We've had a chat with JLR SVO dynamics manager David Pook to find out what characteristics to expect in the hottest F-Pace
Jim Holder
28 March 2018

Jaguar is making some big promises with the new F-Pace SVR - none less bold than the suggestion that it can shoulder-barge past the Porsche Macan.

To see if this promise is backed up by hardware, we speak to the man who oversaw chassis development for the 542bhp SUV, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) dynamics manager David Pook.

Why an SVR SUV and not a saloon?

“I’ve been at Jaguar for 18 years and seen the transition in the market and my own life. With modern lifestyles, roads as they are, the usability factor has become important for performance cars over the years. SUVs have been part of that transition, so it makes complete sense to do a performance version of an SUV. It’s the best of both worlds.”

542bhp Jaguar F-Pace SVR squares up to Porsche Macan Turbo

What did you benchmark the F-Pace SVR against?

“My expectation is for Macan-type customers and those of faster estates like AMGs and RS6s. Why do they want them and how do they use them? There was a clear focus on Macan and, to be honest, we quickly surpassed the performance of that with the powertrain we have, so we spent the time focusing on the way it drove.”

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Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport 2016 road test review

Jaguar takes a typically sporting approach with the F-Pace, but it isn't quite enough to better its sibling, the Land Rover Discovery Sport

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What are the specific challenges of creating a performance SUV?

“When doing a taller car, you add in stiffness, make the roll bars bigger and stiffer to give performance credentials. But you need usability and can’t make it ridiculously tough to ride. So you add some tech – the adaptive dampers. It can be soft and comfortable when needed and then more with the driving modes. There’s also been just a lot of sheer hard work with this car and time spent tuning it to get the comfort, control and sporty credentials.”

The F-Type SVR was a more comfortable car than other F-Types. Was that a goal here?

“When we did F-Type SVR, we took a step back: what did we want to improve? We had the opportunity to make it ride better by looking at the hardware, so why not take it?

“With the F-Pace, we were in a similar position. You could argue now it’s a more expensive, sophisticated ride but we didn’t say: ‘Let’s make it ride better.’ Instead, it was to make it as good as it can be, with the ride quality it should have, and the sporty feel and agility.”

Read more 

Range Rover Sport SVR review 

Range Rover Sport review 

Jaguar F-Pace review 

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28 March 2018
Did you ask him how they managed to make this thing weigh well over 2000kg's. AC described the Stelvio QV as 'portly' and that's a relatively lithe 1800kg.

26 April 2018

Check out this balls out film https://reel.io/__zH8QO

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Our Verdict

Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport 2016 road test review

Jaguar takes a typically sporting approach with the F-Pace, but it isn't quite enough to better its sibling, the Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Driven this week