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Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

  • Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

  • Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

  • Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

  • Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

  • Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

Jaguar F-type SVR (2016): the first spy photos

This is our first look at the new range-topping Jaguar F-type SVR – a hero roadster and coupe duo being readied to crown the fast-growing (and downright fast) F-type sports car family.

It is understood to be an early engineering mule to test the aero and engineering tweaks under development for the quickest F-type yet. It comes as Jaguar expands the F-type range with 4×4 AWD models and a manual transmission, confirmed at this month’s LA motor show.

Jaguar F-type SVR: the spec

Remember the Range Rover Sport SVR? That was the first standalone production car to come from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicles Operation outfit, designed to produce more bespoke, and even faster, models to sit at the top of the family tree.

Well, now the same logic is being applied to the Jaguar range. And CAR believes that the F-type will be among the first Jags to sport the new SVR badge.

A big wing and loads of grunt

This early prototype is testing a new rear wing and appears to be sporting several aero addenda snaffled from the F-type Project 7, another product of the fledgling SVO division. The rear diffuser, for instance, is almost a carbon copy of that car’s.

This makes sense from an engineering and cost perspective. The Project 7 is a limited-edition, model and the Special Ops team is keen to share the learnings from that on more mainstream models.

Four exhaust pipes, large 20in alloys housing serious ceramic brakes and a new front air dam complete the physical makeover. Quite what’s under the bonnet is not yet known.

So what will power the Jag F-type SVR?

The smart money points to an evolution of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the existing F-type R models. They produce 543bhp/502lb ft, while the Project 7 develops a further 25bhp from the same engine.

An SVR version would presumably have to nudge even nearer a supercar-jostling 600bhp. We’ll find out for sure nearer the expected 2016 launch.

The regular R models – if they can ever be described as regular – are likely to continue underneath the SVR model, CAR understands.

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