The quickest and most powerful F-Type in existence

Ever since Jaguar Land Rover established the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, there have been rumors of a full lineup of performance vehicles ranging from sports cars to SUVs. Naturally, the Jaguar F-Type was expected to get the most attention, especially since SVO already created the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7. Spy shots from 2014 suggested an SVR-badged model is also underway, in both coupe and convertible body styles.

While the drop-top has been spotted stretching its legs on public roads more than once in 2014, the coupe didn’t come out to play until 2015, when our tenacious paparazzi caught it in action somewhere in Europe. Now, Jaguar confirmed that the F-Type SVR is set to make its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and released the official photos and technical details, putting an end to more than a year of intense speculation about the range-topping F-Type model.

Find out what this hardcore F-Type is all about in the review below and stay tuned for live photos from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

Updated 03/04/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Click the "Pictures" tab to check them out!

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  • 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    8-speed Quickshift
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    575 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph
  • Price:
    125950 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

0Exterior0

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The outlets are identical to the Project 7's as far as size goes, but they're shaped a bit differently and have black vertical inserts toward the outer edge.

Not surprisingly, the F-Type SVR is very similar to the limited-edition Project 7 styling-wise, featuring a much more aggressive body kit compared to the R model. Up front, the most noticeable changes lie in the bumper, which received massive intakes on each side of the main grille. The outlets are identical to the Project 7’s as far as size goes, but they’re shaped a bit differently and have black vertical inserts toward the outer edge. Down below, there’s a large splitter that seems thinner than the Project 7. The grille on the other hand, remained unchanged from the F-Type R, sporting the same horizontal bar below the Jaguar emblem and "SVR" logo.

Moving over to the sides, we notice only mild modifications compared to the standard model. There are black-painted mirror caps instead of the regular body-colored elements, and new forged wheels that are 22 pounds lighter than the standard rollers. Everything else appears to be the same as on the F-Type R, including the fenders and the side skirts.

Around back, the SVR stands out by way of a new diffuser and a retractable rear wing. While the diffuser is not as aggressive as the Project 7’s, it’s a significant improvement over the R’s. The wing is also smaller than the Project 7’s, but the extra downforce it provides should give the SVR enhanced aerodynamics and stability at high speeds. On top of that, it gives the coupe a race-ready appearance only the Project 7 had until now.

1Exterior Dimensions1

Length (in.) 176
Width - mirrors folded (in.) 75.7
Height (in.) 51.6
Wheelbase (in.) 103.2
Track front/ rear (in.) 62.4/ 63.4
Weight (lbs.) From 3,759

0Interior0

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Much like the exterior, the interior of the SVR is packed with bespoke features that can’t be had with other F-Type models. First up are the 14-way SVR performance seats wrapped in soft leather. Upholstery options include Jet, Siena Tan or Red, but all of them come with a Lozenge Quilt pattern, contrast stitching, micro-piping, and headrests embossed with the SVR logo. The steering wheel is also unique to this model. Available in either Jet leather or Jet leather with suede cloth, it features black-painted spokes, and contrast stitching in a range of four colors. Behind it, there are anodized aluminum shift paddles that are larger than those in other F-Type models.

Highlights also include a suede cloth covering for the instrument cluster and center console, which Jaguar says is reminiscent of the CX-16 concept.

Standard features also include the touchscreen navigation and infotainment system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio, the 770-watt Meridican sound system, InControl Apps, and InControl Protect emergency and breakdown call system. Additionally, the SVR gets the latest InControl Remote function, which now supports wearable technology such as the Apple Watch. Using this device, drivers can lock and unlock the doors, check information such as fuel level or mileage, locate the car on a map, and even start the engine and set the climate control system temperature. Now that’s a really cool feature.

0Drivetrain0

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As expected, the SVR uses the same supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 available in all performance-oriented Jaguars and Range Rovers, but with the same horsepower output as the Project 7. Specifically, the SVR’s engine cranks out 575 PS (567 horsepower) and 700 Nm (516 pound-feet) of twist. While it has the same amount of horses as the Project 7, the SVR is a bit torquier than its race-bred sibling, having 14 extra pound-feet at its disposal.

The SVR needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, which makes nearly a half-second quicker than the R model

Being a V-8-powered Jag, the mill mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The ZF-sourced gearbox has been recalibrated to reduce shift times and increase torque availability during launch. The wider tires and the optimized AWD system also contribute to the SVR’s fantastic performance.

Stick and three-pedal fans will probably be disappointed by this, but at least the automatic will provide incredibly fast shifts for the quickest acceleration times out there. Speaking of which, the SVR needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, which makes nearly a half-second quicker than the R model and a tenth-second quicker than the Project 7.

Top speed is also higher than any other F-Type at 200 mph. The convertible version tops out at 194 mph, which is also impressive.

