2017 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR goes official with supercharged V8 and 200 mph top speed

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 29, 2016

Jaguar is introducing the 2017 F-TYPE SVR on March 1 this year, picking the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as the venue to unveil the car before it goes on sale. Sports enthusiasts will certainly love the amazing acceleration of the F-TYPE SVR, which marks the start of a line of SVR vehicles to be produced by Jaguar.

With a top speed of 200 mph, the two-seater can be used in both sports racing as well as daily commutes. Featuring an aluminum body, the F-TYPE SVR is lightweight and very agile. The dynamics and mechanics of the car’s design result not only to a lightweight racer, but one that is very responsive and comfortable to drive.

According John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, the F-TYPE SVR is the culmination of Jaguar’s current expertise on engineering, performance and design.

Describing the new vehicle as an all-weather package, Edwards also added that it will come with a Convertible version for enthusiasts of powerful exhaust sounds and open-air driving. In addition to the SVR and Convertible versions, the F-TYPE is also offered in Coupe, Premium, Type S, Type R and British Design Editions for the 2017 Model Year.

Exterior Design

Aerodynamics is a significant factor in the F-TYPE’s award winning design and was fully explored when making the new F-TYPE SVR. For example, the front bumper was extended to mask the wheels as much as possible to reduce drag.

In addition, the front valance and front undertray share in the overall drag reduction but at the same time they greatly improve engine cooling. To reduce lift, the apertures in the wheelarch liners are utilized to this effect as well as the under-floor tray beneath the rear suspension.

An important impact in the car’s aerodynamics performance is the rear venture which is packaged between the two rear silencers. But probably the most prominent and impacting design enhancement made that contributes to the overall aerodynamics is the deployable rear wing.

With its optimized design, it is effective both on raised and lowered positions. In normal mode, the wing is deployed once the car reaches 60 mph for the convertible and 70 mph for the coupe.

If the driver chooses dynamic mode, the wing is deployed automatically which, with all the other aerodynamic enhancements in place, contributes to a drag coefficient reduction of 2.5 percent and a lift coefficient reduction of 15 percent. When the wing is lowered, improvements are 7.5 percent and 45 percent respectively.

Interior Design

Being a Jaguar car and a top-of-the-line performance model at that, one can expect the new F-TYPE SVR interior to be just as desirable in other aspects. Leading the fine interior enhancements found in the new car is the 14-way SVR Performance seats in Jet black leather finish with the Lozenge Quilt pattern and headrest embossed with the SVR logo.

This is also available in Siena Tan or Red leather upholstery. The steering wheel also speaks luxury and performance at the same time. It comes in standard Jet black leather with the optional suedecloth and features black painted spoke outers and a four-color stitching pattern.

Anodized aluminum shift paddles are noticeably larger than other F-TYPE models and makes gear changing a more instinctive affair. Suidecloth covered instrument cluster and center console features prominently on the dashboard, with the option of Siena Tan or Red leather.

On the other hand, the InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus infotainment systems can be accessed via the eight-inch touchscreen. An excellent acoustic system is provided by the 380W Meridian and 770W Meridian surround sound audio systems.

Connectivity is provided by the InControl Apps for smartphones while InControl Secure vehicle monitoring and InControl Protect emergency call system are available just in case.

A special feature specifically made for the Apple Watch is the IOs smartphone compatible InControl Remote app which enables the driver to lock or unlock doors, check information such as fuel or mileage or even locate the car on a map, start the engine and set climate control temperature.

Powertrain

What could possibly be better than a fast, sleek, super car? Jaguar’s answer is a faster, more powerful, all-weather super car of course. In fact, the new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR, the first Jaguar for the SVR high performance segment, is Jaguar’s fastest, most powerful production road car that can easily leave its competitors in the dust.

This new offering from Jaguar is simply an engineering marvel with its 200 mph top speed and it’s rather surprising day-to-day all-weather usability. When talking about sports cars, power seems to be the defining factor. And it’s not hard to understand why this Jaguar stands out. The beast is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that gives an astounding 575 PS and 700 Nm torque, giving the super car enough juice to launch it from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds.

