Jaguar Bringing Barmy F-type SVR to Geneva

Lighter, more powerful cat scratches the double-ton.

The story goes like this: German importer receives an official, yet secret, 63-page brochure for the Jaguar F-type SVR. Said importer proceeds to accidentally spill said brochure all over the Internet, where, naturally, it got all over everything. And that’s how we know about the F-type SVR, the newest product from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. It will be the most powerful car Jaguar has ever made.

The F-type SVR is listed at 575 metric horsepower (that’s “ps” in Euro-speak, translating to 567 ‘Murican horses) and 516 pound-feet of torque, erupting from a 5-liter, supercharged V-8. That makes it more powerful than the limited-edition F-type Project 7, of which the SVR model is said to be the production version.

Output alone will put it in front of the panthera onca pack—it has at least 17 hp and 16 lb-ft more than the current leader, the explosive F-type R—but Jag wanted this SVR to be separated by its ability to use that power. So the SVO team fitted it with larger intakes and a front splitter, extra venting on the hood, an active aero wing on the decklid and a larger diffuser below. Handling is edgier thanks to an adaptive suspension and electronic rear differential; curb weight is down thanks to a titanium exhaust and forged, 20-inch lightweight wheels. The options list will include carbon ceramic brakes good for a further 46-pound diet. The interior gets more aluminum trim, and a sport steering wheel facing quilted sport seats. Using an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive to get power down, it’ll scamper to 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, topping out at 194 mph in the convertible and 200 mph in the coupe.

Jaguar got ahead of the leak and confirmed the F-type SVR will be revealed at Geneva in March, but wouldn’t give up much else. Slated to hit dealerships this summer, we expect this first take to make a fine and furious noise.