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Hot Jaguar F-Pace SVR to get 5.0-litre V8

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Nurburgring sighting of new powerful hot Jaguar F-Pace SVR being tested.

The Jaguar F-Pace looks set to benefit from a serious power boost if rumours of a 5.0 V8 in the SVR are to be believed. The hot take on the Jaguar F-Pace 4x4 is currently being worked on by the company’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) Unit and a heavily-disguised version has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring.

The F-Pace SUV could be being ordered within the next year and will take on rivals such as Porsche’s Macan Turbo. The high-performance F-Pace SVR is the second Jaguar to be given the DVR treatment, the first being the F-type earlier in the year.

The Jaguar SVO team took on the F-Pace as its next project, reflecting the growing interest in and demand for SUVs.

Clues to Jaguar performance

Despite the heavy disguise, there were clues on show at the Nurburgring that suggested that it was Jaguar’s performance model being tested. The most obvious included new alloys housing stronger brakes to boost the stopping power and a changed front bumper which now boasts larger air intakes. It is not thought that the same alloys will be used in the final production car, however.

The test mule bears more than a passing resemblance to a regular F-Pace but under the bonnet there is likely to be supercharged V8 5.0-litre engine. This should be combined with an eight-speed ZF auto transmission; the same combination that is used in the Range Rover Sport SVR.

The same powertrain is also found in the Jaguar F-Type SVR, where it is tuned to 567bhp and develops 516lb ft of torque. It is not thought that the F-Pace SVR can match the 200mph of the F-Type SVR or the zero to 60mph time of 3.5 seconds because of its increased weight.

The Macan Turbo manage the sprint in a little over four seconds (4.4) and so it is probable that the new Jaguar F-Pace SVR will become the market’s fastest mid-sized SUV. It is also likely that the F-Pace SVR is going to have a starting price of around £90,000, given that the F-Type SVR is over £40,000 more expensive than the V6 S.

Other manufacturers are already working on competitors for the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, including a new Audi SQ5 and a BMW X3 M. Deliveries of the hot Jag SUV are likely to commence during 2018 and will come complete with an aggressive new front spoiler and huge air intakes which sandwich the front number plate.

More on the F-Pace SUV

The F-Pace was Jaguar’s first SUV to be released and was aimed at drivers looking for a sporty, small 4x4. It is unlikely to be the company’s last, however, as recent speculation about the F-Pace SVR confirms. The standard F-Pace SUV offers a wide choice of drive trains, trim levels and engine options and there is a relatively sizeable waiting list for would-be-buyers thanks to its fairly broad appeal.

It is likely that a cheaper, smaller crossover is going to follow the Jaguar F-Pace over the next two years and there is speculation that this will be known as the E-Pace, marking another stage in Jaguar’s journey into the hugely popular SUV sector.

The F-Pace, meanwhile, is being sold and marketed as a ‘practical sports car’ and is one of the sector’s most design-led vehicles. Its taillights are super-sporty and are integral to the hunched back end design. The sportiest of body kits also feature a spoiler, which frames the aggressive angle of the windscreen.

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