200mph big cat on the prowl

Jaguar F-Type SVR (2016)
Jaguar F-Type SVR (2016)

JAGUAR'S F-Type is already a wonderful device which, truth be told, can be a bit of a handful if grip levels are anything less than wonderful, writes William Scholes.

It's one of the most obviously rear-wheel-drive, chew-up-its-back-tyres cars on sale today.

Undeterred, and clearly unconvinced that the existing range-topping R model's 543bhp is more than enough, Jaguar is turning the F-Type up to 11 with the launch of a new SVR model.

The car will get its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1 before going on sale in the summer.

Power and torque have been tweaked so that the F-Type SVR can crack 200mph, no doubt making a fabulous noise as it does so.

John Edwards, the boss of Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations division, said the F-Type SVR takes "performance, dynamics and driver involvement to a new level yet retains the comfort and duality of character inherent to all Jaguar cars".

"The new F-Type SVR is the first series production Jaguar to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design," he said.

“The result is a 200mph, all-weather supercar that you can drive every day - we even made a convertible version so that enthusiasts can revel in the sound from the new titanium exhaust system."

Expect 567bhp, 516lb/ft, four-wheel-drive, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, a sub-4.0 second 0-62mph time, carbon ceramic brakes, aerodynamic tweaks - and a £100k-plus price tag.