The Jaguar F-Type SVR summed up in 3 minutes

It’s the shape of the thing… that hits you first.
The long hood, the open face, and those hips… To say that Ian Callum’s style influence at Jaguar has been a good thing is as vast an understatement as saying the F-Type is a non-subtle piece of automobile.
Despite the fact that your heart never fully moves on from the lines of the car, your eyes do… that’s because your ears are taken over by the noise of the thing.
Between the valley created by the front fenders, you have a 5.0-liter V8 and it works like a superhero duo with the supercharger sitting on top of it. Batman and Robin don’t cause screams like these two though, because they don’t use guns. The F-Type, however, sounds like it’s fronting an assault on everything and everyone it drives by because there’s the rapid fire pop when you lift off the throttle.
This is one of the few machines that sounds as good or even better off the throttle as it does when your foot is attempting to squeeze the life out of the go pedal.
The steering is fine but you won’t be dancing with a Porsche on a curvy road. The gearbox is perfectly suited for the car because it’s the oft-used and always loved ZF eight speed. Sending the power out to all four wheels, you’d think would sap some of the RWD fun of the prior R iteration… but you’d be wrong.
This is still the Gentleman Hooligan’s ride of choice. If you desire to arrive to your local high society snob spot, you can do so sideways and loud. And I recommend you do this everywhere you go by pressing that exhaust button and leaving all four pipes un baffled so they may sing the V8 song to all those present in a three county radius.
You want one of these for yourself. That’s no surprise. You’ll need to part with at least $130,000. In an anti-porsche move, the options list doesn’t climb too high from there. You don’t need the carbon ceramics because you’re not taking this to the track…. So save the dough. Enjoy the open road, the view of the hood and fenders stretching before you, and one of the hilariously great soundtracks of any modern vehicle on this planet.
[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed us the keys to the F-Type SVR for a week and included a tank of fuel. That fuel went quick, as most of it was burnt up by the exhaust farting awesomeness into the air.]

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8 responses to “The Jaguar F-Type SVR summed up in 3 minutes”

  1. SoldierofaDifferentStripe Avatar

    I remember the first XK-E I ever saw – a yellow roadster, brand new, sitting on the showroom floor. I was probably 13. The second was a brg coupe parked just behind the roadster. I was hooked. While stationed in W.Germany in the ’80’s, I drove an XJ-6C for a while, but let it go for a newer 735i.
    The F-Type captures the essence of the E. The gentleman’s hot rod, indeed.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I spent two days driving an E-Type around the Tahoe/Reno area and it remains one of the greatest driving experiences of my life… the car was so good.
      4.2-liter I6. Syncro’d manual gearbox. Convertible.
      It was a Series 1 1/2 car and it was god damn glorious.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    Just when you wonder if the British auto industry was straying too far from its roots, out comes something like this Jag.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      I’m confused… they’re well made and pretty reliable.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar


        1. mdharrell Avatar

          If it helps, my Allegro recently cooked its starter motor.

    2. CraigSu Avatar

      Well, to be fair they’re not owned by the British anymore.

  3. crank_case Avatar

    Silly hoodie basseball cap combo, scruffy, slurred, unintelligible speech. Have you considered a career as a modern hippety hop artist?