Overhauled Jaguar F-Type Project Predator features a package of engine tweaks that push the coupé's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 up to 650bhp
Matt Burt
25 April 2016

A Jaguar F-Type R AWD coupé boasting 650bhp and a top speed of more than 200mph has been revealed by vehicle tuning and design company VIP Design.

The overhaul of the all-wheel-drive F-Type derivative has been created to showcase a new tuning and design package that VIP Design is offering.

The London-based company claims its revamped version - called the VIP Design F-Type Project Predator – has a lower (but as-yet unspecified) 0-62mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph.

In comparison, the standard £91,680 F-Type R AWD coupé produces 542bhp from its 5.0-litre V8 engine, can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and has a top speed of 186mph.

The claimed power output for F-Type Project Predator even surpasses the 567bhp of Jaguar’s most powerful official derivative, the F-Type SVR coupé.

VIP Design has made changes to the engine including high-flow air filters, an uprated supercharger pulley and engine software remapping. According to the company, the changes “deliver hugely dramatic power delivery across the whole rev range”.

The F-Type R AWD coupé’s suspension has been lowered by 30mm and harder, stronger suspension components, joints and rubbers have been fitted.

A revised manifold-back exhaust system can be switched between two sound levels. VIP Design managing director Paul Busby said: “The exhaust was not deep enough, more of a shriek than a V8 rumble. The VIP Design F-Type Predator changes all that; the full manifold-back high performance exhaust system is switchable, allowing different levels – loud and really loud.”

VIP Design has also made a number of cosmetic tweaks to the F-Type R AWD coupé, including bonnet vents, front and rear splitters and a rear diffuser all made from carbonfibre. Prospective owners can also choose from 24 alloy wheel designs.

The package of changes, priced from £12,600, can be fitted to an existing F-Type R at VIP Design’s studio in Warwickshire. The company has focused on the V8 engine so far, but is now considering a similar package for V6-powered F-Type derivatives. 

VIP Design is a collaboration between Paramount Performance, a company that has carried out Jaguar styling conversions since 1986, and ECU remapping specialist Viezu Technologies. 

Our Verdict

Jaguar F-Type R

The powerful Jaguar F-Type R is sensational to drive, with even better driving dynamics than its lesser siblings without resorting to the savage tendencies of the SVR

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