2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR (52)

The existence of the 2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR coupé has been known for a while now, but the only real detail that Jaguar was admitting to was its 321 km/h top speed. Jaguar has now confirmed, ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show, that the F-Type SVR, which will come in coupé and convertible forms, will have a 567 hp, 700 Nm, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in the engine bay.

Building on the strengths of the F-Type, notably its performance and handling which were well received by the motoring press and the public, the SVR turns everything up a notch with an enhanced chassis, driveline and active aerodynamics. In what will be the fastest F-Type in its stable, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations engineers drew on their experience with the Project 7 to make the F-Type SVR lighter, quicker and faster without compromising on day-to-day usability.

This gives the the F-Type SVR a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 321 km/h for the coupé, while the convertible is a little slower at the top with a maximum speed of 314 km/h. “Our objective was to take everything that our customers love about F-Type – the performance, the handling, the sound, the design – and take it to a whole new level. This is what the new F-Type SVR delivers: it’s a 321 km/h all-weather supercar,” said John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

A host of changes were made to bring the SVR up to the higher levels of supercar performance which include enlarged air intakes in the front bumper together with revised charge air coolers and redesigned bonnet vents. This were combined with improvements in the cooling system and powertrain efficiency. A new lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system reduces back-pressure and saves 16 kg. By using Inconel instead of a stainless steel system, the exhaust tube wall thickness could be halved to just 0.6 mm.

Together with the titanium active valves in the rear silencers, the 2016 F-Type SVR delivers a more distinctive, purposeful, harder-edged exhaust note, emanating from four round tailpipes that are distinguished by discreet SVR branding. The increased engine performance is delivered through a re-calibrated eight-speed Quickshift transmission that connects to an optimised torque on-demand all-wheel drive system using Jaguar’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD).

Changes to the IDD and refinements to the rear electronic active differential (EAD) provide optimum torque distribution across the rear wheels, and between the front and rear axles. Combined with the F-Type SVR’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, traction and driving dynamics are optimised for all road and weather conditions, enhancing the car’s daily driving capability.

An aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension and revised valves in the continuously-variable dampers, together with recalibrated software in the Adaptive Dynamics system provide improved low speed comfort and high speed control. Compared to the AWD F-Type R, the SVR is 25 kg lighter, which can be improved to 50 kg with the installation of optional extras such as a Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake system and carbon-fibre roof.

Active aerodynamics is a part of the SVR’s performance package, with a carbon-fibre rear wing that deploys once vehicle speed reaches 96 km/h and 112 km/h for the convertible and coupé respectively. The wing will also deploy automatically whenever the driver selects Dynamic mode. Front-end lift is reduced through the use of vents in the wheelarch liners, and an under-floor tray beneath the rear suspension accelerates the airflow, reducing pressure and therefore reducing lift.

Jaguar hasn’t forgotten the interior fit-out of the 2016 F-Type SVR, with 14-way SVR Performance seats cosseting both driver and passenger in leather seats in a choice of three colours. The InControl Touch infotainment system features eight-inch capacitive touchscreens, complementing the 380 watt Meridian surround sound audio system. If the InControl Touch Plus option is selected, the sound system is boosted to 770 watts.

Bookings are currently being taken by Jaguar for the 2016 F-Type SVR, with the coupé priced at 110,000 pounds sterling (RM663,000) and the convertible at 115,485 pounds sterling (RM696,000). Deliveries for this 321 km/h daily-driver supercar are expected to begin in mid-2016.