550-HP 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the V-8 Variant We've Been Waiting For

Supercharged 5.0-liter brings it to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds

Behold-the inevitable Jaguar F-Pace SVR. We've expected a high-speed variant of Jag's popular SUV for a while now, something a step above the current range-topping F-Pace S and after much speculation, the new top-spec F-Pace bows at the 2018 New York auto show with a gutbusting V-8 punch.

It looks like Coventry is up to its usual moves. Building on the still-quick F-Pace S, the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 is ripped out to make room for the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 from the Range Rover Sport SVR, among others, spitting out 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The same ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission manages this additional power, routing it to all-four wheels, returning a very impressive 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph.

As expected, the 2019 F-Pace SVR receives more than just an engine swap. The front and rear bumpers are redesigned for improved aerodynamics, cooling, and a more aggressive appearance. The suspension is revised as well, incorporating 30-percent and 10-percent changes in spring rates front and back, respectively. Sizable two-piece rotors are 15.5-inches in the front and 15.6-inches in the rear, hiding behind standard 21-inch or optional 22-inch wheels. Both wheel options are lighter than regular F-Pace wheels and are wider by nearly an inch. Each SVR arrives with a standard electronic rear differential that works in parallel with the upgraded all-wheel-drive system, stability control, and electronic steering assist.

Inside, the SVR's subtly aggressive design manifests itself in the "slimline" front seats. Appearing very much like something you'd find in an F-Type, the new buckets feature an embossed SVR logo and handsome metal pass-thru underneath the headrest. In the center console, a SportShift gear selector is purloined from the F-Type, replacing the traditional rotary knob selector found in other F-Pace models.

If you've already sold-off your F-Pace S in anticipation, expect to pay at least $80,985 for an SVR. Get in touch with your dealer now, as the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR will hit lots later this summer.

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