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SAY HELLO TO THE EXCITING NEW F‑PACE SVR

The team at CarAdvice were huge fans of the original F-PACE SVR, a product of Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, with its “combination of V8 brawn and bespoke design”. So when their UK Bureau Chief Mike Duff had the chance to test drive the 2021 expression of this dynamic vehicle, he was understandably excited to get behind the wheel.

Along with some “visual tweaks and tucks, most obviously bigger intakes at the front and narrower all-LED headlights”, Duff said the most significant changes are found in the new interior, with a new dashboard that incorporates crisper looking digital instruments and an 11.4-inch central touchscreen running Jaguar’s smart new Pivi Pro infotainment.

SUPERCHARGED PERFORMANCE

The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 eight speed automatic delivers a pulse-quickening 405kW/700Nm, and this mighty V8 engine, Duff said, still sounds better than everything else in the segment. He found the revised gearbox delivered “impressively rapid shifts, and changes impressively snappily under full manual control – and the sizeable metal paddles behind the steering wheel have a great weight and action”. There was never a sense for Duffy of needing more from the driver’s seat.

ENGINEERED FOR PLAY

The substantial amount of work the SVO’s engineering team undertook on the SVR’s suspension was another notable plus for Duffy, with the vehicle driving as well as anything its size and weight could be expected to on the rough English roads he drove it on. He found the Jaguar “uses its wheel travel intelligently to parry bumps and fill dips”. The SVR’s playful side has survived intact in the 2021 model and delivers “a level of instinctive and unscary throttle adjustability that would be impressive in anything, let alone a 2.2 tonne SUV”.

With Jaguar’s announcement that it will have produced its last combustion car as soon as 2025, Duffy considers the F-PACE SVR to mark the end of an era, predicting nothing will ever sound as good as this F-PACE does. And with the many improvements made on this model, the price is right for this fantastic vehicle with the “stonking supercharged engine, and styling that matches the aggressive performance on offer.”

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