Jaguar has officially unveiled the 2017 F-Type SVR. The British company’s next sports car will greet the public for the first time in about two weeks at the Geneva Auto Show.
The F-Type SVR is the first series-produced Jaguar developed by the car maker’s Special Vehicles Operation division. As expected, it receives an evolution of the company’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been tweaked to deliver 575 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft. of torque from 3,500 to 5,000 rpm. A recalibrated eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive helps the coupe reach 60 mph from a stop in 3.5 seconds — over half a second faster than the F-Type R — and go on to a top speed of 200 mph. Bigger brakes, a revised suspension system, and a unique tune for the torque vectoring system keep the cavalry in check.
In its lightest configuration, the SVR weighs about 55 pounds less than the F-Type R, the next model down in the F hierarchy, thanks in part to a titanium exhaust system. Buyers who want an even lighter car can pay extra to get a roof panel crafted out of carbon fiber and carbon composite brakes.
Offered as a coupe and as a convertible, the F-Type SVR gains full body kit that includes a new front bumper with bigger air intakes and a sizable splitter, an air diffuser built into the rear bumper, and an active rear spoiler made out of carbon fiber that generates extra downforce. It rides on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped by Pirelli P-Zero tires.
Although it was designed to hit the track, the F-Type SVR isn’t a stripped-out, back-to-the-basics model. The cabin boasts a touch screen-based infotainment system, and it has been spruced up with 14-way sport seats upholstered in quilted leather, aluminum shift paddles, and a 770-watt sound system.
On sale now, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR coupe starts at $125,950, and the convertible carries a base price of $128,800. Deliveries will begin this summer.