A Jaguar F-TYPE SVR driven by actress Michelle Rodriguez has just completed its first high-speed test drive on a closed highway in the Nevada desert. The Fast and Furious star was able to push the fastest production Jaguar ever to its top speed, with the speedometer reading at 201mph, which is also a personal top speed record for Rodriguez.
Considered as Jaguar’s ultimate performance vehicle, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR was developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be quicker and faster as well as lighter yet more powerful but usable for daily driving. It is powered by the latest iteration of Jaguar's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine which was calibrated and adopted from the F-Type Project 7 to provide 575PS of max output and 700Nm of peak torque.
Its front bumpers feature enlarged air intakes, revised charge air coolers and redesigned bonnet vents – all enhancing both the car’s cooling system performance as well as powertrain efficiency. The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is fitted with a new lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system that could endure even higher peak temperatures and lower backpressure. Moreover, this exhaust system is around 16kg lighter than during development.
Since Inconel boasts of higher thermal resistance, wall thickness has been halved to just 0.6mm compared to the F-Type R's stainless steel system. Moreover, this new exhaust system is able to return a more unique and more purposeful sound, especially when the active valves in the rear silencers are opened during lower engine speeds. These active valves are also made from titanium. Interestingly, the four round tailpipes feature discreet SVR branding.
The V8 engine is mated to a newly calibrated eight-speed Quickshift transmission. Helping optimize the torque on-demand is all-wheel drive system's Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology while taking care of the grip is the wider, 265- and 305-section front and rear tires. Jaguar made needed revisions to IDD and to the rear electronic active differential (EAD) to help ensure optimum torque distribution between the front and rear axles as well as across the rear axle.
This configuration -- as well as calibration for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system -- helps improve both dynamics traction on all road surfaces and in all weather conditions. The good thing is that the F-Type SVR's rear-wheel drive character and handling balance are not compromised with these revamps.
When the Dynamic mode is selected, the F-Type SVR's capability could be put into use, particularly as this function sets the DSC system to TracDSC or switches it off completely. In this mode, IDD will employ the optimal calibrations for the AWD system and for the EAD to allow the F-Type SVR to fully use the available grip.
All of these changes certainly increase the drivability and the performance level of the F-Type SVR, but without compromising fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions, In fact, the F-Type SVR could still travel 25 miles per gallon of fuel and emit 269 grams of carbon dioxide, according to the European combined cycle.
Jaguar Land Rover also implemented a number of modifications to the chassis of the F-Type SVR to take its dynamic capability to a whole new level. These revisions have resulted to outstanding chassis agility, control, precision and response while still preserving the F-Type's ride quality, day-to-day usability and comfort.
Taking care of handling and stability is the F-Type's aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspension and state-of-the-art electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system. As for Rodriguez, she described her drive as insane, after she managed to break her personal speed record as she reached 201mph.
She remarked that the drive during the high speed test was smooth, and the SVR reacted in all the right ways. She added that since she made only minimal corrections, she managed to stay very focused during the drive. Rodriguez quipped that she had always wondered what it would be like to travel faster than her personal top speed of 140mph.
She noted that achieving 201mph safely would be impossible for her outside of the Autobahn, adding that she regards safety as the most important thing in driving. She described as “refreshing” the fact she was able to go beyond her limitations. She noted that driving as fast as she did in the SVR is a big responsibility but said the experience in the vehicle car was more graceful than she felt before.
On the other hand, John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, described building a new car on the F-TYPE as a challenging objective since everything in terms of design performance, handling and sound needed to be taken to a new level, He also described the new F-TYPE SVR delivers as a 200mph all-weather supercar that could be driven every day.