The Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division developed the company’s lightest, quickest, most powerful F-TYPE with functional enhancements to the chassis, driveline, and aerodynamics.
Developed to exploit the lightweight aluminum sports car’s full potential — and up to 110 pounds lighter when fitted with options that include the CCM brake system, carbon fiber roof panel and carbon fiber pack — the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and, in coupe trim, joins an elite club of cars capable of accelerating to 200 mph. Making this possible is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that develops 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, and enhanced aerodynamics that reduce lift and drag.
Enlarged air intakes in the front bumper, together with revised charge air coolers and redesigned hood vents, deliver corresponding improvements in cooling system performance and powertrain efficiency.
A new lightweight Inconel titanium exhaust system reduces backpressure and eliminates 35 pounds of mass from the vehicle. In addition to titanium’s inherent lightness over stainless steel, the exhaust system in the SVR features a unique split muffler design — opposed to a single box in the F-TYPE R – which further reduces weight and facilitates the design of the rear under-tray for enhanced aerodynamic performance.
Tucked under the sculpted wheel wells are 265- and 305-section front and rear tires (10mm wider than the F-TYPE R) that optimize the all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology. The upgraded chassis of the F-TYPE SVR features new dampers, anti-roll bars, lightweight 20-inch forged wheels, and new, stiffer rear knuckles.
Jaguar has opened its books for customers who want to order the 2017 F-TYPE SVR ahead of the global auto show debut at the Geneva Motor Show, March 1. Prices start from $125,950 for the Coupe and $128,800 for the Convertible. Deliveries of the F-TYPE SVR will begin from Summer 2016.
The Ford Mustang GT and the Jaguar F-TYPE don’t compete head-to-head, but they both aspire to be great sports cars in their own unique way. Watch this TFLcar ‘mashup’ video to find out which one is faster around a track and in a straight up drag race.