with outstanding fade resistance, while the brake prefill system ensures consistent pedal feel, stop after stop.

Wider, specially-developed Pirelli P Zero 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 tires provide exceptional levels of grip with no detriment to ride quality or refinement compared to narrower tires. The range of 20x9J and 20x11J forged aluminum wheels deliver weight savings of up to 30.4-lbs (13.8kg) per vehicle, while an open spoke design improves brake cooling. Exclusive to the F-TYPE SVR, Coriolis wheels come standard in Satin Technical Grey and are optional in Gloss Black, and - for models fitted with the CCM braking system - Maelstrom wheels are available with a Satin Black polished finish.

AERODYNAMICS

Tasked with solving the often conflicting requirements of reducing drag and reducing lift, the SVO team designed a full suite of features which work together to improve dynamics, stability, performance and efficiency.

To cut drag, the front bumper was extended outward to mask as much of the wheels as possible. This helps the airflow to remain attached to the sides of the car, reducing drag.

The front valance and front undertray also contribute to drag reduction, but do much more to improve engine cooling as well. The louver design of the new hood vents uses the flow of air over the hood to help extract more hot air from the engine compartment, managing engine temperatures under load.

Apertures in the wheelarch liners help the high pressure air to escape through the fender vents, smoothing airflow and helping to reduce front-end lift.

An under-floor tray beneath the rear suspension accelerates the airflow, reducing pressure and therefore reducing lift. Aerodynamics are further enhanced by the rear venturi. Integrating this feature was only possible because of the design of the lightweight Inconel titanium exhaust system; using two individual rear silencers instead of a single transverse silencer enabled the venturi to be neatly packaged between them.

The single most effective device developed for the F-TYPE SVR is its deployable rear spoiler; the highly optimized design is both more effective and more aerodynamically-efficient in both raised and lowered positions.

With the car in normal mode, the spoiler deploys once vehicle speed reaches 60mph and 70mph for the Convertible and Coupe respectively2. The spoiler will also deploy automatically whenever the driver selects Dynamic mode. In this raised position, the spoiler, together with the other aerodynamic enhancements, enable a reduction in the drag and lift coefficients of the F-TYPE SVR by 2.5 percent and 15 percent respectively compared to the F-TYPE R with its spoiler deployed. When the spoiler on the F-TYPE SVR is in the lowered position, the corresponding improvements are 7.5 percent and 45 percent.

Exterior design options to complement the carbon fiber active rear spoiler include a carbon fiber roof panel on the coupe and a carbon fiber pack comprising the front chin spoiler, hood louvers, side vents, rear venturi blade, door mirror caps, as well as roll hoops for the convertible model

INTERIOR

A bespoke interior features exquisite detailing and the latest Jaguar infotainment system which support wearable technology make the F-TYPE SVR even more desirable.

The cabin gains cosseting 14-way SVR performance seats finished in Jet leather with a distinctive Lozenge Quilt pattern, contrast stitching and micro-piping and headrests embossed with the SVR logo. Customers also have the option of Siena Tan or Red leather upholstery.

The SVR Jet leather and optional Jet leather and suedecloth steering wheels feature black painted spoke outers and contrast stitching in a range of four colors. The unique anodized aluminum shift paddles are larger than those in other F-TYPE models to make changing gear even more instinctive.

The driver-focused theme of the ’one-plus-one’ layout is enhanced with a suedecloth covering for the instrument cluster and center console, reminiscent of the F-TYPE concept CX-16.

The 770W Meridian surround sound audio system, touch-screen navigation and infotainment6 with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio8 & HD Radio™ remain standard.

As well as the familiar Jaguar InControl® Apps™ smartphone connectivity5 and Jaguar InControl® Protect™ emergency and breakdown call system, the F-TYPE SVR also offers the latest Jaguar InControl® Remote™ functionality, which - for the ultimate in convenience - now supports wearable technology.

Partnering the InControl Remote app for iOS smartphones, is a companion app developed for the Apple Watch. Using this device, drivers can lock and unlock the doors, check key information such as fuel level or mileage, and locate the car on a map. InControl Remote even enables the driver to start the engine and set the climate control system temperature to pre-condition the cabin before the start of a journey. Nothing could be simpler.

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