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The Jaguar F-Pace SVR has been spotted for the first time, out in the wild, and as you’d expect with an European performance model, the test mule has been found at undergoing testing at the Nürburgring.

Much of the standard F-Pace exterior is carried over, although a pair of huge air intakes can be seen beneath the camouflage on either side of the number plate, as can a larger, more aggressive front spoiler. The main changes are under the hood – the SVR is expected to use the 567 hp, 700 Nm 5.0 litre supercharged V8 from the F-Type SVR.

Given that the V6-engined F-Pace S weighs more than the F-Type SVR, the full performance version seen here will be slightly slower to 100 km/h than the F-Type SVR’s time of 3.5 seconds; an acceleration time of under four seconds is still likely.

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The relatively small wheels fitted here on the test mule will almost certainly be replaced by larger items when it is officially released, while underneath the skin we can expect more chassis upgrades for improved handling above and beyond what the standard F-Pace already manages; read our drive report of the F-Pace, here.

The other high performance SUVs in the ballpark include the upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is expected to achieve the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds courtesy of a 2.9 litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

Differences between the two could be in the driveline, as while the Alfa is expected to be rear-drive only, the F-Pace SVR should retain all-wheel-drive as befitting its SUV nature, since its F-Type SVR stablemate’s driveline is expected to be derived from is all-wheel-drive to begin with.

In the UK, the Jaguar F-Type SVR is priced approximately £40,000 (RM214,904) above the going rate for the V6 S, so a corresponding margin should mean the F-Pace SVR will wear a price tag of around £90,000 (RM483,323) when it arrives in showrooms; no firm timeline has been revealed for that just yet.

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