Jaguar F-PACE SVR V8 continues testing at Nurburgring (video)

Mitchell Jones

The angriest Jaguar SUV is currently under development, with engineers pushing it to the limit at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The F-PACE ‘SVR’, as it’s known, is set to score Jaguar Land Rover’s heaviest piece of artillery in the form of the 405kW, 700Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8, with an eight-speed automatic behind it.

This would make it one of the only V8s in the mid-size SUV class, aside from the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 which, in its top S guise, generates 375kW and 700Nm. Other rivals such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV (375kW), Porsche Macan Turbo (294kW) and the upcoming BMW X3 M utilise six-cylinder turbo engines.

Aesthetic attributes that mark out the hottest F-PACE include a hungrier front air dam, bigger wheels and meatier rubber, plus bigger brakes. A suspected titanium exhaust and more hardcore suspension means the F-PACE SVR has a real chance at stealing the handling podium.

A top speed of over 300km/h and a 0-100km/h time below 4.0 seconds is a possibility. Its platform mate, the Range Rover Velar, might even see an SVR version if this proves successful, as per X-Tomi design’s rendering we reported earlier today.

Who says SUVs are boring? We can’t wait for a six-way medium SUV stoush between Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar, Porsche and Alfa Romeo. Bring it on.

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