We are living in a world where most automobiles are going electric. This is good for the environment, but it takes away from the petrolhead’s experience. When the Jaguar F-Pace SVR was dropped off in a military green colour, i was impressed with how it sounded. The F-Pace was actually the first car i test drove in Port Elizabeth back in 2016, and there have been some significant changes compared to the previous model.
The powertrain now features the same torque converter used in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 super sedan to withstand the higher loads produced. A new Dynamic Launch feature also uses driveline inertia to maintain power to the wheels during gear changes, contributing to the SVR’s sharper acceleration from a standstill. The 5.0-litre, V8 Supercharged engine is paired with Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which delivers rapid gearshifts while adapting the way power is delivered to suit the driving situation.
The design of the new F-PACE SVR is inspired by SV’s motorsport experience, with enhanced airflow and aerodynamic benefits delivered through new apertures and vents for improved powertrain and brake cooling. The changes deliver superior aerodynamic performance, including a 35 percent reduction in aerodynamic lift, while drag is cut from 0.37 Cd to 0.36 Cd. As well as the performance enhancements, these elements also provide a more purposeful aesthetic. One doesn’t always think Jaguar when it comes to performance cars, especially in the current market. The F-PACE SVR, though, is a worthy contender within the SUV market with a favourable price tag of R 2 million.
The interior of the new F-PACE SVR is comprehensively redesigned, with materials enhanced to heighten the dynamic character of the cabin and its controls. Seat and door inserts are finished in Alcantara, with elements such as the central cubby and leather midroll wrapped in luxurious Windsor leather. The 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display is wrapped in Alcantara with ebony stitching, while aluminum-patterned finishers feature as standard, with open-pore carbon-fibre available as an option.
The new F-PACE SVR features all of the advanced technologies found in the latest F-PACE core models, ensuring it is always connected and always up-to-date for enhanced driver convenience. These include intuitive Pivi Pro infotainment with an all-new 11.4-inch HD curved glass touchscreen, Software-Over-Air capability, Active Road Noise Cancellation, the latest Advanced Driver Assistance systems, and optional wireless device charging.
Positives: When you pay R2 million for a car, you want it to sound like the F-Pace SVR. The interior screams luxury and comfort, and the cabin has everything you need.
Negatives: Land Rover/Jaguar has always been behind when it comes to technology, you would expect things like semi-autonomous driving, but you will get lane assist on the SVR.
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