JAGUAR’S Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division appears to be working on a hot version of the F-Pace 4×4. Spied testing at Germany’s Nurburgring race track for the first time, the high-performance SUV will go up against the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo, and could arrive within the next 12 months. The F-Pace will be the second Jag to benefit from the SVR treatment, following on from the F-Type Coupe and Convertible earlier this year.
The prototype spied on test is heavily disguised, but there are a few clues that mark it out as the high-performance model; new alloy wheels which house beefier brakes for improved stopping power are the biggest giveaway. Under the bonnet, Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is likely to be hooked up to an eight-speed ZF automatic box. It’s the same engine and gearbox combination found in the Range Rover Sport SVR, which develops 542bhp and 680Nm of torque.