A Night Drive with the Jaguar F-Type SVR

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Our friend Jonathon Klein over at Automobile Magazine (“No Boring Cars!”) has been at the mercy of the Jaguar F-Type SVR, left listless at night. Asking “why?” would be rhetorical: look at it, listen to it and let it come alive as it dances around your screen.

The F-type has become no less jaw dropping since it’s public debut several years ago, and in SVR form, it is absolutely dripping with curb appeal.¬†What happens when one is parked in your garage? Do you let it sit in silence, perhaps under a cover collecting dust, saving it only for Sunday drives?

No, you let the supercharged 5.0L V8 explode to life and play it’s raucous 575 horsepower tune for the whole world to hear. Bystanders be damned, earplugs won’t save them from the titanium-composite exhaust and heavy right foot that becomes standard equipment when piloting the Jag.

“Piloting” seems an apt word to use when it comes to the F-type SVR, as this 200-mph missile is generating real downforce, some of which, can be dialed down to reduce drag when taking the Jaguar to that monumental top speed. The SVR is lighter as well. Despite the all-aluminum architecture and diminutive size, an F-type with a supercharged V8 weighs in at around 3800 pounds. The SVR is a touch lighter, with about a 50 pound weight loss, without compromising any of the interior quality and accoutrement one would expect from a $130,000 Jaguar super grand touring sports car.

With the addition of all-wheel drive, the F-type has gained a sort of tractability that allows it’s pilots to enjoy more of the car, more of the time. It’s still sharp, but not so on-edge that it’s left unapproachable. Go ahead, and dig deeper into the throttle, the soundtrack in front of, and behind you is the reward.


Jake Stumph is the Content Editor who runs Jaguar Forums, and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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