A slight touch of history.
Jaguar is a special automaker with a tremendous history. Founded in 1922 by William Lyons, the brand was originally named Swallow Sidecar Company (SS Cars Ltd). However, after WW2 because of the evocation of the German SS the name was changed for Jaguar. Elegance, speed and distinction were then the light motive of the brand just like the animal who gave its name to the British automaker.
Jaguar is well known for its beautiful and elegant berlines but it’s also one of the most titled brand in automobile sports. In fact, it won the 24h du Mans 7 times just behind Ferrari (9 times), Audi (13) and Porsche (19). In the 50’s the title battle was fierce with Ferrari. Jaguar won in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957 when Ferrari won in 1949, 1954 and 1958.
Among the most famous Jaguar we can easily cite the C-Type (which won at le Mans in 1951 and 1953), The D-Type (which won at le Mans from 1955 to 1957), the XK120 (produced from 1948 to 1954) and the E-Type (from 1961 to 1975).
However, between 1975 and 2013 nothing really exciting came out of the Jaguar factory. I mean no real sports car. They did make some beautiful and elegant berlines but no desirable coupe. It was like the Jaguar was not quick anymore.
Back to modern days: Jaguar F-Type SVR
No more sport and elegance combined until the F-Type came out in 2013. This was a small revolution for the brand. For decades Jaguar put aside its sport heritage and it all came back with the F-Type.
Offered in several versions the F-Type is made to be a sport coupe without compromising on confort and elegance. This is actually all we were waiting for.
Monday 8am. Our heart rates increase, respiration accelerate, what happens? Our eyes widely open just saw a stunning Jaguar F-Type SVR. You find us crazy? What if we had it for a full week?
From the city to the highway and the backcountry roads. From a sunny August day to an August thunderstorm with poring rain we experienced it and enjoyed every single second. But let’s start with the 1st impression.
Design at its finest
Several reaction can occur when you stare at a F-Type SVR. You can smile, be amazed, some can even be caught drooling…
Some may also ask what it is. Clearly it’s not a Lamborghini this is way more elegant, it’s not a Ferrari neither (even if it’s red). In fact it’s simply a proper Jaguar : desirable, quick and elegant. It might be surprising considering how long we waited for a Jaguar like this.
Its lines are incredibly attractive. In our opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful car ever produced. The car looks quite short and the proportions are almost perfect. The highlight of the car for us is definitely the back of it. wow. We could be starring at it for hours. It also reminds us the legendary E-Type but in a modern way. Honestly, there is not a lot a bad things we can say on this car from the outside, it’s stunning.
The only thing we are not sure about the design is the carbon wing at the back on this SVR version. It’s kind of well integrated but do we really need it? I mean it’s a GT, a quick one but still a GT. Further more, we think that if you’re going with the wing it will be better to take off the Jaguar logo which is sort of stuck below the wing.
On a detail scale, the big yellow brakes clippers (specific to the carbon ceramic option) are stunning and let us imagine how fast is this car. It’s also a detail that shows that this F-Type is not a regular one.
If it’s as good to drive as to look at Porsche should be worried…
Behind the steering wheel, first impression
Aboard you don’t feel like in a supercar. It’s quite spacious and the visibility is quite good. The inside feeling is quite comparable to the one of a Porsche 911 and it’s a good thing. The black leather is beautiful and the red stitching is just superb.
In this SVR version the interior is a mix of leather, alcantara and carbon. We appreciated the fact that the Alcantara wasn’t on the steering wheel or the seats but on the upper part of the dashboard. Alcantara it’s sporty and good looking but after couple of years it can looks terrible, so the less you touch it the better it is.
Also, the steering wheel has kind of a weird design in our sense because the center is particularly low. Overall, it’s quite big (very 2013).
The cockpit instrumentation is not digital and this seems like a small victory in a time where there are more screens in a car than gears.
The entertainment systems is surprisingly good probably because it’s the 2018 model with the updated system. Anyway, we are just here to drive and get lost on small winding roads so we don’t really need anything more than a steering wheels and pedals. This car is the entertainment!
Overall, is the quality of the interior as good as a 911 ? The answer is no but who cares because the exterior is so sexy and the engine is magnificent.
