Merely a week after we posted a rendering, our suspicion that Jaguar will give both versions of its sports car the SVR treatment has been confirmed.
We were already aware of the Special Operations Division testing the F-Type Coupe SVR at the Nürburgring. Now, we’ve just caught the Convertible doing the rounds, which suggests both body styles will be launched simultaneously.
Apart from the fabric soft-top, the Convertible looks identical to the Coupe. It has the same, much more aggressive front end with the large air intakes and front splitter and a fixed, instead of extending and retracting, rear wing along with a new diffuser and quad exhaust pipes at the rear. The test car was fitted with cross-drilled, carbon ceramic brakes and large yellow calipers, which should be able to provide the stopping power that is necessary due to the SVR’s stonking output.
Definite numbers are not known yet, but expect the supercharged V8 to pump out at least 600HP; not unreasonable if Jag really wants to distance its top-end F-Type from the 542HP R version. All that power will be channeled to the tarmac via all four wheels.
The 8-speed auto gearbox will also be carried over and if, like us, you are wondering why Jag sticks with a conventional torque converter unit instead of adopting a dual-clutch one for its overtly sporty, um, sports car the answer lies probably in the bean-counters’ department that won’t justify such an expense for such a low volume model.
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