Prepare yourself Australia, Jaguar’s 320km/h F-Type is coming our way.
THE Jaguar F-Type SVR, the fastest and most hardcore F-Type ever, is coming to Australia. Jaguar gave the flagship its first public outing at today’s Geneva Motor Show, and Wheels can now confirm that the V8-powered, 320km/h coupe and convertible will hit Aussie roads as early as late 2016.
“Yep, we’re definitely getting it,” said Jaguar Australia boss Matthew Wiesner. “That type of product has a place in our market, and yes, that’s in a very niche way, but it plays an important role for the brand overall.”
There’s no word yet on exactly when the SVR F-Type will arrive, or how much it’ll cost, but expect to pay a healthy premium over the current king of the F-Type family, the $245,280 all-wheel-drive F-Type R Coupe.
The F-Type SVR is powered by a 423kW/700Nm 5.0-litre V8 and can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, meaning it will be the fastest accelerating Jaguar on sale in Australia.
Bigger carbon ceramic brakes are fitted to keep all that grunt in check, and have the added benefit of being 21kg lighter than the F-Type’s regular steel stoppers.
There’s also wider tyres and lightweight wheels, new dampers and anti-roll bars, plus a bespoke calibration for the F-Type’s eight-speed auto.
Visually, the SVR cops a larger and more aero-friendly front bumper and splitter, a flat underfloor and revised rear diffuser to go with that massive carbon fibre active rear wing that can reduce lift by up to 80 percent.
There’s also a unique titanium exhaust system that promises to deliver “an even more purposeful, harder-edged sound”, which should translate into one of the greatest V8 sound tracks around.
“There’s certainly lots of interest in it,” added Wiesner. “We haven’t talked about pricing yet and it’s a bit early to talk about exact timing. We hope it’ll be in 2016, but we’ll see.”
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