This powerful engine gives the Coupe model a 200 mph top speed, while the Convertible model is clocked at 195 mph. The new F-TYPE SVR is based on its predecessor, the F-TYPE R, which is already considered a benchmark in the sports car category. Using the already fast F-TYPE R as its base model, the new F-TYPE SVR is even made better with an enhanced chassis, driveline, active aerodynamics and all-wheel drive capability contributing to a leap in terms of performance.

Aside from improvements done to the powertrain and driveline, the SVR greatly benefited from modifications done to its chassis. Enhancements make it possible for the SVR to have the ultimate in agility, precision, response and control while at the same time, it maintains the ride quality and day-to-day functionality and comfort the F-TYPE has already been known for.

Spectacular handling capability is made possible by the vehicle’s light weight – it is 25kg lighter than the AWD F-TYPE R and can even be made 50 kg lighter with options such as the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake system and carbon fibre roof. The new TYPE SVR comes with an improved and optimized aerodynamics as well, such as its rear wing that helps reduce lift. To complement enhancements on aerodynamics and chassis, the software and hardware components were likewise optimized to get the best results.

For example, the rear anti-roll bar is thicker while the valves of the dampers were revised. On the software side, Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system software was recalibrated to get that low speed comfort and high speed control essential in any luxury supercar. The new car features a completely new rear knuckle, which is made from a weight-optimized die cast designed to increase camber stiffness by 37 percent and toe stiffness by 41 percent.

These percentages mean a greater tire contact patch control which can be felt through the steering wheel. In addition, the reduced anti-roll bar diameter allows for a better precision braking control to the inner wheels and can reduce the effect of understeering even at high speed cornering. This improvement is greatly enhanced with the revised damper control software, improving the tune for the Torque Vectoring system.

It only seems natural that the ramped up power and speed of the new car should come with an equally capable braking system. The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is fitted with Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system with large 380mm front discs and 376mm rear brake discs as standard. A higher performance option is available with the Jaguars’ Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system with even larger 398mm and 380mm discs with six and four-piston monobloc calipers.

The new car features specially developed tires that deliver consistent grip levels without sacrificing ride quality, which is provided by the wider 265-35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZE20 tires. Contributing to a substantial weight reduction of 13.8kg are the 9J and 11J forged aluminum wheels which also bring the benefit of improved brake cooling due to the open spoke design. Coriolis wheels in Satin Technical Grey or Gloss Black are exclusively offered for the F-TYPE SVR while Maelstrom wheels with Satin Black finish are available for models with the CCM braking system installed.

Press Release

THE NEW 200MPH JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR TO MAKE GLOBAL DEBUT AT GENEVA

The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR, developed to exploit the lightweight aluminium sports car’s full potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is a 200mph, all-weather supercar.

More powerful, lighter, and benefiting from an enhanced chassis and driveline and active aerodynamics, the all-wheel drive F-TYPE SVR Coupé and Convertible deliver supercar performance – in all conditions – and unrivalled driver engagement and reward.

“The purity of the F-TYPE’s form is something truly special, but in designing the new F-TYPE SVR we had the opportunity to create something even more dramatic. Every additional form, line or
component is there for a reason, and contributes to the car’s increased performance as well as its
presence.

“Cutting-edge aerodynamics have always been fundamental to Jaguar design, and everything from
the enlarged air intakes to the active rear wing is essential to the new F-TYPE SVR’s dramatic looks and 200mph potential.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Raising the output of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to 575PS and 700Nm enables the F-TYPE SVR to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. Maximum speed of the Coupé model is 200mph, the Convertible 195mph.

The F-TYPE R is already a benchmark in the sports car segment but this model represented the
starting point for development of the F-TYPE SVR. Everything which contributes to performance and vehicle dynamics has been meticulously re-evaluated, re-engineered and optimised still further.

By exploiting the fundamental capability engineered in to the F-TYPE from day one, Jaguar Land
Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has developed Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production road car.

“Our objective was to take everything that our customers love about F-TYPE – the performance, the handling, the sound, the design – and take it to a whole new level. This is what the new F-TYPE SVR delivers: it’s a 200mph all-weather supercar.

“With 575PS, less weight, an uprated chassis and bespoke calibrations for the transmission and all-wheel drive system, performance is even more accessible and exploitable. This is a car that SVO has developed for true enthusiasts but it’s one that can be enjoyed every day.”
John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations

Raising the output of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to 575PS and 700Nm enables the F-TYPE SVR to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. Maximum speed of the Coupé model is 200mph, the Convertible 195mph.

