February 16, 2016, 9:35 PM
Jaguar is taking full advantage of the F-Type’s lightweight aluminum construction by creating the fastest model ever, the SVR.
The all-wheel drive coupe and convertible models are not only lighter and more powerful, they’re also more aerodynamically efficient and better handling, to provide a more rewarding overall driving experience … year-round.
“The purity of the F-TYPE’s form is something truly special, but in designing the new F-TYPE SVR we had the opportunity to create something even more dramatic,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design. “Every additional form, line or component is there for a reason, and contributes to the car’s increased performance as well as its presence.”
Among the aerodynamic enhancements are a unique front bumper and splitter, flat underbody, an active rear wing made of carbonfibre, and a rear diffuser. They not only enhance the car’s handling an stability, but also its looks.
“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 new F-TYPE SVR’s dramatic looks and 200mph potential,” says Callum.
In the SVR F-Type, the Jaguar supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 puts out 567 hp and makes 516 lb-ft of torque, enabling the car to go from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds, and helps it reach a top speed of 322 km/h (314 in the convertible). A titanium and inconel (a corrosion resistant iron/chromium/nickel alloy) saves 16 kg in weight over the conventional exhaust system, while delivering a more inspiring note.
Created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division off the F-Type R all-wheel drive models, the SVR is about 25 kg lighter than the R, and as much as 50 kg once some options are applied. For example, a Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system can be added to the SVR. It weighs roughly 21kg less than the standard brake system (while improving brake fade).
“With (567 hp), less weight, an uprated chassis and bespoke calibrations for the transmission and all-wheel drive system, performance is even more accessible and exploitable,” says John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “Our objective was to take everything that our customers love about F-Type — the performance, the handling, the sound, the design — and take it to a whole new level. This is a car that SVO has developed for true enthusiasts but it’s one that can be enjoyed every day.”
The interior is also enhanced, with a choice of colours, including a baseball-glove colour, in unique Lozenge Quilt pattern and suedecloth-touchpoints.
The cars are due to have their global debuts at the beginning of March at the Geneva Motor Show and go on sale about four months later, in summer 2016. British prices are set at £110,000 for the Coupé and £115,485 for the Convertible (roughly $218,300 and $229,200 Canadian, respectively). We expect to hear about plans and prices (if applicable) for North America at the car’s introduction.
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