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2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe

#15
in Midsize coupes
2018 MODEL

$121,900

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Overview

Anybody who knows about the Jaguar F-type will tell you that it's a hardcore car in itself. But, It wasn't scintillating enough for Jaguar. They handed it over to the Special Vehicle Operations department to make it even more powerful and agile. Introducing, the 2018 Jaguar F-type SVR, the fastest production sports car by Jaguar. it's got almost all the elements of an excellent sports car, almost.

Powering the car is a 5.0L supercharged V8, borrowed from the regular F-type R but with a 25 hp bump. The engine now produces a numbing 575 hp and 516 lb-ft torque. The engine note that the car produces is a symphony of god, perhaps one of the best ever from a V8 engine.

Unlike the other F-types, the SVR features an AWD only powertrain which delivers power to all the wheels creating abnormal cornering abilities. The interior on the car features a generous dose of carbon fibre as well, which further helps with weight reduction. With a price tag of $122,750, the F-type SVR not only looks and sounds like a sports car, it costs like one too.

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Pros

The throaty exhaust note

Exclusivity

Old school Jaguar styling

Quirky interiors

Cons

Uncomfortable over large bumps

Pricier than rivals

Limited cargo space

Overenthusiastic steering feedback

What's New?

The 2018 Jaguar F-type SVR remains largely unchanged from the outgoing model


Features

Engine

v8 cyl

5 disp

MPG

16 city

Power

575 hp

516 torq

drivetrain

all wheel drive

transmission

Automatic



Styles

 2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe in Fuji White color  2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe in Carpathian Gray Metallic color  2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe in Loire Blue Metallic color  2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe in Caldera Red color  2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe in Ultra Blue Metallic color
Fuji White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

5.7

Exterior

8.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Jaguar F TYPE SVR Coupe SVR

SVR

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$121,900

Configurations
SVR 2dr Coupe AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A)
Transmission: 8A

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 11 days ago

7.3

Overall Rating


 

8.5/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Unlike the other F-Types, the SVR features an AWD only powertrain which delivers power to all the wheels creating outstanding cornering abilities. The Interior of the car features a generous dose of carbon fiber as well, which further helps with weight reduction. With a price tag of $122,750, the F-Type SVR not only looks and sounds like a sports car, it costs like one too.

Features

The Jaguar F-Type SVR is a stand-alone variant that has spun off from the F-type range. The car is loaded with a host of tech and extra power which helps to justify the price tag. The interior also features special SVR upholstery with ‘Lozenge’ quilt on the doors.

The trickery does not end there, the entire roof on the SVR is made from carbon fiber in addition to the carbon fiber active rear spoiler. The tires are also bespoke made by Pirelli for the SVR, they are around 20mm wider than the regular F-type R.

Trims Jaguar F-Type SVR
MSRP $122,750
Features
  • Front parking sensors
  • Carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  • Upgraded interior trim
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Heated windshield
  • Heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel
  • Self-parking system are available across the board

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As the Jaguar F-type SVR is in itself a sub-brand of the F-type, it has only one trim in its line-up.

Engine

8.5/10

“The 2018 Jaguar F-Type has a new base engine, so you can now get this car with a four-cylinder, V6, or V8 engine. All engines are powerful, but the range-topping V8s take power and acceleration to the extreme. The F-Type isn’t just a straight-line speed demon, however; it also handles adeptly and delivers a generally comfortable ride.” – cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The Jaguar F-type SVR features a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine that produces 575 horses and 516 lb-ft torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that shifts briskly and each time it downshifts, there are fireworks from the exhaust. The AWD powertrain along with the active aero hugs the car to the road even on the most enthusiastic runs.

The F-type SVR clearly leads the pack in terms of both power and torque. The Nissan GT-R is the only vehicle that is able to come close to the Jag and notably, it undercuts the F-type SVR by over $20,000.

