The letters ‘SVR’ are starting to become repeatedly associated with some very interesting automobiles. Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has slowly been taking over the firms’ respective performance cars, adding a bit of extra aggression to already-quick machines. The Range Rover Sport SVR, F-Type SVR, Project 7 and Project 8 are all examples of what this special team can do. Now SVO has had the opportunity to enhance the highest-selling Jag in recent years, the F-Pace. From what we can see, it looks very good.
The high-performance F-Pace is now powered by the 5-liter, supercharged V8 initially introduced in the F-Type. It’s one of the best sounding production engines you can buy today, which means the SVR is already off to a great start. That engine also produces 542 horsepower and 502 lb ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 in this family-friendly SUV happens in 4.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 176 mph.
In the looks department, the F-Pace has always been a handsome car, and the SVR has to be the best-looking variant yet. Models with the ‘SVR’ moniker usually receive a number of cosmetic modifications to aid performance that aren’t what you’d call subtle. The wing on the F-Type or the exposed carbon hood on the new Range Rover SVR exemplify this perfectly. However, the F-Pace SVR bucks that trend. Its bigger grille, hood and fender vents, and revised bumpers add a notable bit of aggression without screaming to your neighbors that you bought the most expensive F-Pace. I think it looks fantastic, and the styling provides those quad tailpipes the chance to do the real talking.
Altogether, the F-Pace SVR is an attractive proposition. It provides all the practicality you’d expect from a mid-sized SUV in addition to a fantastic design and dramatic soundtrack. We look forward to seeing these hit the roads later this year. For more on Jaguar and the rest of the highlights from the New York International Auto Show, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.