It appears customers demand something more exciting than the Jaguar F-Pace S, and for good reason. The 3.0 litre supercharged V6 in the model makes “just” 380 PS and 450 Nm of torque, which translates to a “disappointing” 0-100 km/h time of 5.5 seconds.

Well, Jaguar has listened, and delivered with the new F-Pace SVR, which is making its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The new model takes its place at the top of the F-Pace range, and as the other SVR models in the Jaguar Land Rover line-up (e.g. F-Type and Range Rover Sport) suggests, has some serious performance.

Headline figures include 550 PS and 680 Nm, which comes courtesy of a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine under the bonnet. Drive goes to the ground via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission as well as an all-wheel drive system, which helps get the new SVR model from a rest to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds and to a top speed of 283 km/h.

You’ll also get to hear the V8 a lot better, as the F-Pace SVR features Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System that not only allows for increased gas flow, but is 6.6 kg lighter than the standard F-Pace exhaust.

Effort has also been made to match some agility with the new-found brawn, including stiffer springs (30% front and 10% rear), a new anti-roll bar for 5% less body roll and a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD).

The car rides on lightweight forged 21-, or optional 22-inch alloy wheels that are wider at the rear by 25 mm compared to the front. There’s also uprated 395 mm front and 396 mm rear brake discs. All other systems – Quickshift transmission, electric power assisted steering, Adaptive Dynamics suspension, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control and all-wheel drive – have bespoke calibrations as well.

Visually, the F-Pace SVR is fitted with an aerodynamic package that includes larger air intakes at the front and side fender vents. More prominent wheel arch extensions and lower body mouldings help contribute to the crossover’s muscular new look as well.

Other enhancements include a new bonnet with vents to better cool the V8, a unique rear spoiler, quad tailpipes and a new rear bumper with strakes to smoothen airflow away from the rear of the vehicle.

As for the interior, the front seats feature “lozenge quilting” and sport an embossed SVR logo. You’ll also find a conventional gear lever, an SVR-branded steering wheel, aluminium paddle shifters, Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital display instrument cluster.

Buyers will get to choose from four interior colours – Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet and Jet with Light Oyster stitching. Jaguar is quick to remind us that the mental performance offered by the F-Pace SVR comes at no compromise to its practicality, as you’ll still get 650 litres of cargo space (with rear seats up).

Should you be interested, and live in the United Kingdom, the F-Pace SVR will be available for order from summer 2018, with prices starting from 74,835 British pounds.(RM409,460).