If you aren’t familiar with the SVR badge, it’s used to denote Jaguar and Land Rover models that have been breathed on by the company’s ‘special vehicle operations’ department. A bit like AMG does for Mercedes.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the third model to have such treatment bestowed upon it, after the F-Type sports car and the Range Rover Sport. And, like both of those cars, at the heart this range-topping F-Pace lies a mighty 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine that delivers all the performance and noise you could possibly hope for.
To mark it out from lesser versions of the F-Pace, the SVR has more aggressive looking front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes, along with extra vents on the bonnet and in the wings. Jaguar claims that none of it’s for show: it’s all to help that mighty V8 engine breathe properly or, in the case of the wing vents, to help cool the huge brakes tasked with stopping this two-tonne SUV.
There’s also a bigger rear spoiler, 21in alloy wheels, quad exhaust tailpipes and seven paint colours to choose from, including Ultra Blue (pictured) which is exclusive to the SVR. In short, it isn’t as though anyone’s likely to think you’ve just bought the run-of-the-mill 2.0-litre diesel model.
Being an SUV, this is obviously a much more practical car than any similarly powerful performance saloon. However, the F-Pace SVR isn’t the only outrageously quick sports SUV you can buy, because alternatives including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Mercedes GLC 63 AMG and Porsche Macan.
Over the next few pages we’ll tell you how the F-Pace SVR stacks up against the competition and how well it fulfills its brief. And, remember, if you decide you want to buy one, or indeed any other new car, head over to our New Car Buying section to find out how much you could save on the brochure price.