The Jaguar F-Pace SVR, Jag’s flagship performance SUV, has been facelifted for 2021. Updates include more power from its 5-litre supercharged V8 engine, revised dampers and steering calibration and the addition of the latest version of JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment system. Read on for everything you need to know.
While changes on the outside are minimal, improved airflow for better engine and brake cooling is promised thanks to revised apertures and vents at the front, and Jaguar says lift and drag has also been reduced by up to 35% as a result. These new vents can be seen in the revised front bumper, which features a lower and bigger air intake and new side vents and have a new mesh which was inspired by the XE Project 8 super saloon. Also at the front are quad LED headlights which feature Jag’s signature ‘double j’ shaped daytime running lights and come with Adaptive Driving Beam system, which reads the road ahead for optimum light projection. The bonnet is also longer with a wider power bulge.
At the back, slimmer double chicane lights which were first seen on the I-Pace can be found and there’s a new SVR badge, plus quad tailpipes sitting in the lower rear bumper. For the first time there’s the option of adding 22-inch forged alloy wheels which are finished in gloss black with grey satin inserts.
It’s an upgrade on materials all-round when it comes to the cabin, with the seat and door inserts wrapped in Alcantara and Windsor leather found in places like the central cubby. Alcantara also trims the 12.3-inch digital driver display, and there is now the option of speccing the car with leather sports seats stamped with a SVR logo. Other changes include a re-design of the drive selector, some SVR-specific trim on the steering wheel and a smattering of new switchgear, such as the metallic rotary dial which controls the Jaguar Drive control function.
The biggest news is the fact that the F-Pace SVR now features an 11.4-inch curved glass HD touchscreen, which is 48% larger than the outgoing system as well as three times brighter. It is simpler and more intuitive to use, with 90% of common tasks performed in two taps or fewer. The new Pivi Pro system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and there’s optional wireless charging available. It is also capable of over-the-air software updates which will cut down the number of times customers have to visit the dealership, and a new Active Noise Cancellation system removes road noise from the cabin.
While the F-Pace SVR retains its 5-litre supercharged V8 engine, torque has increased by 20Nm to 700Nm, which makes it three tenths of a second faster from 0-62mph, now covering it in four seconds flat. Top speed has also been nudged by 2mph to 178mph. To cope with the extra shove the new F-Pace SVR has been fitted with the same torque converter found in the XE SV Project 8, and interestingly CO2 and fuel economy have both been marginally improved, standing at 275g/km and 23.1mpg respectively.
The throttle map and damping have been retuned, with Dynamic mode offering a sharper throttle response and stiffer suspension. The steering weight and exhaust map have been improved too, and there’s the addition of a Dynamic Launch function for standstill starts. Finally, the brakes have been improved via an Integrated Power Booster which shortens the brake pedal and enhances stopping power.
The new Jaguar F-Pace SVR is available to order now and starts at £77,595.