Enough blabla, just looking at it is great but the more you stare at it the more you want to drive it. It’s like the car was calling you. Push the brakes pedal, push the start and stop button and the 5.0L V8 awake in a tremendous sound.
Oh yeah, we forget one button, just aside the gearbox, you must press on the exhaust valve button (except if you try to be discret).
1st gear (or drive if you prefer) and it’s a go. The steering is very precise without feeling each small rocks on the road like in a supercar.
We can regret that this car is not equipped with a manual transmission but when driving it we couldn’t complain too much about the gearbox. The 8-speed automatic gearbox is almost perfect, it shifts as quick as you can imagine and knows exactly what you want to do and when you want it.
Why almost then? We find it a little bit too intrusive especially in “manual”. For example one the highway if you want to stay in 7th or 8th gear but go flat out the car automatically retrogrades in 4th or 5th gear to give you more torque. It’s good but can sometimes become annoying if you want to cruise.
In the city!
It’s incredibly easy to drive, its contained proportions help to navigate through the big cities without worrying too much at each street corner/parking.
With its integral transmission system it’s a 4 seasons car just like a 911 4s (or Turbo). During my week with it, I did use it every single day to capture every feelings, sensations one can have driving this beast. Honestly it’s really easy to use. You can drive to work with it, do your groceries or whatever you can think about. Actually, this car is a all-in-one just like a Porsche 911.
We casually compare this car to a 911 but this is huge deal. For decades Porsche was kind of alone in the daily usable sports car segment, the F-Type is a game changer and offer a real alternative to a 911.
One thing that impressed us in this car is how quickly you hit the city speed limit. Just think about your accelerator and you’re done, you’re at 50km/h. However, let’s be honest no one really need that much power in the city and therefore it’s safe to say that it’s not its favorite playground.
On the road!
Here we go. Time to escape the city and hit some propers roads. I mean road with a lot of corners and no one. Reading this article you probably already know that the F-Type SVR is quick, really quick.
In fact, this Jaguar is the most powerful ever made by the English automaker for a production car. The supercharged V8 develops 575hp at 6,500rpm. Let me tell you, on the road you can feel every single horse power of the beast. Your ribs are literally printed in the seats when you go flat out.
More impressive, the car handle the power with an incredible ease. The integral transmission probably helps a lot with it but the feeling is just nuts. You can press the throttle 100% when you’re stop and the is going without spinning. All the power is transferred to the ground and the car propulse you from 0 to 100 in 3.7sec. And the sound… it’s just magnificent. The car roars like no others. Putting words on this kind of things is always difficult but the sound of this car is simply addictive.
Addictive is what defines this car the best. The exhaust backfire and crackle. As soon as you release the gas you hear bubbles and holy s*** it’s good. The more you drive it the more excited you get. The car is incredibly stable and effective. Furthermore, the handling is marvellous, behind the steering wheel you are in complete harmony with the machine… And what a machine, the corner speed you can carry is out of this world.
The integral transmission and great balance of the car make it glue to the road. As a result, when you exit a corner don’t worry, put your foot to the floor and follow your line. For some people this car may almost appears too gentle. In fact, power sliding is pretty much impossible without switching off the driving assistances.
Quickly corners are jumping to your face and it’s already time to hit the brakes. To stop this spaceship our version was equipped with the optional carbon ceramic brakes. Well, it’s safe to say that this F-Type brakes at least as much as it accelerates.
At the end of the day, it appears to us that on the road, the limits of the car are not easy to find. It’s probably better like this but if you want to fully exploit this car you have to go to the track.
The car drives brilliantly and makes you feel special. As a result, while driving it one common side effect is smiling.
This car is all about driving experience and pleasure without forgetting confort and practicality. What else? Its design is amazing and… We need one!
#FunToDrive score : 96/100
With the F-Type SVR Jaguar created an incredible car probably one of its best! First of all stunning to look at and luckily it’s also brilliant to drive. The clear family link with the E-Type is a great thing for every classic Jaguar lover. Above all, the V8 of the feline is magnificent, and it sounds amazing. To sum up, this is the Jaguar we’ve been waiting for ages!
It’s now time for you to discover our “F-Type SVR” story at the top of our Instagram profile.
Keep it #FunToDrive.