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Jaguar F-PACE SVR escapes JLR model cull





The Jaguar F-PACE SVR has survived the drastic model range ‘reform’ now under way at cash-strapped Jaguar Land Rover, following a 12-month pause in the global launch of the first V8-powered F-PACE.

This week’s Australian launch of JLR’s third SVR model, the Jaguar F-PACE SVR, is proof that all systems are go again at the British brand’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

Further evidence will come with the Range Rover Velar SVR, which our sources confirm will become JLR’s fourth SVR model following the Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-TYPE and F-PACE SVRs.

Like the F-PACE SVR on which it’s based, the Velar SVR will come with JLR’s bahstorming supercharged 5.0-litre V8 matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and SVO-tuned body, chassis and interior package.

Unlike the F-PACE, it won’t be the first time a V8 has been fitted to the Velar, which already packs the same 405kW/680Nm blown V8 as the F-PACE SVR in range-topping SVAutobiography form.

But given the Velar SVR will be more expensive than the Velar SVA (currently $176,410), it won’t match the value equation of the F-PACE SVR, which costs $140,262 plus on-road costs.

At that price the Jaguar is not only JLR’s cheapest SVR model by a big margin (the Rangie Sport costs $238,829 and the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR $297,242, although both offer higher 423kW/700Nm outputs).

The Jaguar F-PACE SVR is also more affordable than its only other V8-powered luxury SUV rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S ($165,035 plus ORCs), which delivers less power but more torque (375kW/700Nm) and is quicker (0-100km/h in 3.8sec).

Unsurprisingly, between 30 and 40 orders have already been placed for the Jaguar F-PACE SVR since Australian pricing was announced in April.

Vital statistics for the fastest F-PACE, which runs a 6.6kg-lighter stainless steel variable valve active exhaust, include claimed 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.3 seconds, a quarter-mile (400m) time of just 12.3 seconds and a 283km/h top speed.

While 21-inch alloy wheels are standard, optional 22-inch forged alloys are said to shave off 2.4kg at the front and 1.7kg at the rear, where they are 25mm wider. Braking is via huge 395mm front and 396mm rear disc brakes with lighter red Brembo callipers.

Other mechanical changes include an uprated eight-speed automatic transmission, revised sports suspension with adaptive Bilstein dampers, higher spring rates (up 30 per cent at the front and 10 per cent at rear) and revised anti-roll bars that contributes to a five per cent reduction in body roll.

There’s also an active electronic rear differential and retuned electric steering, torque vectoring by braking and stability control systems.

Unlike the Range Rover Sport SVR, whose all-wheel drive torque split is locked at 50/50 per cent front/rear, the Jaguar SUV can send up to 100 per cent to the back.

The Jaguar F-PACE SVR is distinguished by a bespoke body kit comprising beefier bumpers, a gloss-black grille, fluted side skirts, unique rear spoiler, specific underbody panels and functional satin grey vents in the bonnet and front quarter guards, plus quad tailpipes with 95mm outlets.

Inside the luxury leather-lined interior there are new 14-way power-adjustable slimline sports bucket seats with signature lozenge quilting and embossed SVR logos, a Sports Shift Selector to replace the rotary dial gear shifter, leather SVR steering wheel with aluminium paddles, Suedecloth Ebony headlining, Luxtec wrapped instrument panel, mesh aluminium trim and SVR carpet mats.

As well as a range of exterior paint colours, four interior colour options are available: Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet and Jet with Light Oyster stitching.

Other features are as per mainstream F-PACE models, including a 508-litre cargo space, 10-inch Touch Pro touch-screen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 4G Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight devices and a 380-Watt Meridian sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety equipment extends to Emergency Brake Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor, Adaptive LED headlights with washers, LED tail-lights, Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Rear View Camera, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, 360-degree Parking Aid and rain-sensing wipers.

There’s also front and rear seat heating, front seat cooling, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting and auto-dimming interior mirror.

Yet there are still options, led by the $4589 Driver Assist Pack comprising Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lane Control, Surround Camera System, Blind Spot Assist, Reverse Traffic Detection, Park Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking.

Then there’s a fixed panoramic sunroof with electric sunblind ($3570), head-up display with solar windscreen ($2650), 22-inch alloys ($2210), DAB+ digital radio ($950), privacy glass ($950), configurable ambient lighting ($780) and rear seat remote release ($120).