Meow! Jag’s 200 mph F-Type SVR growls its way into Geneva

The surprise was spoiled a bit when images leaked online a few weeks ago, but the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR is the kind of car that will always attract a lot of attention. We already know the SVR has 575 horsepower and will top 200 mph, but here are the rest of the details on Jag’s long-awaited F-Type hot rod.

This is the car Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division seemed destined to build and, on paper at least, it doesn’t disappoint. As previously disclosed, the SVR uses a tuned version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the F-Type R, gaining 25 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque, for a total of 516. Like the F-Type R, the SVR is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The highlight of the changes is a new Inconel-titanium exhaust system that should produce a lovely sound, as well as reduce back pressure. Jaguar also says the lightweight materials save 35 pounds. Overall, Jag claims the SVR weighs around 110 pounds less than an F-Type R, and further weight savings are possible with options like carbon-ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber roof. The transmission and all-wheel drive system were also recalibrated to handle the engine’s extra power, and to provide a more lively experience for the driver.

Jaguar says the SVR will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, compared to 3.9 seconds for the F-Type R. We also now know that eye-widening 200 mph top speed only applies to the coupe. The convertible will “only” do 195 mph.

The SVR certainly looks more aggressive than other F-Type models, but Jag claims this isn’t just about showing off. The wider front bumper covers more of the wheels, reducing drag, the carmaker says. There are also holes in the wheel arches that allow air to escape, and an underfloor tray to smooth airflow beneath the rear suspension. Jaguar also tweaked and enlarged the active rear spoiler to reduce drag, without compromising its ability to deliver grip-enhancing downforce.

Despite its outward focus on performance, the F-Type SVR’s interior proves this car is no stripped-out track rat. There are 14-way power leather seats, anodized aluminum shift paddles (larger than the ones in the standard F-Type), and a Meridian surround-sound system. The SVR also gets the latest version of Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system, including navigation, an app suite, and the InControl Remote app, which allows owners to check on their cars from a synced smartphone.

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. Prices will start at $126,945 for the coupe, and $129,795 for the convertible.

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