8 things that make a Jaguar F-Type an SVR

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What's in an acronym? In the case of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR, it's not just a pretty face and a $126,945 price tag.

As it does with the gutsy Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar Land Rover doesn't spare much in the mission to give those letters real meaning.

That meaning: pretty obvious. SVR stands for 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph for the hardtop model, convertibles just a little slower in both cases.

It takes more than a few enamel badges to spin the F-Type to its highest performance limits yet, though. Here's what spotters will notice.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Better aerodynamics. New wheel arches smooth airflow over the SVR's massive wheels and tires, and cut down on front-end lift, all the better to chase 200 mph. The F-Type SVR also gets a reshaped front bumper and valance, a smoother undertray, and hood louvers to wrap airflow around its body better. At the back, a rear venturi helps quash lift.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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A carbon-fiber, active rear wing. It's not just for looks. The SVR's motorized spoiler also reduces rear-end lift, a good thing if you decide to spin it up near that 200-mph limit. It'll deploy at 60 mph in the SVR convertible, at 70 mph in the coupe--and it's always up when the SVR's in Dynamic mode, so long as the car is going more than 15 mph.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Edgier handling. The SVR's suspension gets softer a front anti-roll bar (by about 5 percent) for quicker turn-in, and stiffer rear knuckles for finer camber and toe control, while the AWD and stability-control systems get more playful firmware, with more rear power bias and higher yaw limits.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Carbon-ceramic brakes. A $12,000 option, the new stoppers can haul the SVR down from high speeds more effectively, with less fade, and are about 30 pounds lighter than the steel-brake setup when bundled with the SVR's Pirelli P Zero tires--265/35/ZR-20s in front, 305/30/ZR-20s at the rear.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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A brutal exhaust note. The SVR's titanium-alloy exhaust turns the F-Type's raspy howl into an bag of lit fireworks. The SVR-spec exhaust also cuts weight by about 35 pounds.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Carbon fiber frills. From mirror housings to interior trim, Jaguar touches up the F-Type's spectacular body and plush interior with sheets of the woven stuff.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Lots and lots of leather. You can fit the SVR with distinctly patterned quilted seats. There's a $2,500 ask for red leather, and you'll pay $2,500 for a buff- or red-leather headliner.

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR first drive review

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Oh, right--more power. Jaguar recalibrates the F-Type's supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, giving it the programming profile of its vintage-themed Project 7 concept. Power rises to 575 hp, torque is up to 516 lb-ft, and 0-60 mph drops to 3.5 seconds in coupe form, about 0.4 seconds quicker than the R edition. Power's routed to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic.

 
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