Highlighting the rate of development of modern cars, it also matches the 0-62mph acceleration of the last-generation Audi R8 V10, launched in 2009. The F-Pace SVR’s top speed is rated at 176mph. As such, on paper, it outpunches such rivals as the Porsche Macan Turbo, which, in Performance Package set-up, produces 428bhp, hits 62mph in 4.4sec and has a top speed of 169mph. Jaguar used the Macan as a benchmark in the development of the car, along with performance estates from Audi Sport and Mercedes-AMG.
There are rivals that eclipse Jaguar’s performance claims for the 0-62mph sprint, including the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S (503bhp, 3.8sec to 62mph, 155mph top speed) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (503bhp, 3.8sec to 62mph, 176mph top speed).
Although the V8 has been used across previous Jaguar and Land Rover models in various states of tune – including in a more powerful 567bhp form in the F-Type SVR and Range Rover Sport SVR – the SVO engineering team has worked on giving it bespoke characteristics to suit the SUV’s dynamic abilities.
Mike Cross, Jaguar’s chief engineer for vehicle integrity, is also at pains to point out that the F-Pace SVR has not been built for straight-line performance alone. He said: “It delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically.”
A key component of the car’s dynamic performance is Jaguar’s rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD). The SVR model is the first F-Pace to use this system. It was initially developed for the F-Type and plays a central role on the SVR version of that car, helping to maximise torque to each wheel with the car’s all-wheel drive system. It has been tuned specifically for the F-Pace SVR, as has the adaptive suspension, electronic power-assisted steering set-up and the available driving modes, the most aggressive of which is called Dynamic and initiates faster gearshifts, sharper throttle responses and more alert steering behaviour.
Jaguar also says it has fitted springs that are 30% stiffer than the standard F-Pace’s at the front and 10% stiffer at the rear. Combined with a new anti-roll bar, they contribute to a 5% reduction in body roll.