Harry Metcalfe puts the new Jaguar F-Pace SVR through its paces on a trans-European blast.
The launch of Jaguar’s F-PACE SVR was delayed by nine months – but was it worth the wait?
The SVR is noticeably different from its competitors. Sitting between the Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio on one hand and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Range Rover SVR on the other in terms of size, weight and price the F-PACE packs JLR’s gem of a supercharged V8 rather than the twin-turbo V6 or V8 configuration favoured by Porsche and Alfa. It also sits on steel springs rather than air suspension.
“The engine dominates everything…”
Harry drives the 550 bhp sports SUV from San Remo to the UK via the Alps where the twisty Italian roads of the Aosta valley give him a chance to give it a proper workout.
Praising its characterful engine, instantaneous torque, practicality and pliable suspension setup Harry doesn’t think that it feels like an SUV at all. Bigger but more nimble and powerful than the Macan and Stelvio and considerably cheaper than the Cayenne
With prices starting from £75,000, the F-PACE SVR looks like a serious challenger in the super-SUV niche.
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