NEW YORK, New York — Jaguar Land Rover has been busy making go fast, SVR-badged versions of much of its lineup lately, and it was only a matter of time before its F-Pace crossover got a Special Vehicle Operations operation. The new 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is a 550-horsepower beast that can blast to 60 mph in a tick above four seconds flat—dipping into supercar territory.
We talked with Duncan Smith, SVO senior program manager and Jaguar product planning manager Dave Larsen about the first Jag crossover to be affixed with an SVR badge. Here are a couple of things we found out about the new F-Pace SVR.
- It took some doing to fit the brand’s supercharged V-8 with 550-horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque under the hood.
According to Smith, adding the 5.0-liter wasn’t in the F-Pace’s product plan at the outset, so fitting it under the engine bay wasn’t exactly plug-and-play: “We actually had to do a lot of engineering. We had to make a lot of changes, a lot of mundane stuff that no one will ever see.”
- The rotary dial shifter in other versions of the F-Pace has been ditched for a stalk unit similar to that of the F-Type.
The stalk controlling the optimized 8-speed automatic looks a little lonely in its position in the center console in an otherwise well-appointed cabin with SVR badging, full leather, and Alcantara headliner, but the thought was to give the car more unique appeal in the F-Pace lineup. “It doesn’t make or break the vehicle, but it gives you that sporting sense of occasion,” Smith said. Speaking of sporty, the F-Pace also now has a variable valve active exhaust similar to the F-Type so you can snap, crackle and pop around town.
- The discs are now in pieces.
They’re only two pieces really, but the new setup changes the hub design and the discs in a way that not only aids stopping power, but also saves weight. The braking system itself was developed in partnership with none other than Brembo and they’re massive, at 15.5-inches in diameter at the front and 15.6-inches at the rear.
- It’s all about going with the flow.
Smith pointed out a number of notches, strakes, and intakes on the hood, fenders, and along the underbody and rear of the crossover that are designed to optimize air flow and reduce drag on the F-Pace SVR.
- More than 100 people worked on the car.
Smith did some quick math and estimated that at least 100 Special Vehicle Operations team members were involved in delivering the car.
- It was tested at race tracks all over the world.
Of course, the F-Pace SVR went to the Nürburgring, but Smith indicated that they took it to a number of different tracks in an effort to tune it properly. While he wasn’t exactly encouraging owners to do the same, he’s confident it could handle its business pretty well on most any circuit, and not punish you when you’re on your way back home. “It’s important the car retain its base usability,” Smith said.
- It’s priced to sell well in its segment.
Larsen was excited about the F-Pace SVR’s price point, and said it’s a pretty loaded vehicle to start. So while there will be some optional packages, he believes you could order one at its $79,990 base price before destination and be very happy.
“We have a great package with the F-Pace and now the offerings are even greater with the upper end of the performance ladder that’s staggering,” Larsen said. “When you look at what the car offers as opposed to the competitive set you can see what a value we are at 79, 9. We’ve taken a very aggressive stance.”