2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR: Driving impressions
Jaguar is becoming a pure electric brand in 2025 – ahead of the government’s own 2030 target – but it’s not done with V8 engines just yet. Meet the new, improved 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
It benefits from all the improvements granted to the rest of the F-Pace luxury SUV range, including an all-new interior that transforms it from letdown to class-leader, plus tidied-up styling to make the pretty F-Pace shape even more elegant.
The Special Vehicle Operations division has also tirelessly honed the drive, perfecting ride, handling and, yes, that bombastic 5.0-litre V8 engine. Power is the same, but more torque gives a faster 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds, a higher top speed and an even richer noise.
It now costs from £77,595. That’s a lot, but this is a car with the same power and faster acceleration than an Aston Martin DBX, so it almost looks a bargain when you consider the DBX’s £160,000 price tag. A Bentley Bentayga V8 with the same power is nearly £150,000, too.
OK, Jaguar isn’t quite a rival to Aston Martin, nor to Bentley – but it wants to be and, as part of its pure electric switch, aims to push upmarket in the next couple of years. In some ways, the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR proves it’s already almost there.