Models Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
MSRP $122,750 $124,400 $99,990 $164,900
Engine 5.0L 8-cylinder Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo 3.8L twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 5.2L FSI dual-injection V10
Drive Train AWD RWD AWD AWD
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 575 hp 469 hp 565 hp 540 hp
Torque 516 lb-ft 465 lb-ft 467 lb-ft 398 lb-ft

Acceleration

Due to the AWD powertrain on the SVR, the engine is able to lay down the power in very efficient manner. The car roars its way to 60mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds and completes a quarter of a mile in 11.2 seconds. The car is also the greenest amongst its rivals with only 7.5 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Models Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
0-60 MPH 3.5sec 3.9 sec 2.9 sec 3.5 sec
Quarter mile 11.2 sec 11.4 sec 16.0 sec 10.9 sec
Engine 5.0L 4.0L 3.8L 5.2L
Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.5 9.8 9.8 10.4

The much more expensive Audi R8 shares the 0-60mph timings with the Jaguar. The Nissan GT-R, owing to its beastly straight line acceleration, beats the F-type SVR by 0.6 seconds in the 0-60mph run but falls nearly 5 seconds short on the quarter-mile run.

Ride and Handling

The SVO division has tuned the F-type SVR to give it a more planted ride, greater cornering abilities, and an unparalleled exhaust note. The car sticks to the road even when the engine is pushed to the redline. The suspension sports a firm set up which is fine on even surfaces but spoils the ride on bumpy roads.

Braking

The F-type SVR features huge 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors in the front and 14.8-inch rotors in the back. Pair that with the downforce created by the huge rear wing and the Jag manages to stop in an instant with a frighteningly sharp pedal response.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Brake Front(in) 15.0 14.2 15.4 14.4
Brake Rear(in) 14.8 14.2 15.0 14.0
Curb weight(lbs.) 3769 3682 3929 3737
60-0 MPH (ft.) 97 96 94 96

When compared to the rivals, the Jaguar F-type SVR fares more or less similar to its rivals as long as the 60-0 mph halt is considered. The Nissan GT-R leads the pack with 60-0 mph distance of 94 ft.

Fuel Economy

6.6/10

When you a buy a 100 grand + sports car with a big V8 motor in it, fuel economy is naturally bound to be immaterial. But, with the ongoings race to save the environment, big sports cars are certainly at the receiving end of all the flak from environmentalists.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
MPG (city) 15 16 16 14
MPG (highway) 23 21 22 22
MPG (combined) 18 18 18 17

The Jag fares nearly similar if not better, to all of its competitors as far as the fuel economy is concerned returning 15/23/18 mpg (City/Highway/Combined). The Audi R8 stays at the bottom end as it is the least fuel efficient car overall.

Interior

5.7/10

“Yes, as befitting a Jaguar, it’s luxurious, too. The materials inside are all first-rate and assembly is beyond reproach, and we love the gimmick of the center vents rising from the dash. The lone downside is the 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, which features a nonintuitive design that needs another round with the human-interface team.” – Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The seats featuring on the Jag are heavily bolstering and bucket like. These keep you in place even during most enthusiastic of runs. However, their bucket like nature is bound to be trouble for the taller or wider folks.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Passenger capacity 2 2 4 2
Passenger Volume (ft. cube) N/A 86 79 50
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.) 36.8/56.5/42.8 39.5/55.6/45.2 38.1/54.3/44.6 38.5/55.1/40.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.) N/A N/A 26.4/50.0/26.4 N/A

The Mercedes Benz AMG GT leads the race in terms of cabin room as it features the largest passenger volume and font room. The Jaguar features the biggest shoulder room but falls short on headroom when compared to the rivals.

Infotainment

The 2018 Jaguar F-type SVR now features an updated infotainment system called the Touch pro. It features an 8-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback, pinch and zoom maps and 4G LTE connectivity. However, new tech like Apple Carplay and Android auto are missing. The software provides a customizable home screen which adds to its functionality. The system is overall user-friendly and barring a few times, lag free.

Cargo Capacity

The Jaguar F-type SVR is the smallest amongst its rivals but still features the biggest cargo space. Two small bags can easily be fitted in the trunk. But, it’s a sports car and its made for speed rather than practicality. Therefore, it’s best staying away from airport runs on the Jaguar.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Volume (cube ft.) 14.4 10.1 8.8 8.0

Audi R8 is the gatekeeper of the list as it features the least amount of space in the back due to its rear-engined nature. The Nissan GT-R also loses out on cargo space due to its rear seats.