The F-TYPE R is already a benchmark in the sports car segment but this model represented the starting point for development of the F-TYPE SVR. Everything which contributes to performance and vehicle dynamics has been meticulously re-evaluated, re-engineered and optimised still further.

By exploiting the fundamental capability engineered in to the F-TYPE from day one, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has developed Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production road car.

The 2017 model year F-TYPE Coupé range will consist of:

F-TYPE (340PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift RWD, manual RWD)
F-TYPE S (380PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift AWD)
F-TYPE British Design Edition (380PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift AWD)
F-TYPE R (550PS 5.0-litre V8, Quickshift RWD and AWD)
F-TYPE SVR (575PS 5.0-litre V8, Quickshift AWD)

The 2017 model year F-TYPE Convertible range will consist of:

F-TYPE (340PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift RWD, manual RWD)
F-TYPE S (380PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift RWD and AWD, manual RWD)
F-TYPE British Design Edition (380PS 3.0-litre V6, Quickshift AWD)
F-TYPE R (550PS 5.0-litre V8, Quickshift RWD and AWD)
F-TYPE SVR (575PS 5.0-litre V8, Quickshift AWD)

POWERTRAIN, DRIVELINE AND CHASSIS

The F-TYPE SVR is Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production road car but optimising everything from the calibration of all-wheel drive system to the valving in the dampers and the width of the tyres ensures that it remains a tractable, useable day-to-day sports car

Ultimate performance: Supercharged V8 with 575PS

The F-TYPE SVR features the latest evolution of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 to deliver 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 575PS and 700Nm.

Enlarged air intakes in the front bumper together with revised charge air coolers and redesigned bonnet vents deliver corresponding improvements in cooling system performance and powertrain efficiency.

The new lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system can withstand higher peak temperatures, reduces backpressure and saves 16kg – a weight reduction which exceeds the demanding target set during development. Compared to the F-TYPE R’s stainless steel system, Inconel’s increased thermal resistance meant that wall thickness could be halved to just 0.6mm.

The new system also delivers an even more distinctive, purposeful, harder-edged exhaust note, especially once the active valves in the rear silencers open – this happens at lower engine speeds to enhance the F-TYPE SVR’s performance character still further. Even the valves themselves are made from titanium because this is the ultimate lightweight solution. The four round tailpipes are distinguished by discreet SVR branding.

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 (10mm wider than the F-TYPE R), 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 DSC system set to TracDSC or switched off completely. Under these conditions, IDD will use the most extreme calibrations for the AWD system and for the EAD to fully exploit the available grip.

The gains in performance and driveability do not come at the expense of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: compared to the F-TYPE R, the figures on the European combined cycle remain unchanged at 25mpg and 269g/km respectively.

Light, stiff, precise

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 usability 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 SVO team the best possible starting point for developing the SVR’s vehicle dynamics.

That the vehicle is 25kg lighter as standard than the AWD F-TYPE R – and 50kg 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.

The rear knuckle is completely new. Now an intricate, weight-optimised aluminium die casting, the design of the part enables a 37 per cent increase in camber stiffness and a 41 per cent increase in toe stiffness, which translates into greater control of the tyre contact patch and an even more connected steering feel.

The front anti-roll bar diameter has been reduced slightly. Together with the revised damper control software, a unique tune for the Torque Vectoring system which enables even more precise control of the braking applied to the inner wheels, the changes mitigate understeer – even at high corner entry speeds.

Fitted as standard with Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system featuring large, 380mm and 376mm front and rear brake discs, the F-TYPE SVR can be specified with Jaguar’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system. Featuring even larger 398mm and 380mm discs and six- and four-piston monobloc calipers, this system delivers exceptional braking performance with outstanding fade resistance. The brake prefill system ensures consistent pedal feel, stop after stop.

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. The range of 9J and 11J forged aluminium wheels deliver weight savings of up to 13.8kg per vehicle vehicle – another weight reduction which beat the development target, and the open spoke design also improves brake cooling. Exclusive to the F-TYPE SVR, the range comprises Coriolis wheels in Satin Technical Grey or Gloss Black, and – for models fitted with the CCM braking system – Maelstrom wheels with a Satin Black polished finish.

