Jaguar has announced the SVR badge will not be restricted to V8-powered cars, as smaller engines and EVs are also on the agenda.
In an interview with CarAdvice, Jaguar’s director of public relations, Richard Agnew, revealed the company’s performance division called "Special Vehicle Operations" (SVO) will work on SVR models with smaller engines and even on electric vehicles. This means there will be SVR-badged cars with fewer cylinders than the F-Type SVR which has a mighty V8 supercharged 5.0-liter.
He reconfirmed the company’s plans to introduce an electric vehicle and he believes there is great potential in a performance EV given the way power and torque are delivered in an electric vehicle. Agnew went on to specify a SVR electric vehicle is going to be “bloody quick,” but didn’t wish to elaborate on the subject as it’s too soon to talk about such a model.
That doesn’t mean the six-year-old 5.0-liter V8 engine is on its way to retirement, on the contrary. Jaguar’s chief engineer, Mike Cross, says the eight-cylinder engine hasn’t reached its full potential yet and there are ways of squeezing more power above the current 575 horsepower (423 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 newton meters) in the aforementioned F-Type SVR.
It remains to be seen which other JLR models will get the SVR treatment to join the existing Jaguar F-Type and Range Rover Sport SVRs. What we do know is Special Vehicle Operations is also working on warm SV-badged models that will be positioned underneath the full-blown SVRs.