MOST WANTED - Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Jaguar Land Rover has finally revealed local pricing for its fastest and most powerful SUV - the F-Pace SVR.
The F-Pace SVR has been engineered by JLR's Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO), and features a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under its muscular vented bonnet. While the same motor produces 423kw and 700nm in the F-Type SVR and Range Rover Sport SVR, it has been detuned for the slightly smaller F-Pace, with output now standing at 405kw and 680nm. According to Jaguar, that’s enough to rocket this super-SUV from 0-100kph in just 4.3 seconds and onto a 283kph top speed.
Aerodynamic enhancements include larger air intakes at the front and side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheel arches, reducing lift and providing additional cooling while also assisting with high-speed stability. At the rear, a unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper housing the new active exhaust system’s quad tailpipes.
New, lightweight forged 21- and optional 22-inch alloy wheels are wider at the rear by 25mm compared to the front and contribute to the SVR’s enhanced handling. The 22-inch wheels are 2.4kg lighter on the front and 1.7kg lighter on the rear, and are designed to deliver greater airflow to the uprated larger 395mm front and 396mm rear brake discs.
Stiffer springs also feature – 30% in the front, 10% in the rear - ensuring there’s less body roll in corners. The SVR utilizes a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD), and works in conjunction with a comprehensive range of advanced technologies, each calibrated to deliver increased on-road performance and handling.
Inside, the SVR comes with slimline performance quilted leather seats with SVR detailing, similarly-styled rear seats, an SVR-branded leather and aluminium steering wheel, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a Touch Pro infotainment system that includes a 10-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
The F-Pace SVR is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in early 2019, at a price of R1 453 300. Interestingly, it trounces its rivals in terms of sheer power, whilst offering a price advantage too. The 375kw Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is priced at R1 579 282, the 324kw Porsche Macan Turbo Performance is priced at R1 540 000, and the 375kw Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV is expected to carry a pricetag of some R1 600 000, making the F-Pace SVR something of a performance bargain in this company.
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