An SVR version of the Jaguar F-Type was the inevitable next step for JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations following its monumental tweak of the Range Rover Sport last year.

Nevertheless, it is crucial that the division now treads carefully. The Range Rover Sport – a five-star car in our eyes – was a triumph not because it was particularly heavily fettled, but because there was a clear and unambiguous direction for the model to be taken in - in other words, one that made it better than the standard version in specific, performance-based ways without entirely sabotaging its overall appeal or integrity.

Read our Jaguar F-Type SVR review here

With the F-Type, already the memorable recipient of both all-wheel drive and an R badge, the objective of the SVR variant is clearly a thornier issue. The few details Jaguar has confirmed don't necessarily settle the stomach, either - a bit more power, a bit more speed and a bit more rear wing triggering memories of the identity crisis that the XK slipped into as its badge attained endless and increasingly meaningless consonants.