The improved performance is also the result of a lower curb weight. The wheels are 22 pounds lighter, the optional ceramic brakes weigh 46 pounds less than the standard rotors, while the titanium exhaust system saves another 26 pounds. That’s 96 pounds from only three revised components!

1Drivetrain Specifications1

Engine capacity (cc) 5,000
Cylinders V8 Supercharged
Valves per cylinder 4; DOHC
Bore/ stroke (in) 3.64/ 3.66
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel injection 150bar direct injection
Power 575 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 516 LB-FT @ 3,500-5,000 RPM
Transmission 8-speed Quickshift
0-60mph (sec) 3.5
Top Speed 200 MPH

0Chassis, Suspension and Brakes0

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The F-Type SVR also received an enhanced suspension system. Tweaked to deliver improved agility, precision, control, and response, the revised suspension is said to deliver the same ride quality available with the standard F-Type, making the SVR a comfortable day-to-day vehicle. Modifications include a new rear knuckle, a thicker rear anti-roll bar, revised damper control software, a unique setup for the torque vectoring system, and and an optimized Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics system.

Stopping power comes from Jaguar's Super Performance braking system with 380 mm and 376 mm discs front and rear.

Stopping power comes from Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system with 380 mm and 376 mm discs front and rear. Optionally, the SVR can be equipped with the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) system featuring 398 mm and 380 mm discs and six- and four-piston calipers front and rear, respectively.

The braking system is hidden behind lightweight, 20-inch, forged aluminum wheels wrapped in specially-developed Pirelli P Zero 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 tires. The rims feature an SVR-exclusive Coriolis design and are finished in Satin Technical Grey as standard and Gloss Black for models fitted with the CCM braking system. Maelstrom wheels are also available in polished Satin Black.

0Prices0

Pricing for the F-Type SVR starts from $125,950 for the coupe and from $128,800 for the convertible. This sticker slots the SVR between the R and the limited-edition Project 7, priced at $103,000 and $165,000, respectively.

0Competition0

12015 Porsche 911 Turbo S1

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The F-Type and the 911 may have very little in common, but it’s more than obvious that Jaguar developed its halo sports car for the same league. The current 911 Turbo comes with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine under its rear lid. But despite having smaller displacement and using fewer cylinders, the unit pumps out 580 horsepower in Turbo S spec, which launches the sports car to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. Performance-wise, the Turbo S is the big winner here.

Moreover, on top of being packed with luxury goodies, the Turbo S is also one of the most efficient sports cars in its segment. The coupe is estimated to return 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, figures the F-Type SVR likely won’t be able to match with a supercharged V-8 under the hood. Pricing is where the Turbo S comes at a disadvantage, though, as it starts from $182,700.

Learn more about the 911 Turbo S in our full review here.

12015 Chevrolet Corvette Z061

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Although it’s significantly larger than the F-Type, the seventh-generation Corvette is the type of vehicle a lot of customers will likely cross-shop with the Jag. Additionally, it’s the only American option to feature an automatic transmission, and, unlike the 911 Turbo S, it has a front-engine layout.

New for 2015, the Z06 is the most aggressive version of the C7 Corvette yet, featuring not only a race-bred body kit, but a supercharged V-8 too. The newly developed 6.2-liter LT4 cranks out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, placing it above its direct competitors and into near-supercar territory. It’s incredibly quick from 0 to 60 mph, at 2.95 seconds, and hits a mind-boggling top speed of 205 mph. Making things that much better is that the base model costs only $78,995. (Um, that’s two 911 Turbo S’s with change.)

Learn more about it here.

0Conclusion0

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Granted, the F-Type SVR is exciting news. Having already seen the Project 7, it’s fantastic that Jaguar manage to improve the F-Type’s performance yet again, while also offering a perfect blend of luxury and sportiness. I could rant about the lack of a manual tranny and the absence of a RWD version, but the F-Type SVR is the quickest and most powerful Jag you can buy and it deserves all the respect it can get.

  • Leave it
    • * Pretty expensive
    • * No manual transmission
    • * The 911 remains the king of force-fed sports car realm

0Updated History0

Updated 02/17/2016: Jaguar dropped the official details and images on the new F-Type SVR Coupe. The model will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in the summer of 2016 at a starting price of $125,950.

Updated 01/27/2016: Jaguar officially confirmed that the new F-Type SVR will be officially unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. However, we will get to see the first details on the car on February 17, 2016 - so stay tuned!

Updated 01/22/2016: A leaked brochure revealed the first information on the upcoming F-Type SVR - aka the most powerful F-Type ever.

Updated 09/18/2015: The upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe was caught testing around Nurburgring once again. While the car is still heavily camouflaged, one thing is for sure: its engine sounds amazing. Enjoy!

0Spy Shots0

1July 7, 2015 - Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe caught wearing its full production body1

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Press Release

February 16, 2016 - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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