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Driven: Jaguar F-Type SVR
Big Jags are known to be notorious. They’re known to put out their tail and plaster a smile across the driver’s face at the sight of a corner, and even wet the pants of the driver if he gets in a bit hot into that corner. They’re wild. The XKR, the F-Type, all of the Jags with a big fat V8 under their hood act as proper hooligans on the road. This Jag, though, is a bit different. You may not have been able to fathom the fact that we’ve said that this Jag gets more power and yet isn’t as wicked as other big Jags. And the reason lies in the next three letters – AWD.
The F-Type SVR will be the first F-Type to come to India with an AWD system. There’s a clean bias towards the rear axle in the way the torque is split, but the fact that the front axle is powered too makes it far easier to handle in low-traction conditions. In normal driving conditions, most of the power is channeled to the rear wheels, but as soon as the computers onboard feel the need for more mechanical grip, more power is sent to the front wheels resulting in far better behavior around bends.
So does that mean it’s a tad boring to drive or it losing the hooliganism that Jags are known for? I’m afraid not, sir. It’s still a hoot to drive, but it’s far more predictable and better behaved in normal driving conditions. The rewards for all of this is that the F-Type is much easier to drive in day-to-day, real-world conditions and can even be called as the everyday supercar with this spec.
The guys in the SVR department have worked their magic in making the F-Type lighter, faster and more powerful. It gets the same 5-litre supercharged V8 from the regular model, but it’s tuned to make 575bhp and 700Nm of torque – 25 horses more. And in terms of weight shedding, it’s lost up to 30kg. The exhaust system is now made of a magnesium alloy, the seats have been made lighter and there’s ample use of carbon all over the car. All of this makes it more racetrack friendly and faster. How fast, you ask? The numbers are staggering – 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds and a top whack of 320kph.
You’d normally expect a beefed up sportscar to be stiffer and leaning towards being uncomfortable. But this isn’t one of those. The engineers in Coventry have made sure that the ride is still pretty subtle. It can get over a broken road with ease (by sportscar standards) and ensure your spine isn’t broken into pieces.
The MY18 F-Type SVR is slated for the India launch in mid-2018 with this retuned engine and is expected to be priced at Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom). It’s a well mannered, supremely quick and fun to drive sportscar. And to give it an edge over its rivals, the soundtrack that the supercharged V8 puts out will help it win half the battle by itself.
Specs: 5000cc, supercharged V8, AWD, 8A, 575bhp, 700Nm, 0-100kph: 3.5 seconds, top speed: 320kph, expected price: Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom)
Verdict: The SVR treatment makes it even quicker and more powerful. Comfortable to drive and has the best V8 soundtrack in its segment.