The F-Type SVR is pretty much the most extreme Jaguar you can buy off the peg. And the numbers it delivers are pretty extreme: a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 offers 575hp and 516lb ft of torque. Despite a not insignificant 1750kg kerbweight that’s enough to whisk the Jag to 62mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds (helped by the extra traction of four-wheel drive).
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is some sort of ultra-precise track day tool in the mould of a 911 GT3 RS, though. Despite the fact that it is very hardcore for a Jaguar sports car, the F-Type SVR is still very much an everyday GT – one that can gobble up Tarmac with epic speed, sure, but not the best for a day of hot lappery.
The closest competitor in both attitude and price is the Mercedes-AMG GT S and, although the Merc’s twin-turbo V8 is far more sophisticated, Jaguar still works wonders in turning out an old-school supercharged V8 and eight-speed auto that can happily go toe to toe with the Merc. Not bad, considering the whole car was most likely produced with the same sort of engineering budget Mercedes would have spent on its car’s turbochargers.