Whats it feel like?
Jaguars response to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the Porsche Macan Turbo, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and all other medium SUVs that can buy 70,000 pounds sterling has been proposed since the launch of the regular F-Pace in 2016, but assiduously denied by JLR spokespersons for a long time. It takes Jaguars supercharged 5.0-litre bulk pump into a category in which V8 engines are a relative rarity and in which it should therefore publish some exceptional performance statistics.
Except its not like that, not exactly. 542bhp is certainly an exceptional production for the Jaguar to claim, but 1995kg is a pretty significant figure also when one or two of the cars main rivals are the thick end of 200kg lighter.
And so, taking 4.3 seconds to reach 62 mph from rest, the F-Pace SVR is actually slower than several of its rivals according to the manufacturers claims; and, for people who value these cars for their absurdity, Im afraid that may not be irrelevant. It will be interesting to find out how the car goes against our road test timing system, and to extract some more meaningful performance measures when we get the chance, because I cant believe that a car with this engine, against rivals that almost all offer less under the hood, is not a more dominant acceleration force. Well see.
The F-Pace maintains the suspension of steel coils, whose rates have been increased by 30% at the front and 10% at the rear, and has improved adaptive shock absorbers as standard. Forged alloy wheels up to 22 inches in diameter enter the exterior of the brakes enhanced with hubs and lightweight discs up to 396 mm. The main mechanical ingredient of the cars powertrain remains the ZF `8HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter, which operates through a four-wheel-drive system based on pendant style clutches that tends to favour sending torque to the rear axle before it is pulled forward. But the new component of the transmission line is a eDiff torque vector located between the rear wheels, unlike one used anywhere by SVO before.
Inside the cockpit, the F-Pace SVR avoids the more rugged upholstery colour combinations weve seen lately on the Range Rover Sport SVR; at least our test car did, having instead a very discreet combination of tanned and black leather with some attractive carbon fibre decorative trims used in moderation but well. However, unfortunately for this tester, the interior doesnt avoid carrying very similar sports seats (with integrated backrests and headrests) to those seen on the Range Sport SVR, which would be much more comfortable if you didnt get hit in the back of the neck every time you try to sit on the pads.