Not just a pretty face, the F-Pace SVR is our favourite cat
Performance SUVs are one of life’s wicked pleasures. We like SUVs, we understand the practicality they offer while retaining an element of the traditional sedan. We’re not sure who asked the question of the world, ‘who needs performance SUVs’ but we’re hella glad Jaguar responded to the call.
As much as we know we shouldn’t, we love them as they retain something hedonistic and purist about motoring; big engines, turbo- and superchargers, a stupid amount of power, there’s no downsizing here and they sound like hell being raised.
The biggest and baddest of the performance SUVs belongs to Jaguar with the F-Pace SVR, every detail has been tweaked and fine-tuned for performance pleasure. Jaguar has paid special attention to five key elements in the build to ensure the SVR badging does the F-Pace justice.
… is everything as they say in F1. The most powerful engine is pointless if the body it’s travelling in is not built for speed. The air needs to be guided around and over a solid object for speed. The F-Pace SVR has visible aerodynamic elements on the bonnet and front skirt, and it has a few hidden aero elements, too. The vents behind each wheel aren’t simply for styling, they’re there to direct airflow and cool down brakes and associated mechanical parts.
The F-Pace SVR has specialised brakes, the two-piece discs are enlarged to 395 mm on the front and 396 mm on the rear. It may not seem like much, though compared to a Golf 7, which has 288 mm brake discs, it’s quite something. With great power comes great responsibility and with great power comes great braking needs.
It’s all well and good having a performance SVR with stiffened suspension and active mechanical wizardry to keep the body roll to a minimum through high speed corners, but like a bespoke suspension; sports seats are an integral part of any performance car and Jaguar has done them right. The slimline performance seats are designed to provide lateral support for both the driver and passengers, keeping your pelvis and torso snuggly nestled in so you can focus on driving. For added design elements, all the seats are embossed with the SVR logo on the headrest, just in case you need reminding of what you’re driving.
Okay, let’s call it what it is, a growl. Engines that have been blessed by the SVR division have a certain growl, the 405kW rattling around the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine in the F-Pace SVR has a distinctive audio thanks to the Variable Valve Active Exhaust System.
Based on Jaguar’s flagship F-Type coupe and sharing a powerplant, the F-Pace SVR gets from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, a blisteringly fast time when you consider the size and weight of the F-Pace SVR. The twin Vortex supercharger aids in getting 680 Nm from the V8, the 8-speed quickshift auto gearbox and AWD system keeps the F-Pace SVR on the tarmac.
Cheaper and growlier than it’s German counterpart the Jaguar F-Pace SVR retails from R 1 571 728 with Jaguar’s standard 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan and warranty.