The people at Tata Motors have clearly let its engineers go crazy. Case in point, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR coupe I am testing this week. Jaguar has a whole division called Special Vehicle Operations, and they are doing some amazing work.
This thing is fast.
Let’s get the important numbers out of the way first: Top speed is 200-miles per hour and the SVR will tote you from a dead stop to 60-miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Look down at your watch for how long 3.5 seconds is and you’ll be amazed that you can get to 60-MPH in that amount of time.
That lightening-fast performance is all thanks to a combination of a 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 575-horses, an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and an outstanding all-wheel drive system that keeps the Jag on the ground during takeoff. This car is has amazing torque and will pin you to the seat.
It’s also a looker.
Of course, a car this fast has to look great and this Jaguar F-Type certainly turns heads, especially in the silver color I am testing. The 20” alloy wheels with massive ceramic brakes look fantastic. From the front, you have a lower split front spoiler to channel air under the car for higher speeds.
The headlights and taillights are unique, and the rear spoiler is wider and taller than other F-Type models and automatically rises when you get to 60-miles per hour. It almost looks a little too large to me, but at over 100-miles per hour, you need it.
Hear it roar.
As you walk up to this car and hit the unlock button on your key fob, door handles pop out for entry. This is all part of the aerodynamics allows this car to be so fast. Sit down behind the wheel and hit the start button, and get ready for the sound of the damndest exhaust system I’ve ever heard. Part of the performance magic of this car is that Jaguar cut a lot of weight out, including going to a Titanium exhaust system. Besides cutting out 32 pounds of weight, this also resulted in an incredible sound.
The F-Type comes in a convertible also, and several different trim levels. The base coupe starts at $61,000 and from there you move up to the Premium, the Type-S, the 550-horse Type-R, and finally the version I am testing, the SVR.
Luxury abounds inside.
As you would expect, the interior of this car is super luxurious and the seating surfaces are quilted, as are the door panels. I am not sure I’ve seen this in a car before, and it’s not only eye-catching, it feels good to the touch. The seats are very comfortable and heavily bolstered.
All the controls and gauges are very easy to see and reach. You get a real feel of an airplane cockpit when you are behind the wheel. Everything operates from a color touchscreen and it is super easy to operate, although at times, it is a little slow. There are controls on the 3-spoke steering wheel for the cruise control and to change the driver info readout on the dash.
The center console has buttons to quiet that amazing exhaust system, you can manually raise the spoiler, and thankfully you can turn off the start/stop system. The gearshift takes a bit to get used to. There is a button to put it park, but reverse is forward, unlike what most people are used to. The headroom is somewhat short due to the lower roofline, but people up to about 6’ tall will be fine, once you get inside. Another cool but useless feature is when you start the Jag, two large air vents rise from the dash. For a coupe, the trunk space is good and fairly deep and will accommodate a couple of golf bags or pieces of luggage.
It comes fully equipped for the six figure price.
When you get into cars that cost into the six figures, everything comes as no cost. Some of the bigger items you should know about include: a panoramic moon roof, a Meridian sound system with 770-watts, navigation, heated and cooled seats, power-operated trunk, and blind spot monitoring, a must with any two-door car. With the SVR, you also get a lot of carbon fiber on the inside of the car, which is always a nice touch.
The Jaguar F-Type SVR is insanely fun to drive.
It’s also more comfortable than most super fast coupes. The all-wheel system works as well as any car I’ve ever tested, especially when heading into curves at a high rate of speed. Fuel economy might be OK if you drive it easily, but that is not going to happen, the allure of the exhaust sound, and the feel of 575-horses cannot be denied.
Yes, this car is a lot of money, but it’s a lot of car, too, and it is a technological marvel with an outstanding appearance.