Jaguar F-Type SVR: Speed addict

Jaguar F-type SVR

Jaguar calls it an everyday supercar, but really it’s a rival for Porsche’s 911 Turbo S

Jaguar just won’t rest. The company hyped its “911-beater” for years post the F-Type’s 2013 launch, and now it’s after the Turbo S mere days after wheels tested Porsche’s halo 911 around Kyalami circuit in South Africa.

Coventry is after 320kph with its latest F-Type SVR model, which still means it’ll be 10kph shy of the Turbo S’ top speed. We’ll know all the details about the SVR next week as Jaguar prepares for the car’s March Geneva motor show public reveal, but it’ll be lighter, faster and more agile than any F-Type yet, or any Jaguar since the 1992 XJ220 if we’re going there. Currently, the F-Type R Coupé produces 542bhp for a top speed of 300kph and zero to 100kph in 4.2 seconds but it weighs a hefty 1,650kg. We expect the SVR — that’s Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations department — to dip under 1.6-tonnes then, and get mighty close to 580bhp (like the Project 7 concept — if it wants to eke out another 20kph on the top end. Thanks to all-wheel drive grip, zero to 100kph dips under four seconds to 3.7, which makes the SVR half a second quicker than the R Coupé.

The car will go on sale this summer in both Coupé and Convertible body styles and you can expect a nice premium over the R Coupé’s Dh470K price tag.

Fast Cats
The F-type SVR may be the fastest current Jaguar with a top speed of 320kph, but the marque’s gone plenty fast before, too.

1936 SS100
The SS100 was a Jaguar before they were called Jaguars, built for five years until 1940 by Sir William Lyons’ SS Cars of Coventry Ltd — as the name suggested it could top out at 100 miles an hour, or 160kph.

1948 XK120
Jaguar’s first post-war roadster was a sensation when it came out, and its badge referred to its top speed of 120 miles per hour (200kph), which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time.

1961 E-TYPE
Legendary Jaguar driver Norman Dewis once did a mad dash from Coventry to Geneva in the very E-Type scheduled for reveal to the world at the show, and he made it in the nick of time covering the 1,000km distance overnight — the Jag could do over 240kph.

1992 XJ220
It took Gordon Murray’s 1993 McLaren F1 to succeed the Jaguar XJ220 as the fastest car in the world—one went faster than 340kph and the other topped 370kph — the hypercar race was well and truly on…

RAF Commander Andy Green is once again going for the world land speed record and this time he’s after Mach 1.4 or 1,600kph — technically it’ll be a Jag since Coventry is supplying a 5.0-litre V8 just to drive one of the Bloodhound’s fuel pumps.

Words: Dejan Jovanovic,