Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Is the newest Jaguar F-Pace SVR still as insane as ever? Dieter Losskarn found out by spending some quality time with the pawsome Brit.
Jaguar once again hit it out of the Jurassic Park with the upgraded 2022 F-Pace SVR. Another one of a rapidly dying breed. An endangered animal. Wild, supercharged, no hybrid, but still sophisticated. Now with an even more classy interior, sublime leather seats, Meridian sound system, fine metal applications and supporting sport ‘bucket’ seats.
Latter you need, when you beat the bends in the wild cat. Introduced in 2018, and face-lifted in 2020, the newest version luckily didn’t lose any of its insanity to downsizing. There is still a V8 heart beating audibly under the Atacama orange hood. It’s an old-school engine, throwing you back to the 1990s. And almost a miracle, that Jaguar still manages to fulfil all those politically correct European emission standards with this 8-potted relic. As mentioned on a couple of occasions before, one of the last…
And because Jag is offering the fully electric SUV I-Pace for a couple of years now, the manufacturer’s green consciousness is (almost) pure.
Sportscar-like performance, paired with easy elevated access, makes the F-Pace SVR one of the best Jaguars ever. It’s a worthy Porsche Macan competitor. And it’s more aggressive, sharper styling makes BMW X6 and even Mercedes GLE look slightly dated. Not to forget the in-house competition. While the Range Rover was always Jaguar-Land Rover’s flagship SUV, the F-Pace SVR is getting very close to de-throning the epitome of sporty SUV luxury. But I haven’t experienced the newest Range Rover as yet.
While the wild cat is still audibly holding back in comfort mode, as soon as you select ‘dynamic’ it roars totally uninhibited out of the four end pipes. And you always tend to go quicker than you think. Suddenly in tighter turns, when the weight starts to push, you remember the 2.1 tons. But that’s part of the fun of driving a performance SUV briskly. Luckily the 395mm brake discs are confidently counteracting the forward momentum.
The abundantly motorized cat of prey is a power pack and a perfect all-rounder with British understatement. The purrfect Kings Man ride.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
3.7-l. six-cylinder turbo, paired with an 8-speed auto PDK
5.0-l. supercharged V8, paired with an 8-speed auto, four-wheel drive
405kW and 700Nm
in 4 seconds
from R 2 020 370
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