► Jaguar F-Pace SVR spied
► Scoop photos from the Ring
► Expected in 2018, 500bhp+
The battle of the super-SUVs is about to heat up - and we're not just talking about the new Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus.
Jaguar is readying a red-hot F-Pace SVR, developed by the nascent Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) team, Jaguar Land Rover's skunkworks.
So how powerful will the Jag F-Pace SVR be?
This is set to be one of the fastest crossovers out there, borrowing the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the F-type SVR sports car. All the indications are that the peak performance figures will be just as high - current estimates, derived from the V8's application in the sports car, are:
- Power 567bhp
- Torque 516lb ft
- Top speed 170mph+ derestricted
- 0-62mph Sub 4.0sec
So the supercharged F-Pace will be well equipped to battle the Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Our new spy photographs suggest the aero kit on the SVR will substantially beef up the look of the F-Pace crossover. Managing airflow to the brawny V8 will be complex, and the disguise of this prototype masks numerous air vents punctuating the bodywork and deep lip spoiler.
Quad exhaust pipes nestling in a rear diffuser are a typical SVR indicator and close inspection of our pictures reveals new air breathers on the flanks too.
Naturally, this will be an all-wheel drive car, hooked up through an automatic-only eight-speed transmission.
When can I buy an F-Pace SVR?
No official word yet. Our sources suggest the supercharged F-Pace V8 could make its debut at the New York motor show in April. This would point to an on-sale date of late summer 2018.
It's too early to talk about pricing, but this is clearly going to be the priciest - as well as fastest - SUV ever to be made by Jaguar.
Expect to pay upwards of £75,000.
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