2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR takes NY by storm with 550-hp supercharged V8

And a host of performance components

Two and a half years after the launch of the F-Pace, Jaguar's SVO division has given it the long-awaited SVR high-performance version.

As expected, the F-Pace SVR has a big heart: a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine that makes 550 hp and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. The result is a model that packs 44-percent more power than the nameplate's previous top dog, the F-Pace S.

Factor in the all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission and it comes as no surprise that the F-Pace SVR goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds) and hits a top speed of 283 km/h (176 mph).

But SVO did more than just transplant this mighty powertrain onto the F-Pace. Their work includes aerodynamic enhancements, an SVR-tuned chassis, lightweight forged wheels with differential width from front to rear, uprated brakes, Rear Electronic Active Differential, and a lighter Variable Valve Active exhaust, among other things.

You'll recognize the F-Pace SVR on the street thanks to its unique SVR aerodynamic package. It includes a front bumper with larger air intakes and side fender vents, wheel arch extensions, lower body moldings, an extended rear spoiler, and a unique rear bumper that houses the quad tailpipes of the Active Exhaust system and incorporates side strakes that smooth airflow away from the rear of the vehicle.

Other striking exterior details include the SVR bonnet with vents that help extract hot air from the engine bay, and the exclusive forged 21- and optional 22-inch alloys that are wider at the rear by 25 mm to enhance handling. The rims are designed to deliver greater airflow to the uprated brake discs (395 mm front and 396 mm rear) and shed a total of 4.1 kg compared to regular F-Pace wheels. The brake discs themselves feature a two-piece construction to reduce weight and improve handling.

Speaking of handling, SVO has also tweaked the chassis with progressive front and rear springs that are 30 and 10 percent stiffer respectively. There's also an anti-roll bar that's said to reduce body roll by 5 percent.

Performance is enhanced by the Variable Valve Active Exhaust System that reduces the SUV's weight by 6.6 kg and makes it sound more "charismatic." Finally, the SVR is the first F-Pace to use Jaguar's rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD) for optimized traction and dynamics, with the performance SUV also packing bespoke calibrations for the Quickshift transmission, Electric Power Assisted Steering, Adaptive Dynamics, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, and All-Wheel Drive systems.

Interior highlights include the slimline performance front seats and unique rear seats featuring two-tone leather upholstery, the Sport Shift Selector replacing the rotary selector, and the SVR-branded steering wheel featuring tactile aluminum paddle shifters.

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR will be available to order from summer 2018, with prices starting from £74,835 in the UK and $79,990 in the US.

READ MORE: Our review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace 20d AWD

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