Interior Features

Some of the key interior features on the F-type SVR are:

  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Aluminum paddle shifters
  • 380-watt audio system
  • Rearview camera

Exterior

8.5/10

“New on the Jaguar F-Type’s exterior this year are LED headlights, and redesigned front and rear bumpers, giving the car a slightly more modern look without reducing the impact of its classic lines.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Although there are a lot of carbon fiber elements imbibed into the F-type SVR, they still fail to save the car from weighing almost 1.8 tonnes. However, it still weighs much less than the Nissan GT-R and almost the same as the Audi R8.

Overall, the Jaguar F-type is amongst the smallest cars in its segment with the GT-R being almost 10 inches bigger in length.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
curb weight(lbs.) 3769 3682 3929 3737
Length(in) 176.0 179.0 185.4 174.3
Width(in) 74.2 76.3 74.6 76.4
Height(in) 51.6 49.6 53.9 48.8
Ground clearance(in) 3.9 4.9 4.3 4.3
Wheelbase(in) 103.2 103.5 109.4 104.3
Track width(in) F/R 63/65 66.1/65.0 62.6/63.3 64.5/63.0

Exterior Features

The styling on the 2018 F-type SVR is one of kind. Some of its key interior features are

  • Huge rear wing
  • An Inconel and titanium exhaust system
  • SVR badge on the front grille
  • Front splitter
  • Rear venturi
  • Carbon fiber roof

A set of 19-inch wheels is standard on the Jag F-type SVR. The tires are said to be 20mm wider than the ones on regular F-types to help the SVR to attain some extra grip, especially during cornering.

Weight Distribution

Being a front-engined car, the Jag is a bit front heavy but still maintains optimum front and rear balance. The near perfect weight distribution helps it to effortlessly glide through corners at very fast speeds. The clever placement and distribution also create a wonderful seating position for the driver. The F-type SVR features the best and most balanced weight distribution amongst all its rivals but not by much.

Model Jaguar F-Type SVR Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Weight % (Front) 52 47 54 44
Weight % (Rear) 48 53 46 56

Safety

The F-type SVR has not been crash-tested yet and it’s not on the cards as of now either. Therefore, no test scores have been assigned to it yet. However, you can expect to be as safe as a bomb-proof shelter owing to its standard and optional active driver aids and a set of 6 airbags.

Standard Safety Features
Driver Air Bag
Passenger Air Bag
Front Head Air Bag
Front Side Air Bag
4-Wheel ABS
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control
Daytime Running Lights
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Traction Control
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning

Competition

Jaguar F-type SVR vs Mercedes Benz AMG GT

The Mercedes Benz AMG GT is made by the performance division AMG who are known for producing hooligans. The AMG GT is nothing less with its brute performance and RWD. The interior of the German-made car is much much better than the Jag and the infotainment is miles ahead in terms of refinement as well.

Where the Benz loses out to the Jag is the driver dynamics. There is no denying that the F-type SVR is better driving car both in a straight line and in corners. As both the cars cost almost equal to each other, the Jaguar F-type SVR is a better sports car.

Jaguar F-type SVR vs Nissan GT-R

The GT-R, when launched, was Japan’s answer to the world. It was nicknamed Godzilla for a reason. Nissan GT-R is still one of the fastest in a straight line but one can’t deny that it has now aged and offers far less than the competition.

Other than the price factor, everything on the Jaguar F-type SVR is better than the GT-R which is why it is going to be our pick amongst the two.

Jaguar F-type SVR vs Audi R8

The Audi R8, like the F-type SVR, is the flagship model from Audi. Like the Jag, it also features an AWD system that is second to none. Unlike the Jag, It costs a celestial $164,900, which is more than $40,000 expensive than the F-type SVR.

The Audi is a well-rounded sports car that is perhaps the easiest to drive amongst all. It goes over big bumps in an SUV-ish swagger and provides an all-around theatrical experience. But, the Jaguar is very close to it in terms of driver dynamics and offers way better value for money.

Final Verdict

The F-type SVR was made as a spiritual successor to the legendary E-type. It does complete justice to the legend and proves that the Britishers can very well challenge even the best of the sports car out there. The styling on the jag is pure artistry with its sloping rooflines to its cat-like front. It is such a practical and easy to drive the car that it can easily be your daily driver if you can live with the lack of rear seats. The most powerful Jaguar in the history, in our opinion, is also the best Jaguar you can buy at the moment and it comes excruciatingly close to even the epitome of a sports car, the Porsches, and the Ferraris.

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