The F-TYPE’s EPAS system already sets the benchmark for feel and response – especially off-centre. Further tuning of the control software delivers even better feedback and, combined with the stiffer rear knuckle assembly, the new wheels and tyres and the revised damper settings, means that the F-TYPE SVR steers with even greater immediacy and precision.

AERODYNAMICS

Reducing drag and lift contributes to the enhanced dynamics and performance and subtly enhances the F-TYPE’s award-winning design

The effort made in developing the chassis was matched by the work done on the F-TYPE SVR’s aerodynamics. Asked to solve the often conflicting requirements of reducing drag and reducing lift, the SVO team designed a full suite of features which work together to improve dynamics, stability, performance and efficiency.

To cut drag, the front bumper was extended outboard to mask as much of the wheels as possible. This also helps the airflow to remain attached to the sides of the car, reducing drag still further.

The front valance and front undertray also contribute to drag reduction but do much more to improve engine cooling. The louvre design of the new bonnet vents uses the flow of air over the bonnet to extract more hot air from the engine compartment.

Apertures in the wheelarch liners help the high pressure air to escape through the fender vents, helping to reduce front-end lift.

An under-floor tray beneath the rear suspension accelerates the airflow, reducing pressure and therefore reducing lift. Aerodynamics are further enhanced by the rear venturi. Integrating this feature was only possible because of the design of the lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system: using two individual rear silencers instead of a single transverse silencer enabled the venturi to be neatly packaged between them.

But the single most effective device developed for the F-TYPE SVR is its deployable rear wing: the highly optimised design is more effective and more aerodynamically-efficient in both raised and lowered and positions.

With the car in Normal mode, the wing deploys once vehicle speed reaches 60mph and 70mph for the Convertible and Coupé respectively. The wing will also deploy automatically whenever the driver selects Dynamic mode. In this raised position, the wing, together with the other aerodynamic enhancements, enables a reduction in the F-TYPE SVR’s drag and lift coefficients of 2.5 per cent and 15 per cent respectively compared to the F-TYPE R with spoiler deployed. When the SVR’s wing is in the lowered position, the corresponding improvements are 7.5 per cent and 45 per cent.

Exterior design options to complement the carbon fibre rear spoiler include a carbon fibre roof panel and a carbon fibre pack comprising the front chin section, bonnet louvres, fender vent ingots and door mirror caps.

Interior

A bespoke interior characterised by exquisite detailing and infotainment systems which support the latest wearable technology make the F-TYPE SVR even more desirable

The F-TYPE SVR’s performance does not come at the expense of comfort. The cabin gains cosseting 14-way SVR Performance seats finished in Jet black leather with a distinctive Lozenge Quilt pattern, contrast stitching and micro-piping and headrests embossed with the SVR logo. Customers also have the option of Siena Tan or Red leather upholstery.

The SVR Jet black leather and optional Jet black leather and suedecloth steering wheels feature black painted spoke outers and contrast stitching in a range of four colours. The unique anodised aluminium shift paddles are larger than those in other F-TYPE models to make changing gear even more instinctive.

The driver-focused theme of the ‘one-plus-one’ layout is enhanced with a suedecloth covering for the instrument cluster and centre console. Customers who select the optional Siena Tan or Red leather interiors benefit from full leather wrapping of the instrument panel.

The InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus infotainment systems feature eight-inch capacitive touchscreens, intuitive user interfaces and crisp, clear 3D map displays and offer 380W Meridian and 770W Meridian surround sound audio systems respectively.

As well as the familiar InControl Apps smartphone connectivity, InControl Secure vehicle monitoring and InControl Protect emergency call system, the F-TYPE SVR also offers the latest InControl Remote functionality, which – for the ultimate in convenience – now supports wearable technology.

Partnering the InControl Remote app for iOs smartphones is a companion app developed for the Apple Watch. Using this device, drivers can lock and unlock the doors, check key information such as fuel level or mileage, and locate the car on a map. InControl Remote even enables the driver to start the engine and set the climate control system temperature to pre-condition the cabin before the start of a journey. Nothing could be simpler.

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