A high-performance variant of the slinky Jaguar F-Pace crossover SUV. Currently, the F-Pace can be fitted with a poky diesel four-banger or a satisfyingly brisk supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes either 340 or 380 horsepower (a new turbocharged gasoline inline-four comes for 2018). Notably missing from the F-Pace’s engine bay, however, has been a V-8 engine option. Look for that to change with the new F-Pace SVR.
Why It Matters: Speed sells. So do crossovers. The Jaguar F-Pace SVR combines these two profitable items in one attractive package. Furthermore, an F-Pace SVR gives Jaguar the opportunity to get some skin in the high-performance compact luxury crossover game, a class currently dominated by one: the Porsche Macan Turbo. Jaguar won’t be the only automaker joining this party, though, as Mercedes-AMG is reportedly working on a bonkers GLC63 and Audi is rumored to be developing an RS Q5.
Platform: The platform will be the same highly capable architecture that underpins the regular F-Pace as well as Jag’s XE sports sedan. The adaptive chassis will be turned up a bit, allowing drivers to switch among a handful of racier modes than usual. The wild SVR prototype we shot wears huge wheels wrapped in wide tires with short sidewalls, with bigger brakes fitted behind. We look forward to sampling the new binders, as the last F-Pace S we tested needed just 164 feet to come to a stop from 70 mph—on all-season tires—thanks to its strong brakes.
Powertrain: Given that Jaguar’s V-6 and V-8 engines share the same block length—so they essentially fit in the same places—it’s all but certain that the F-Pace SVR will be fitted with Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Expect the F-typeSVR’s 575-hp unit to be the chosen variant, although we wouldn’t be surprised by small changes to the horsepower rating. All-wheel drive will be standard, as will an automatic transmission. A pair of chunky silver paddle shifters, hard to spot in these images, are provided for manual gear selection. Meanwhile, a quad-pipe active exhaust system with some bypass valves will allow quiet operation at low speeds and lesser drive modes—and will deliver noises most gnarly when heavier throttle is applied.
Competition: Mercedes-AMG GLC63 (forthcoming), Porsche Macan Turbo.
Estimated Arrival and Price: If we were a gambling publication, we’d wager that Jaguar will pull the wraps off the F-Pace SVR in September at the Frankfurt auto show. Expect sales to begin within a few months of its debut, with pricing that may look to undercut the Porsche Macan Turbo. But you’ll probably need to drop at least $65,000 to get behind the wheel of the F-Pace SVR.
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