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DRIVING WITH DAN

2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

DAN WIESE

It blends hot-rod performance with high-level civility and dashing good looks

It could be argued that, with its 1991-'93
GMC Typhoon, General Motors invented the
seemingly oxymoronic category of the hot-rod
SUV.
It also can be argued that, in 2019, Jaguar,
with its F-Pace SVR, has elevated that
contradictory discipline to an art.
The notion of a hot-rod SUV gained traction
(in more ways than one) in the final decade
of the last century with the debut of the
turbocharged Typhoon, with its 280 hp, 360
lb.-ft. of torque, rear-biased all-wheel drive,
lowered sport suspension, performance tires
and 5.3-second run to 60.
Flash forward to now, and it seems just
about everybody offers a hot-rod ute -- Alfa
Romeo, Jeep, Mercedes, you name it.
Jaguar's entry is the F-Pace SVR, a product
of the gearheads at Jaguar Land Rover's
Special Vehicle Operations.
And special it is.
Rather than the supercharged, 3.0-liter sixpack powering other gasoline-fed F-Paces -340 or 380 hp, depending on the model, SVR
is motivated by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8
that lays down 550 hp and a pavement-rippling
502 lb.-ft. of torque, all channeled to all four
wheels via a seamless eight-speed automatic.
Asterisks to that powertrain -- both welcome
-- include a driver-selectable manual mode for
direct control of the gearbox's shift points and
a rear-bias for the all-wheel drive system in
order to retain Jaguar's traditional rear-drive
ambience.
We greeted 60 mph in a blink over 4
seconds, all the while enjoying the fury of the
performance exhaust.
In relaxed motoring, that exhale exhibits a
merely purposeful rumble. When provoked,
however, it snarls and roars, providing a
pulse-pounding audio accompaniment to
high-velocity launches. Suddenly jump off the
throttle, and that sport exhaust crackles, pops
and percolates in the finest hot-rod fashion.
(Joked one friend: "You'd think for this kind of
dough they could afford to install a muffler!")
What a hoot!
During normal driving, during which we
registered 15 mpg in 130 miles around town,
this guy is quiet, comfortable, supremely
composed and absolutely civil in its demeanor
-- a demeanor that can be tailored via driverselectable Eco, Comfort and Dynamic chassis

modes. But even in the Comfort setting,
SVR, with its performance-tuned suspension
dampers, low-profile Pirelli Scorpion highperformance rubber and, in our case, towering
22-inch wheels (21s are standard) -- well, if
you're looking for a soft ride you'll get your
heart broken.

hood nostrils, big red brake calipers peeping
through the SVO wheels, and quad chrome
tailpipes, two bundled at each side, hint that
there's more going on under the hood than
meets the eye.
Inside are quilted-leather and hugely
bolstered sport buckets that are designed to

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The supercharged V-8 in the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR generates 550 hp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque.

Regarding appearance, F-Pace was already
among the best-dressed luxury crossovers
on offer, so SVR sticks mainly with the
dress code. However, bigger front-fascia air
intakes, unique wheel-arch trim, functional

accept a five-point racing harness and, in our
SVR, the optional Aluminum Weave Carbon
Fiber trim, which is simultaneously sporty
and elegant.
Standard cabin equipment includes a 10inch touchscreen, navigation and 380-watt
Meridian audio. We optioned up to the 825watt surround-sound version.
Room in this five-passenger rocket is
excellent front and rear, even under the
standard panoramic sunroof. The InControl
infotainment interface demands a learning
curve, but the screen is wide enough for
Cinemascope and, in a welcome old-school
touch, it provides a knob for audio volume.
Well-heeled shoppers seeking a visceral

Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer
drivingwithdan@gmail.com

2019 JAGUAR F-PACE
SVR
DRIVE FORMAT: All-wheel drive with
rear-drive bias
BASE PRICE: $80,925
PRICE AS DRIVEN: $89,900;
includes these major options:
$3,600 Driver Assist Pkg.; $1,530
22-inch 5-split-spoke wheels; $1,300
Aluminum Weave Carbon Fiber Trim;
$1,010 Head-Up Display
ENGINE: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
HORSEPOWER: 550 at 6500 rpm
TORQUE: 502 lb.-ft. at 2500 rpm
REQUIRED FUEL: Premium
TRANSMISSION: Eight-speed
automatic with paddle-shift manual
mode
EPA MPG: 16 city/21 hwy/18
combined
WHEELBASE: 113.1 inches
LENGTH: 186.5 inches
CARGO (est: rear seat up/down):
34 cu. ft./63 cu. ft.
CURB WEIGHT (est.): 4,800 lbs.
WHERE BUILT: Solihull, United
Kingdom

driving experience that also boasts the
practical aspects of five-passenger seating and
a big cargo bay -- all wrapped in a gorgeous
body -- will find the Jaguar F-Pace SVT has
few peers.
The conflicted Typhoon can now feel
vindicated.

This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios.
The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis
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