Jaguar SVR supercar – grandson of the E-Type

  • Supercharged five-litre V8 for 423kW/700Nm
  • 0-100 in 3.7sec, top speed 322km/h
  • Uprated chassis – but good for commuting
2016 Jaguar SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar’s all-wheel drive F-Type SVR has arrived in South Africa – as The Corner told you back in January 2016 that it would – with a debut showing at the Kyalami Festival of Motoring in Johannesburg.

The automaker says the car is the fastest and most powerful of its products to be sold in South Africa and was developed to exploit fully the light aluminium sports car’s potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability.

“The car is more powerful and lighter,” Jaguar says, “and benefits from an enhanced chassis and driveline and active aerodynamics. The SVR Coupé delivers supercar performance and unrivalled driver engagement and reward.”

2016 Jaguar SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, added: “Every additional form, line and component is there to contribute to the car’s performance. Cutting-edge aerodynamics have always been fundamental to Jaguar design and everything from the larger air intakes to the active rear wing is essential to the dramatic looks and 322km/h potential.”

The F-Type R, Jaguar recordss, was already a benchmark among sports cars but only the starting point for development of the SVR.

“Everything which contributes to performance and vehicle dynamics has been meticulously re-evaluated, re-engineered and optimised. Exceptional straight-line performance was unlocked by raising the output of Jaguar’s supercharged five-litre V8 to 423kW/700Nm to reach 10km/h in 3.7sec and 322km/h.”

Additional SVR engineering developments included uprating the rear suspension components to cope with higher lateral forces, just part of “unique suspension tuning and calibration of its Intelligent Driveline Dynamics all-wheel drive system”.

Optional carbon-ceramic matrix brakes can shed as much as 21kg from the car’s weight and the V8 breathes out through a light titanium Inconel (listed on Google as a family of nickel chromium-based superalloys) Inconel exhaust system.

2016 Jaguar SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

John Edwards, MD of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, told The Corner: “Our objective was to take everything that our customers love about the F-Type – performance, handling, sound, design – to a new level.

“It’s a 322km/h, all-weather, car capable of 423kW while being lighter and with an uprated chassis and transmission calibration. The all-wheel drive makes performance even more accessible and exploitable.

2016 Jaguar SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover
2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

“This is a car that SVO has developed for true enthusiasts but can also be enjoyed every day.”

The Jaguar F-Type SVR will be available in South Africa in October 2016. Have at least R2 286 300 on call.

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