The performance SUV comes with increased torque, better tech features, and a whole lot of tweaks to aid its drive dynamics

Not too long ago, Jaguar updated the F-Pace for the 2021 model year. The SUV came with a lot of changes inside out. Now, the company has updated the performance version of the SUV – the F-Pace SVR. It comes with a few external tweaks, mostly that enhance the ride quality, some changes inside the cabin, and the biggest of them all, increased torque output and better performance figures. Does the SVR now qualify to be the best performance SUV that Jaguar has to offer?

  • 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
  • Year:
    2021
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    542
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    178 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4 sec.
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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What’s New On The Outside?

  • New LED headlights and DRLs
  • New LED taillights
  • New 22-inch Forged Black Wheels
  • Vents and apertures to improve airflow
  • Improved coefficient of drag
  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8-inspired mesh grille
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The visible changes are the standard stuff you expect from a refresh. It looks a little more aggressive and sharper, like slimmer headlights, more cuts and creases, etc. But, what’s not visible are the tweaks and add-ons made to it that make it a better performer and increases the aerodynamic efficiency.

Some new vents and apertures increase the airflow for the brake and powertrain cooling. Courtesy of these changes, the new F-Pace SVR now boasts 35-percent reduced lift and a drag coefficient of 0.36, down from 0.37.
2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Exterior
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Coming to the changes, there’s a new grille with the SVR badging that is inspired by the design on the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. Other significant changes include a redesigned bumper that features X-shape and blade-like elements within the lower side air vents and intakes, and an enlarged lower intake to improve the airflow. These things also make the front end look lower than the current model.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Exterior
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There are new LED headlights with the signatures Double-J Daytime Running Lights, new LED taillights that are similar to the ones seen on the I-Pace, and new 22-inch forged wheels finished in Gloss Narvik Black with Satin Grey inserts. Overall, the SUV looks smarter and the changes made to it will aid its performance capabilities better.

What’s New On The Inside?

  • New optional leather seats
  • Alcantara and Windsor leather all around
  • 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display
  • 11.4-inch Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system
  • Supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (optional)
  • Active Road Noise Cancellation technology
  • New driver assistance features
2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Interior
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Jaguar has made use of more premium material inside the cabin apart from the technology upgrades. The seats and doors are finished in Alcantara and other elements are upholstered in Windsor leather. New optional slimline semi-aniline leather sports seats are now on offer that feature unique embroidery and perforations. The automaker has even upgraded the drive selector for a “more performance-focused feel”. Most of the elements also receive the SVR badging in different forms, be it on the headrests, steering wheel, or the drive selector.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Interior
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Step into the driver’s seat and you’ll notice a neat 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which Jaguars prefers calling the “HD Interactive Driver Display”. It throws a ton of data, including full-screen navigation, infotainment, details, and so on. A Head-up Display is also available as optional. The automaker has swapped the 10-inch touchscreen on the center console with a new 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen. It runs on Pivi Pro infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay as standard, but Android Auto is optional. It comes with a dual-sim technology to stream media and downloads over-the-air updates.

The other features inside the cabin include Active Road Noise Cancellation technology that basically monitors vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants. Many moons back, the company also announced that it is working on an anti-motion sickness technology. Perhaps, it works on a similar foundation and we could see it feature in the coming years.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Interior
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Jaguar has also introduced the second-generation wearable Activity Key that can be used to access and start the F-Pace SVR. It replaces the conventional key fob. Driver Assistance features like Clear Exit Monitor and Adaptive Cruise Control are also present. The U.K.-spec models also benefit from a Guardian Mode. There is also stuff like the 3-D camera that works in real-time and cabin air ionization. The 2021 F-Pace received a 14-speaker Meridian sound system and ambient lighting, but there’s no word about the same in the F-Pace SVR.

What’s Under The Hood?

  • 5.0-liter, V-8 supercharged engine
  • 542 Horsepower
  • 516 Pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic gearbox
  • Active all-wheel-drive system
  • New steering system setup
  • Switchable active exhaust system
  • Re-tuned suspension setup
2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Exterior
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The Jaguar F-Pace SVR is still powered by the same 5.0-liter, V-8 supercharged engine that dishes out 542 horses. However, the torque has increased from 502 pound-feet to 516 pound-feet.

This doesn’t seem like a lot, but coupled with the changes made to the aerodynamics, the SUV can now sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds, making it three-tenths of a second quicker than its predecessor. The top speed is rated at 178 mph, two mph more than the model SVR.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Exterior
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The engine is paired to the same eight-speed transmission that was used in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sedan. Power is sent to all the wheels via an active all-wheel-drive system. Furthermore, there’s an electronically controlled active rear differential and torque vectoring by braking. The SUV comes with configurable dynamics and features A stopwatch, G-Meter, and pedal graph also help the driver to monitor the performance,

The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR comes with a whole of other changes, too. It features a new steering system with revised calibration that’s unique to SVR. The dampers are re-tuned for a stiffer setup that makes the ride feel more connected and mechanical. The SVR also benefits from other software upgrades and tuning that result in a sharper throttle response. The company also noted that an integrated Power Booster has uprated the braking performance and offers more confidence. Finally, there’s the switchable active exhaust system with a quad-pipe setup.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR specifications
Engine 5.0-liter, V-8 supercharged
Horsepower 542 HP
Torque 516 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.8 seconds
Top Speed 178 mph

Final Thoughts

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Exterior
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In the U.K., the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is priced at £77,595 (on the road), which is approximately $100,000 as per the exchange rates at the time of writing this article. The U.S.-spec SVR’s pricing is not revealed, but the 2020 model starts at $80,600; so except a price hike considering the changes made to the SUV for the 2021 model year.

  • Leave it
    • Will be even pricier
    • Horsepower same as before
    • Misses out on some features vis-à-vis the U.K.-spec SVR
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