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2016-09-08 06:00


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THE F-Type SVR features the latest evolution of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 to deliver what Jaguar said is “the ultimate in performance and driver reward”.

Changes to the engine’s calibration — adopted from the F-Type Project 7 — deliver power and torque ratings of 423 kW and 700 Nm.

To make the most of the increased engine output, the eight-speed Quickshift transmission gains a new calibration. Together with the extra grip delivered by the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tyres and optimising the torque on-demand all-wheel drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology, this delivers the F-Type SVR’s outstanding launch behaviour and immediacy of response.

The changes to IDD and refinements to the rear electronic active differential (EAD) ensure optimum torque distribution between the front and rear axles and across the rear axle.

Combined with a unique calibration for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, this enhances traction and dynamics — on all surfaces and in all weathers — while preserving the F-Type SVR’s rear-wheel drive character and handling balance.

Selecting Dynamic mode will enable the enthusiast driver to fully explore the F-Type SVR’s capability, especially with the stability control set to TracDSC or switched off completely.

Under these conditions, IDD will use the most extreme calibrations for the AWD system and for the active diff to fully exploit the available grip.

The gains in performance and drive-ability do not come at the expense of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: compared to the F-Type R, the figures on the combined cycle remain unchanged at 11,3 litres/100 km and 269 g/km respectively.

The enhancements made to the powertrain and driveline are matched by the modifications made to the chassis.

Designed to take the SVR’s dynamic capability to the next level, and deliver ultimate chassis agility, precision, control and response, the changes nevertheless preserve the F-Type’s ride quality and inherent duality of character — day-to-day useability and comfort have not been compromised.

The F-Type’s aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension and state-of-the-art electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system gave the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team the best possible starting point for developing the SVR’s vehicle dynamics.

That the vehicle is 25 kg lighter as standard than the AWD F-Type R — and 50 kg lighter with options including the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake system and carbon fibre roof — brings immediate benefits in terms of handling.

Optimised aerodynamics produce further gains: the rear wing delivers reductions in lift whether in the raised or lowered position.

These fundamental improvements are matched by a raft of other hardware and software changes designed to extract the full potential from every part of the chassis. The rear anti-roll bar is thicker. The valves inside the continuously variable dampers have been revised and the control software — the heart of Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system — has been recalibrated.

The overall effect is that both low speed comfort and high-speed control are improved.Fitted as standard with Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system featuring large, 380 mm and 376 mm front and rear brake discs, the F-Type SVR can be specified with Jaguar’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system.

The wider, specially developed 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 tyres provide exceptional levels of grip with no detriment to ride quality or refinement.

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