With Alfa Romeo selling its Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Mercedes its GLC 63, Porsche its Macan Turbo and BMW about to launch an X3 M, Jaguar’s new F-Pace SVR will have to face some fierce competition.
The Coventry-based car maker's Special Vehicle Operations division will work its magic to put the sports into sports utility vehicle by installing a supercharged 5-litre V8 engine expected to push out well over 500bhp while providing a suitably raspy soundtrack.
Besides the heart transplant, the F-Pace SVR will also stand out from the lesser versions of the range courtesy of a meaner-looking body. This near-production version of the car had the final bits and bobs stuck on while being put through its paces during a recent test session near the Nürburgring.
Although the car we spotted is wearing full camouflage attire, it’s easy to see that the SUV features a redesigned front bumper housing huge air vents to cool down the V8 powerhouse lurking underneath the slightly bulging bonnet.
In addition, it appears the front wings will feature vents as well, although the disguise could be playing tricks on us. The fact that there is extra camo slapped on using black tape suggests something interesting is happening in that area. At the back of the car, a new bumper had to be designed to incorporate the four tailpipes, double the amount compared with the more humdrum F-Pace S.
The prototype looks pretty much ready to drop its camo, so Jaguar might decide to take the wraps off as early as next week during the Los Angeles motor show. If not, we will have to wait until January for the Detroit show or a couple of months more until Geneva. The BMW X3 M we’ve mentioned in the beginning is also slated to land sometime in 2018 to further expand the niche of high-performance SUVs.