2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Plug-In-Hybrid Review on theLegendary Mosport Circuit

The F-Type SVR crackles like a jet fighter and feels just as quick. The exhaust system can be opened up with the flick of a switch to provide extra crackle away from towns, and it’s a satisfying sound few production cars — if any — can match.

Avatar By: Kunal D'souza November 27, 2017
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THE PROS & CONS

    • What’s Best: Just about everything from faultless interiors to performance and ride to an overwhelming array of driver and safety technology.
    • What’s Worst: The current state of semi-autonomous driving did not meet my expectations.
    • What’s Interesting: It took 1,200 prototypes, 1,200 engineers and 12 million miles of testing to produce the new E-Class.

BARCELONA—Every carmaker has what’s called a “halo” car — the best in the lineup and probably the most expensive. It’s something to aspire to. It makes your cheaper car better, because there’s a big brother that’s proven itself against the best there is.

Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division is its ultimate performance brand, newly-established in the U.K. to make the most of the company’s vehicles. It introduced the Range Rover SVR last year as the most powerful and capable SUV in the lineup, and now it’s doing the same thing for the F-Type two-seater.

It sits at the top of a model lineup that includes a choice of three other engines, two powertrains, two transmissions and either a coupe or a convertible. The basic coupe costs $78,500 and makes 340 HP

It sits at the top of a model lineup that includes a choice of three other engines, two powertrains, two transmissions and either a coupe or a convertible. The basic coupe costs $78,500 and makes 340 horsepower from its V6, which is more than enough for civilized driving, but the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 of the SVR makes it the most powerful production Jaguar ever produced.

Every carmaker has what’s called a “halo” car — the best in the lineup

It sits at the top of a model lineup that includes a choice of three other engines, two powertrains, two transmissions and either a coupe or a convertible. The basic coupe costs $78,500 and makes 340 horsepower from its V6.

But if money’s not a problem and you want the best of the best, then the SVR is the way to go.

It will surely cannibalize sales from the F-Type R, which makes 550 hp and used to be the top of the line. There’ll be plenty of owners of the R now upset they didn’t just wait a year for the superior model but that’s their problem, not yours.

It will surely cannibalize sales from the F-Type R, which makes 550 hp and used to be the top of the line. There’ll be plenty of owners of the R now upset they didn’t just wait a year for the superior model but that’s their problem, not yours

It will surely cannibalize sales from the F-Type R, which makes 550 hp and used to be the top of the line. There’ll be plenty of owners of the R now upset they didn’t just wait a year for the superior model but that’s their problem, not yours

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2017 JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR LINEUP


Base price: $142,000 coupe, $145,000 convertible

Add-ons: $2,470 Freight and PDI, $499 “retailer administrative fee”

Type: Two-seater coupe or convertible, front engine sports car

Propulsion: All-wheel drive

Cargo: 324 litres coupe; 207 litres convertible

Engine: 5.0L supercharged V8

Transmission: Eight-speed “Quickshift” ZF automatic

Power: 575 hp / 516 lb-ft

Brakes: 380 mm front, 376 mm rear steel discs (optional 398 mm front, 380 mm rear carbon-ceramic)

Tires: 265/35/ZR20 front, 305/30/ZR20 rear

Fuel consumption: TBD

Standard features: $ Selective drive mode, 14-way performance seats, 770W Meridian surround sound audio system

Accessibility: Good

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