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We've had our first taste of the new Jaguar F-Type SVR on a night-time blast through a tunnel in Manhattan

As tantalising as first tastes of a new car go, this one whets the appetite as much as the sound of a cold can of Coke opening on a scorching hot day in the desert.

Ah, sound. For this is what this story really boils down to. We’re in Manhattan, New York City for a first blast in the all-new Jaguar F-Type SVR, the fastest and most powerful regular production Jaguar ever. In a tunnel. At night.

Read our Jaguar F-Type SVR review here

The F-Type SVR, the work of Jaguar Land Rover’s rapidly ascending Special Vehicle Operations division that also produced Project 7 and the Range Rover Sport SVR, is the slightly more sane and usable follow-up to Project 7, but soft it is not.

Based on the F-Type R AWD, in coupe form the F-Type SVR will send you from 0-62mph in just 3.7sec and on to a 200mph top speed. The performance makeover on an already very performance focussed product is thorough, with lots of extra cooling and aerodynamic additions to help maximise that extra performance, and a chassis makeover to help the car fly around a circuit, but tuned in a very Jaguar way to ensure it remains compliant and usable every day.

And then there is the exhaust system, which is perhaps most relevant here. It’s a lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust that weighs some 16kg less than the F-Type R AWD’s, and has lots of trickery to give what Jaguar claims is a “dramatic, purposeful, harder-edge exhaust note”. And, as with the F-Type R AWD, the ‘naughty button’ remains available to the driver, a picture of an exhaust on the centre console that when pressed and activated sends the exhaust into the full aural beans mode.

Jaguar has pulled a lot of strings to have the tunnel shut down for five hours on the eve of the New York motor show. The tunnel is on Park Avenue, and runs for 422 metres between 33rd and 38th street. The speed limit has been raised from 25mph to 65mph for the evening, but we haven’t spied any speed cameras in the tunnel…

A passenger ride is up first in one direction, and it’s the slightly slower (at 194mph, still) convertible version of the F-Type SVR we’re in, with the roof down, of course, to best hear that noise.

So that noise, then. It’s brilliant. It’s lovely. It’s really bloody loud. It’s the volume that those old speakers you used to have would always distort at if you tried to turn it up to them. It gets inside you like the party your neighbour had until 2am with vibrations coming through the wall. And above all, it’s the type of noise that reminds you just how great it can be when a car launches a full-on assault on one of your senses. That’s all before you get the pops and crackles when lifting off. You might be able to tell I quite liked it. 

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That was all just from the passenger seat. When it was my turn to drive it, there was a bit less time to savour the noise as the nerves kicked in trying to keep the car in a straight line. It’s intimidating to give it full throttle in a tight tunnel on an uneven, slippery road surface not designed for all-wheel drive sports cars with 567bhp. It was, in a word, lively. That, and chuffing quick. Still, I didn’t put it in the wall even when feeling all giddy with a ringing in my ears, so it’s all good safe fun.

We’ve already had some standout performance cars this year with the Ford Focus RS and BMW M2. The F-Type SVR, on first acquaintance, seems likely to be every bit as memorable. Just how the hell am I going to sleep tonight with that noise still ringing in my ears?

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darkvader666 24 March 2016

The future is.......

......so depressing. Where we once lived in a world of excitement and adventure. It seems we have nothing but dullness to look forward to. Just like the brightly coloured cars which are meant to attract our attention, it appears that some people can't tell that these shows are about PR. If Jaguar were to drive through the tunnel every night on a weekday I can imagine a few people would get annoyed but a one off in preparation of a CAR show...get a grip people. As for abkq and his jealous friend who can only afford a cyclist.........the noise of a V8 is a glorious thing compared to the chatter of a diesel.
I cannot understand why you are even on this site ?!?!
It will be quiet enough when we are in our coffins.....so live a little and long live Jag and such like !!
Marc 24 March 2016

darkvader666 wrote: ......so

darkvader666 wrote:

......so depressing. Where we once lived in a world of excitement and adventure. It seems we have nothing but dullness to look forward to. Just like the brightly coloured cars which are meant to attract our attention, it appears that some people can't tell that these shows are about PR. If Jaguar were to drive through the tunnel every night on a weekday I can imagine a few people would get annoyed but a one off in preparation of a CAR show...get a grip people. As for abkq and his jealous friend who can only afford a cyclist.........the noise of a V8 is a glorious thing compared to the chatter of a diesel.
I cannot understand why you are even on this site ?!?!
It will be quiet enough when we are in our coffins.....so live a little and long live Jag and such like !!

I don't have anything against the article, as pointless as it is. I enjoy the noise from a car. The point I made is the noise from the F Type is ridiculous, it is antisocial, completely over the top and false. It is also such a shame that JLR's products do seem to attract the tossers of society. You see them all the time, the XF, RR glued to your rear bumper. Tracksuit wearing w'nkers in RR Sports, cheap lease deals and the working classes having too much disposable monthly income is to blame. That said my wife has an F - Pace on order but she's neither overweight or orange but she is German and grew up in Dresden under the GDR, she believes Jaguars are cool so I cannot forgive her entirely.

owenmahamilton 23 March 2016

I don't recall people making so much fuss

When the Lincoln Tunnel was closed a few years back so that David Coulthard could drive a Red Bull F1 car through the tunnel both ways which would have been way louder than this.
Zadster 23 March 2016

Seriously, people are getting

Seriously, people are getting on their high horses about making a noise in a closed off underground tunnel nowhere near housing? Poor trolling 2/10. Must try harder.

I guess people didn't read the bit about this being on the even of the NY Auto Show. It is possible, just possible, that these journalists might have been in NY anyway...

I take the point about disclosure, but US laws require full sponsorship disclosure on media such as YouTube (even if most publishers don't adhere to this). Autocar, being US based (Jalopnik is US) doesn't have any such law to adhere to, but it is certainly good practise.

abkq 24 March 2016

@zadster

Even assuming the tunnel run was done in strictly control conditions there is still the question of whether JLR should release this car in the first place, and whether Autocar should run a feature glorifying the noise it makes. (Quote)" ... lots of trickery to give what Jaguar claims is a “dramatic, purposeful, harder-edge exhaust note”. And, as with the F-Type R AWD, the ‘naughty button’ remains available to the driver, a picture of an exhaust on the centre console that when pressed and activated sends the exhaust into the full aural beans mode."(End of Quote) Where car manufacturers now deal seriously with air pollution, there seems to be no effort towards reducing noise pollution. In fact the opposite is true. Why would any responsible car company put in amplified exhaust note? I look forward to the day when Tesla replaces all noisy sportcars.