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Thursday, February 18, 2016

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR is Officially a 200MPH Rocket

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197… 198… 199… 200. Though these digits are not far apart, there’s a distinct difference between “200” and “199,” especially when in relation to a performance car’s top speed. 199 mph is good, but 200 mph is better, and well… the world has a new member to the 200 mile-per-hour club. Meet the new 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
 
Developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations skunkworks, the F-Type SVR is designed to be all things lighter, quicker, faster, and more powerful than the already swift F-Type R. And it’s safe to say it succeeds on all counts. It’s officially the fastest series production vehicle Jaguar Cars has ever built.

The car, available both in coupe and convertible flavors, gets its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 1st, but until then here are the numbers you need to know: 3.5, 575, 110, and of course… 200.

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In its transformation from F-Type R to SVR, the Jag can now zip down the road in a brisk 3.5 seconds to 60 mph, a 0.4 second improvement. That sprinting pace comes courtesy of Jaguar’s bombastic supercharged 5.0-liter V8, which now develops a whopping 575 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to some tuning know-how nicked from the raucous F-Type Project 7 cars.

That tremendous power travels to all four wheels in the SVR (no rear-wheel drive option), and Jag says it has recalibrated the car’s eight-speed automatic to make use of those extra ponies. Overall, the entire vehicle weighs 55 pounds less than the standard F-Type R, and a whole 110 pounds if you include options like the new carbon ceramic brake kit. An Inconel titanium exhaust comes standard on the SVR, which shaves 35 pounds on its own.



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The mighty mods don’t stop there however. Jaguar has played with the F-Type’s air scoops and vents, adjusted its dampers, upgraded anti-roll bars, and outfitted the car with an air-taming undertray and new deployable rear spoiler, among a slew of other tweaks and changes. And inside things get even more exclusive, including unique SVR seats, steering wheel, and larger aluminum shift paddles—bits you won’t find on any garden-variety Jags.

There’s just two more important numbers, the prices. Jaguar has priced the F-Type SVR Coupe at $125,950 while the Convertible is a loftier $128,800. And indeed, the ordering process for both has begun. Stay tuned for more as the rowdy Jag’s official motor show debut inches closer on March 1st.