Jaguar is now taking orders for what is described as the fastest version of its F-Type sports car yet built.
Its convertible sister returns the same 0-60mph time but tops out at 195mph, while both variants return combined cycle fuel economy of 25mpg and CO2 emissions of 269g/km.
The F-Type SVR is set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March, with first customers receiving their cars in summer 2016 at a price from £110,000 for the Coupe and £115,485 for the Convertible.
Currently the most powerful Coupe, the F-Type R in 541bhp 5.0 V8 Supercharged AWD format, costs £91,660 and offers a 4.1-second sprint time and a 186mph top speed. Its mileage and emissions figures match those of the SVR.
The SVR achieves its extra pace through a wide-ranging programme of upgrades. It too is all-wheel-drive, and uses the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, but producing 566bhp, plus a torque figure boosted from 502 to 516lbft.
Allied to the extra power is a weight saving, of at least 25kg over the F-Type R and as much as 50kg depending on options fitted such as the carbon ceramic brake package and carbon fibre roof. The SVR includes an uprated chassis, lighter 20-inch aluminium forged wheels with wider tyres acted on new dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles.
The exhaust is changed too, a titanium and Inconel system which both adds more muscle to the engine note and saves 16kg alone. And the car’s electronics are all retuned, bespoke calibrations being applied to the Quickshift transmission and the Electric Power-Assisted Steering, Adaptive Dynamics, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control and All-Wheel Drive systems.
Marking out the SVR on the inside, the seats are upholstered in a bespoke Lozenge Quilt pattern, the instrument binnacle and centre console coated in a suede cloth, a specific SVR steering wheel added along with anodised aluminium paddle shifters.
According to Jaguar design director Ian Callum, creating the F-Type SVR has allowed the company to do something dramatic with what is already a special car. “Every additional form, line or component is there for a reason, and contributes to the car’s increased performance as well as its presence,” Callum says.
“Cutting-edge aerodynamics have always been fundamental to Jaguar design, and everything from the enlarged air intakes to the active rear wing is essential to the dramatic looks and 200mph potential of the new F-Type SVR.”
In action – Jaguar’s F-Type SVR…