Jaguar has revealed the new high-performance F-Pace SVR ahead of its UK launch this summer.
Priced from just under £75,000, the Porsche Macan rival’s supercharged V8 engine produces 542bhp. That’s enough to sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 176mph.
However, Jaguar is adamant that the newcomer is about more than just raw speed. The British manufacturer says the car’s handling has been tweaked, too.
There are new suspension settings, uprated brakes and a new ‘active’ differential that distributes power to the wheels with the most grip. All in all, Jaguar says the car rolls five percent less than the standard car and is notably lighter.
As you can see from the publicity images here, though, not all the SVR improvements lie beneath the surface.
At the front, there’s a new bumper with larger air intakes that send cooling air to the V8 engine. The wheel arches are slightly wider than on the standard car, and the door sills are larger, making the car look lower to the ground.
Behind the arches, vents reduce the air pressure around the wheel and help to cool the brakes, while purposeful bonnet louvres channel hot out of the engine bay.
There are more hints at the car’s performance further back, where you find four tailpipes and a larger rear spoiler.
Inside, the performance theme is continued with body-hugging bucket seats and a gear selector straight from the F-Type sports car.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, satellite navigation and a 4G on-board wireless hotspot.
The changes don’t affect the car’s practicality, though, with Jaguar claiming that the 650-litre boot is unchanged.
Mike Cross, one of Jaguar’s chief engineers, said: “The F-Pace SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV, and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-Pace and SVR names.”