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Date:18 November 2021 Author: Mark Samuel Tags:, , , ,

In the PM Garage: Jaguar F-PACE SVR

A faster, more dynamic and highly refined Jaguar F-PACE SVR recently debuted in South Africa. Positioned at the pinnacle of the brand’s performance SUV range, it boasts a compendium of premium enhancements from Jaguar’s SV team.

High performance

Available exclusively with Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, the 405 kW/700 Nm beast accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, and tops out at an eye-watering 286 km/h. Acceleration is augmented by Dynamic Launch, which uses driveline inertia to maintain power to the wheels during gear changes, which happen via the rapid-changing eight-speed automatic transmission.

Tech, for speed

Jaguar’s All-Wheel-Drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics comes standard, while Adaptive Dynamics suspension technology delivers a precise and dynamic ride set-up. Using Configurable Dynamics, drivers are able to customise the vehicle to suit their preferences; when Dynamic mode is selected, a stopwatch, G-Meter and pedal graph record and provide stats on driving performance. A new electronic power-assisted steering system provides an almost symbiotic link between the driver and vehicle, with improved accuracy, response and just the right amount of resistance.

An Integrated Power Booster supports the 395 mm (front) and 396 mm (rear) two-piece disc brakes. This, along with the vehicle’s improved cooling and aerodynamics, gives drivers greater confidence in the performance of the brakes.

Designed with purpose

SV’s motor-sport experience is evident in the SVR’s design – enhanced airflow and aerodynamic benefits are delivered through new apertures and vents for improved powertrain and brake cooling. The upshot is a 35 per cent reduction in aerodynamic lift, while drag is cut from 0.37 Cd to 0.36 Cd. The vehicle also just looks so darn assertive.

Options

If you tick the box for the Black Pack option, the Satin Grey of the SV Exterior Pack is replaced by a dramatic Gloss Black finish applied to the grille surround, bonnet louvres, front bumper apertures, still trims and rear valance. And while you’re choosing options, the 22” (Style 5117) forged wheels certainly complement the Black Pack.

Interior

There’s a distinct synergy between the exterior and the redesigned cabin. Seat- and door inserts are finished in Alcantara, with elements such as the central cubby and mid-roll wrapped in luxurious Windsor leather. The 12.3” HD Interactive Driver Display is encased in Alcantara with ebony stitching; aluminium-patterned finishes are standard, with open-pore carbon-fibre available as an option.

The Drive Selector has a performance-focused feel, finished in dimpled leather with heritage-logo-inspired detailing and debossed SVR logo. Zinc-alloy shift paddles on the sides of the steering wheel take care of manual gear changes, if you’re wanting a slightly more engaging driving experience.

Infotainment and features

A quiver of advanced tech features, such as Pivi Pro infotainment with an all-new 11.4” HD curved-glass touchscreen, Software-Over-The-Air capability, Active Road Noise Cancellation, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and optional wireless device charging ensure occupants are always fully connected and engaged.

Verdict

The new Jaguar F-PACE SVR is more compelling than ever, boasting innovative features, a commanding road presence, and a highly engaging drive. Raw power and performance is at its core, but it’s the overall package that exudes appeal… Precisely what we’ve all grown to expect from this proud heritage brand.

FIGURES

5.0 L, V8 supercharged petrol
8-speed auto gearbox
5-year/100 000 km Jaguar Care Plan and warranty
Priced from R1 835 700
jaguar.co.za

 

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Photography: Motorpress
The print version of this article appears in the November/December 2021 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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