Jaguar F-TYPE SVR
The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show, 3rd to 13th March 2016, and will go on sale in the summer 2016.
Capable of 200mph, the new F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR and is developed to exploit the two-seat aluminium sports car's full potential while retaining its day-to-day usability.
Lighter, faster and more powerful, the new F-TYPE SVR takes performance, dynamics and driver involvement to a new level yet retains the comfort and duality of character inherent to all Jaguar cars.
"The new F-TYPE SVR is the first series production Jaguar to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design. The result is a 200mph, all-weather supercar that you can drive every day - we even made a Convertible version so that enthusiasts can revel in the sound from the new titanium exhaust system." - John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations
Raising the output of Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to 575PS and 700Nm enables the F-TYPE SVR to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. Maximum speed of the Coupé model is 200mph, the Convertible 195mph.
The F-TYPE R is already a benchmark in the sports car segment but this model represented the starting point for development of the F-TYPE SVR. Everything which contributes to performance and vehicle dynamics has been meticulously re-evaluated, re-engineered and optimised still further.
Enlarged air intakes in the front bumper together with revised charge air coolers and redesigned bonnet vents deliver corresponding improvements in cooling system performance and powertrain efficiency.
The new lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system can withstand higher peak temperatures, reduces backpressure and saves 16kg - a weight reduction which exceeds the demanding target set during development. Compared to the F-TYPE R's stainless steel system, Inconel's increased thermal resistance meant that wall thickness could be halved to just 0.6mm.
The new 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 F-TYPE SVR's performance character still further. Even the valves themselves are made from titanium because this is the ultimate lightweight solution. The four round tailpipes are distinguished by discreet SVR branding.
To make the most of the increased engine output, the eight-speed Quickshift transmission gains a new calibration. Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tyres (10mm wider than the F-TYPE R), and optimising the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system's Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, this delivers the F-TYPE SVR's outstanding launch behaviour and immediacy of response.
The changes to IDD and 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) system, this enhances traction and dynamics - on all surfaces and in all weathers - while preserving the F-TYPE SVR's rear-wheel drive character and handling balance.
Selecting Dynamic mode will enable the enthusiast driver to fully explore the F-TYPE SVR's capability, 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 grip.
The gains in performance and driveability do not come at the expense of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: compared to the F-TYPE R, the figures on the European combined cycle remain unchanged at 25mpg and 269g/km respectively.
Jaguar Land Rover
Author Mathias Haegglund
Published Wed. 17th of Feb 2016
Updated Wed. 17th of Feb 2016