2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Brings a 575-HP Punch to Geneva

SVR debuts in Geneva as a 200-mph coupe or 195-mph convertible.

Britain continues its assault on the sports-car establishment with the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR. Making its official debut at the Geneva auto show -- after leaking online earlier this year -- the SVR packs the gorgeous F-Type coupe and convertible with a 575-hp wallop.

As the leaked documents revealed, the F-Type SVR will use an upgraded version of the R model's 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine. With 575 hp at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque from just 3,500 rpm, the engine will rocket the SVR to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is an even 200 mph for the coupe and a still-adequate 195 mph for the convertible. As in the standard F-Type R, an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive come standard on the SVR.

 

In addition to bulking up under the hood, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR has also undergone a significant diet. An Inconel titanium exhaust sheds 35 lb compared to the regular R, while forged alloy wheels save even more weight. Jaguar says a standard F-Type SVR is 55 lb skinnier than the equivalent R; if buyers option carbon-ceramic brakes and the coupe's available carbon-fiber roof, that weight disparity could jump to 110 lb.

It should go without saying that the F-Type SVR also has handling modifications to make it even sharper than the R. The changes begin with new, lightweight rear suspension knuckles that are said to be stiffer and thus better transmit feel to the driver. The front anti-roll bar is smaller than on the F-Type R while the rear one has been enlarged, which is typically a recipe for increasing oversteer, and Jaguar says the torque vectoring system has been reprogrammed to "mitigate understeer." The continuously variable adaptive dampers also have new tuning.

New bodywork gives the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR a more aggressive look, but it's all functional. Jaguar says the new front fascia's vents and louvers help cool the engine and brakes while also reducing lift. The hood vents actually help extract heat from the V-8, and a new rear diffuser -- made possible only thanks to the more compact shape of the titanium exhaust -- improves aerodynamic performance out back. The SVR also has an electrically deployable rear wing; it normally raises at 60 mph for the coupe and 70 mph for the convertible, but it also is raised any time the F-Type is set to Dynamic mode.

Driver and passenger also enjoy several aesthetic upgrades, including 14-way power seats with Jet leather and an embossed SVR logo in the headrests, larger anodized-aluminum shift paddles, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

All this extra performance won't come cheap, as the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR will cost $126,945 for the coupe and $129,795 for the convertible -- premiums of $20,550 compared to the 550-hp R models. Deliveries begin this summer.

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