SVR is a treatment usually applied to the hottest, most extreme Jaguar saloons and sportscars. This week the British firm has launched the Jaguar F-Pace SVR into the SA market. As with other Jaguar SVR models, the F-Pace SVR spearheads the F-Pace SUV line-up.

Power on tap

Powering this model is a tuned version of the company’s well-known supercharged V8 motor. In F-Pace SVR guise the motor pumps out 405 kW of maximum power and peak torque of 680 N.m. The F-Pace SVR’s V8 breathes through an active exhaust system. The extraction system terminates in quad tips poking out of the rear bumper.

Jaguar claims the F-Pace SVR can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4,3 seconds and it has a top speed of 283 km/h. That top speed is some way of the likes of the fastest in class, which includes the Lamborghini Urus (click here for our driving review) and the Bentley Bentayga Speed (click here for more info).

Other upgrades

To effectively harness the extra power the F-Pace SVR’s eight-speed automatic transmission has been specially calibrated for quicker shifts during spirited driving. Suspension upgrades include progressive front and rear springs that are 30 and 10 per cent stiffer, respectively, along with stiffer anti-roll bars to reduce body lean while cornering. The Jaguar F-Pace SVR rides on model-specific lightweight forged 21-inch alloy wheels. The alloys hide larger front (395 mm) and rear (396 mm) brake discs.

Further athleticism is provided by a sports-tuned electronic differential and torque vectoring by braking, which controls independent braking on the individual inside front and rear wheels to create a polar moment during cornering.

Aero tuning

Larger air intakes at the front and side improve aero efficient and provide additional cooling for the motor. A unique rear aids aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the vehicle. An exclusive SVR bonnet also extracts air from the engine bay.

Sporty inside

In keeping with its performance credentials, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR has a number of model-specific touches in the cabin. These include slimline performance front seats, an SVR branded steering wheel features aluminium paddle shifters and polish carbon fibre-look trim.

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR is priced from R1 499 400 and comes with Jaguar’s standard 5-year/100 000 km care plan.