Feeling that its 550-horsepower, supercharged V8 F-Type R wasn’t cutting the Grey Poupon like it should, Jaguar just released a teaser of something more ominous and orange for track fanatics. Aptly named the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR, this insane serving of high-class whoop-ass is slated to make its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 1 and will later go on sale sometime during the summer of 2016 for a yet to be disclosed sum.
Jaguar claims that the SVR will be capable of accelerating to 200 miles per hour, and since this track-tuned F-Type will be the first of its kind to bare the SVR badge (Special Vehicle Operations), it reportedly has been redeveloped in order to exploit every ounce of potential the chassis carries with it. Having said that, let’s not forget that this is a British automaker that still is commonly referred to as a “luxury specialist,” so don’t expect to find a bare bones interior or the absence of a navi.
While in attendance at a press conference, Jaguar told us point blank that it has a pretty aggressive offensive strategy in place for 2016. Its cars may not be in everyone’s budget, but JLR is doing all it can to make the most of its position in America’s increasingly competitive automotive market, and here is why its plan of attack might just pay off in spades: Many of you may have noticed that as of late Jaguar has been throwing marketing dollars around like crumpets at a stag party, and while this is important for attracting attention, it’s what is going on behind the scenes that interests us.
After receiving over $650 million in funding for its U.K. assembly plant from its India-based parent company Tata Motors, Jaguar genuinely appears to be on the upswing in relation to quality, reliability, and enjoyability as it continues to build upon a plan to offer buyers more than just a comfy set of seats and a big V8 engine. Jaguar’s unique aluminum-intensive architecture is making its way onto more models, thus making its offerings stiffer, swifter, and safer too.
Now as for the testosterone-stimulating F-Type SVR, well, let’s just say that the British automaker has something a little more “extreme” in store for those who dare to walk on the wild side.
Designed to be lighter, faster, and more powerful than even the F-Type R, the new SVR will attempt a triple attack upon traditional notions of “performance, dynamics, and driver involvement,” all in the hopes of raising the bar to a new level.
“The new F-Type SVR is the first series production Jaguar car to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design,” says John Edwards, managing director for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “The result is a 200 mph, 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.”
By backpedaling to the Range Rover Sport SVR that rocked our socks off, we can safely assume that a few key characteristics will likely be implemented in this extra evil rendition of the already aggressive roadster. All of that restyled aero you saw in the video on the previous page is completely purpose-built, so don’t expect anything less than carbon fiber or at least FRP composites. It’s also safe to say that the F-Type’s adaptive suspension will likely get a fresh set of springs with stiffer rates while its dampers get recalibrated for tighter handling, and a fatter set of sway bars make their way underneath to reduce body roll.
That aforementioned titanium exhaust will likely get a silencer button like what we found on the RR SVR in order for owners to remain on good terms with any decibel-sensitive neighbors and for quieter highway cruising. Since the F-Type R already puts down a sizable 550-horsepower head count, the SVR builds on that with 575, all mated to an available manual gearbox in true Jaguar fashion for those of us who prefer to not lose touch with the clutch.
Destined to join forces with the rest of its 2017 model year F-Type Coupe and Convertible brethren, the new SVR will surely be one of the most talked about cars at Geneva when full details on it get released on February 17.