Jaguar Land Rover has just established a new personalization department called Special Vehicles Operations (SVO), which will not only be responsible for coming up with new color and trim options but also to develop high-performance vehicles. The latter will wear the new SVR badge and will initially consist of the stunning F-Type Project 7 and soon-to-be-launched Range Rover Sport SVR.

But many more SVR products are planned, and these will likely be based on the existing F-Type and XF models as well as the upcoming XE and possibly even the Discovery Sport. One of these is tipped to be a lightweight version of the F-Type that could shed as much as 200 kilograms from the F-Type's weight—around 440 pounds—bringing total curb weight down to little over 3,200 lbs.

The F-Type Project 7 already weighs about 176 lbs less than a stock F-Type but SVO sees more potential for shedding weight. Speaking with Auto Express, SVO director Paul Newson said a lightweight F-Type is being developed that could potentially benefit from technologies developed for Jaguar’s canceled C-X75 supercar.

One possibility, Newson hinted, would be adopting the C-X75’s turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which was tuned to deliver 500 horsepower. However, we’re more likely to see lightweight construction methods used for the C-X75 transferred over.

New vehicles from SVO are expected to be announced early next year.


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