This is the section where the SVR should excel and in terms of engine performance it definitely makes an impression.
It now gets the more powerful motor from the limited edition Project 7, which is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 567bhp and all four wheels are driven. To make the SVR a better track weapon, the SVO division has also added wider 20-inch forged alloy wheels, new adaptive dampers, stiffer anti-roll bars and a knuckle for the rear suspension for better lateral loading. You also get a faster processor which controls the power steering, automatic gearbox, stability control, active rear differential and four-wheel drive system in a more efficient and faster way.
Like before, the supercharged motor makes its intentions clear as soon as you push the start button - it comes to life with a deep gurgle.
I got to drive the car around the Gaydon test track which isn't like a race track where you can go flat-out all the time. Instead I drove the car over a set of different parameters, to get a wider perspective on this Jag. To begin with, I started driving the car over a purpose-built rutted road and the SVR, to my surprise, gobbled up everything with ease. Sure the normal version of the car, which sports a more forgiving suspension setup will do a better job, but the SVR too felt good. I could hear the suspension working away especially over sharper potholes but body movement was well controlled. Then we moved on to the slalom course which revealed the SVR’s greater agility. The recalibrated electric steering is quick and the SVR felt grippy, agile and connected. Then we moved on to a drag strip where I could unleash all of the 567 horses. Despite lacking launch control, the AWD SVR just clawed up the tarmac and with no drama whatsoever, it just hurtled towards the horizon. The SVR accelerated in excess of 210kmph in less than 500 meters of the drag strip, which is seriously quick.
Like with the R, the SVR’s exhaust note is its party trick. In comfort mode it feels relatively well behaved. But as soon as you shift to Dynamic, the butterfly valves open and it just sounds incredible. It’s got a deep burble at idle, sounding like a hairy chested V8 muscle car at part throttle and howls like a supercar as it nears its 6500rpm redline.
Post the drag strip, we moved on to the main track which has four lanes, four corners and two long straights. On the straights the SVR felt really quick and a glance at the speedo revealed me doing in excess of 300kmph! All this was done without a hiccup from the F-Type SVR, giving me a lot of confidence thanks to the rock solid straight line stability and accurate steering. Around bends the SVR felt calm composed and had lots of grip. But like with the R, it really likes to wag its tail, albeit in a more predictable manner. Make no mistake, this is no porsche or Ferrari beater which feels more agile and precise, but on its own it felt accurate enough and has a character of its own.