The American love affair with British sports cars started during World War II, when American soldiers stationed in England discovered the amazing MG and Jaguar roadsters. After the war, the GIs brought their English cars home to America and the rest is history.
Jaguar still makes some of the most exciting sports cars in the world, as proven by the 2017 F-Type SVR. This two-seat fastback sports car represents the ultimate in Jaguar performance, with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is Jaguar's latest 8-speed twin-clutch design, and power is routed to all four wheels in what Jaguar calls Instinctive All Wheel Drive.
The real-world meaning of all that is that the F-Type SVR will accelerate from zero to sixty in about 3.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 200 MPH. Really, the top speed isn't terribly important — there's nowhere you could get it going that fast except the Bonneville Salt Flats.
What you care about is that the power in the F-Type is all available for you to use, but it will never get out of control. In our recent rainy weather, a quick flip of the drive mode switch put the F-Type into Rain/Snow mode. With that, the F-Type is as stable in the wet as any car on the road.
The SVR package gives you a bunch of fun features to play with. There's a driver-switchable active exhaust system and a dynamic suspension that responds to road and driving conditions. You've also got plenty of stopping ability with the SVR's oversized carbon-ceramic brakes. For your infotainment, you'll enjoy the 770-watt Meridian sound system, plus Jaguar's nice touch screen interface and navigation.
The F-Type is also supremely comfortable. The seats in the SVR are quilted leather, and they hold you firmly in place, yet they're not too tight as other brands sometimes are. When you've settled into the F-Type, you'll notice the other SVR features, including a red-on-red interior with carbon fiber accents, the carbon fiber roof and exterior trim, including a racing-inspired front splitter and fixed rear wing.
Driving the F-Type SVR is as exciting as it sounds. The car is responsive, quick, and confident. This is a car you can drive every day, and believe me you will want to drive it every day. The bottom line on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR is not cheap, priced at $126,945. But you can get into a new 2017 F-Type coupe for as little as $62,395 and still get 340 horsepower to play with. That's a compelling opportunity to claim your own piece of the Jaguar legend.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
Base price: $126,945
Price as tested: $126,945
Type: Sports car
Engine: 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 (575 hp, 516 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed twin clutch
EPA estimated mileage: 15/23
Road noise: Average
Curb weight: 3,759 pounds
Final assembly: Castle Bromwich, England