Future Models - Jaguar 2016 F-Type
Geneva show: Jaguar F-Type gets SVR treatment
Typerbole: Jaguar has used “everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design” to create its mightiest F-Type yet.
Jaguar Special Operations creates fastest F-Type to date
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27 January 2016
JAGUAR will give Australian fans that missed out on the ultra-exclusive F-Type
Project 7 a second chance to experience the ultimate in F-Type performance,
with the first series production Jaguar to emerge from its SVR skunkworks
coming Down Under in the third quarter of 2016.
Available as either Convertible or Coupe, the F-Type SVR will introduce a
“lighter, faster and more powerful” variant of the two-seater Jag, positioned
above the current F-Type R flagship, with a dizzying maximum speed of 322km/h.
Little information and only a handful of images have been released ahead of the
SVR's official public debut at the Geneva motor show in early March, but Jaguar
Land Rover special operations manager John Edwards has hinted at its potency.
“The result is a 200mph, all-weather supercar that you can drive every day – we
even made a Convertible version so that enthusiasts can revel in the sound from
the new titanium exhaust system,” he said.
With that capability, the SVR smashes the F-Type R's top end by 22km/h,
suggesting it has significantly more poke than the 'standard' 404kW 5.0-litre
supercharged V8, and could even trump the Project 7 power, which also tops out
Just 10 of the 250 strictly limited Project 7s came to Australia, but Jaguar
Land Rover Australia senior public affairs executive James Scrimshaw told
GoAuto that the new F-Type range-topper would not be built in such limited
“From day one with Project 7, they were only going to make so many cars, but
this will be an ongoing model like Range Rover Sport SVR,” he said.
Mr Scrimshaw explained that exact local timing, pricing and specification were
still being finalised, and that availability here would be dictated by global
“Every single market, no matter what car company around the world works on a
market equation based on what each market delivers,” he said. “The same will be
“It all depends on supply and demand around the world so that question is too
early to answer. Until it goes round the motor shows and people put in their
global requests, that's when they can work out how many they can make.
“It's all coming out of our Special Vehicle Operations, and they don't produce
cars as fast as the normal factory because they are very bespoke so that will
take longer and slow things down a little bit.”
But with increasing demand for both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands in
Australia, Mr Scrimshaw said JLR is gaining bartering power for global supply.
“With Land Rover we are one of the top 10 markets in the world, so we do have a
lot more sway than we ever did,” he said. “The combined JLR business is around
13,000 units a year but we were around 4000 to 5000 five years ago, so the
growth is huge.
“It's Jaguar's time now with its model range to pick up, and as we move on
through the years we will be a larger and larger share.”
Despite the SVR's supercar performance, Jaguar says it “retains its day-to-day
usability” with the same “comfort and duality of character inherent to all
jaguar cars,” according to the company.
The British car-maker originally had planned to reveal the F-Type SVR in a
surprise Geneva show unveiling, but had decided to issue a handful of official
images and statement, following leaked images and information from brochures
printed in preparation for the launch.