2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Spied Testing on Nürburgring
Supercharged V-6 or V-8 Likely Under the Hood, More than 500 Ponies Rumored
Jaguar just released its first SUV, the decidedly sporty F-Pace, earlier this year. Available in either gasoline or diesel variants with up to 380 hp, F-Pace customers have several choices, but none will offer as much on-road performance as the vehicle you see here. It looks like the rumored R or SVR version of the crossover, which we expect as a 2018 model.
Changes made to the SUV’s styling are immediately obvious, even with the swirl-effect body wrap. Mesh camo does a poor job of hiding large air intakes at the lower corners of the front bumper, framing the upper and lower center grilles. Although it’s hard to tell from the photos, the suspension looks to be hunkered down lower over the large wheels, giving the SUV a more purposeful, road-oriented stance. The look only adds to the F-Pace’s graceful, aggressive styling, and we think this high-performance variant will be the most attractive road-oriented SUV yet.
What’s under the hood of the high-po F-Pace is a bit of a mystery. Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) other top-dog vehicles use a supercharged 5.0L V-8 that makes between 510 and 575 hp, depending on the application. That engine is a distinct possibility in the F-Pace R/SVR. However, since the F-Pace is built on the same platform as the compact Jaguar XE sedan, engine downsizing is also possible, meaning the SUV seen here could be sporting a highly tuned version of the 3.0L supercharged V-6 found in the F-Pace and F-Pace S. Regardless, expect close to 500 horses to appear under the Jag’s shapely hood.
With that kind of power, the F-Pace would have the stones to go toe to toe with the Porsche Macan Turbo, a high-performance compact SUV that produces “only” 440 hp. It would also compare very favorably to the coupe-like BMW X4 M40i’s 355 hp and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43’s 367 hp. In fact, in terms of power output, the F-Pace R/SVR more closely matches that of the larger, heavier BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo, two of the SUV world’s performance legends. With the F-Pace’s lighter weight, it has the potential to be a very nippy machine on your favorite canyon road and around the racetrack.
We’d be surprised if Jaguar gave the F-Pace more than 500 hp in order to maintain the current JLR pecking order, which sees the Range Rover Sport SVR at the top of the performance-SUV heap. That vehicle’s astounding performance comes courtesy of the aforementioned supercharged 5.0L V-8, which produces 550 hp as installed in the high-riding SUV’s engine bay. Then again, with a name inspired by Jaguar’s gorgeous F-Type sports car, maybe the F-Pace R/SVR will be the new champion SUV.
Image Source: Chris Doane Automotive