London-based tuner VIP Design has performed a series of upgrades on a Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe that now packs a mighty 650 horsepower.
With the exception of the flashy gold wheels and the beefier quad exhaust tips, this Jaguar F-Type R in all-wheel-drive flavor looks pretty much the same as the regular version. That’s because most of the magic happened in the engine compartment where the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine went through some serious tweaks.
While the standard configuration of the V8 in the F-Type R has 550 horsepower (404 kilowatts), VIP Design boosted the engine to a meaty 650 hp (478 kW), so it now has more power even than the 575-hp F-Type SVR. To extract an additional 100 hp (73 kW) over the R, the aftermarket specialists installed high-flow air filters and made some revisions to the supercharger pulley. A software optimization was also on the agenda and they increased the supercharger’s boost pressure as well.
The tuner isn’t saying how fast the upgraded F-Type R is now in the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint, but it should be a lot quicker than the stock model which completes the task in only 3.9 seconds. At least we do know the top speed has increased from the R’s 186 mph (300 kph) to a SVR-matching 200+ mph (322+ kph).
Compared to a regular F-Type R AWD Coupe, VIP Design's version sits 30-mm lower and benefits from uprated suspension parts, joints, and rubbers. In addition, the new high-performance exhaust has two selectable sound levels, while those alloy wheels can be swapped with one of the other 23 designs available in 28 shades. Those willing to go all out can pay more to get a polished carbon fiber look for the rear diffuser, side skirts, and mirror caps which can be matched with hood air vents also dipped in carbon fiber.
VIP Design has a starting price of £12,600 ($18,260) for the package which can be installed at its facility in Warwickshire or can be shipped within the U.K. and internationally.
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Gallery: Jaguar F-Type R Coupe by VIP Design
WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL JAGUAR F-TYPE LAUNCHED
Bespoke vehicle tuning and automotive design company, VIP Design London, has created what it believes is the most powerful Jaguar F-Type in the world, the VIP Design Project Predator.
Delivering a blisteringly quick 650bhp of pure driving passion and a top speed of more than 200mph, the dyno tested and proven upgrade package is delivered through a number of mechanical and software upgrades working in unison.
Firstly, the engine. High-flow air filters achieve increased combustion and throttle. An uprated supercharger pulley, part of VIP Design’s secret recipe, brings the software upgrade to life. Increasing supercharger boost pressures perfectly matched to the enhanced fuelling of the software delivers hugely dramatic reductions in 0-60 times and power delivery across the whole rev range. The VIP Design Team spent a full three weeks developing this remap on the dyno.
In an attempt to control this beast, VIP Design have lowered the suspension by 30mm, improving the poise and stance. Harder, stronger suspension parts, joints and rubbers have been fitted to improve responsiveness on the road, transforming the handling of the standard F-Type.
For extra purr-appeal VIP Design has uprated the exhaust system to a full manifold back high performance exhaust system, available with two different switchable sound levels. The VIP Design team felt that the standard F-Type exhaust never quite sounded like a V8 Supercar as managing director Paul Busby explains.
“The exhaust was not deep enough, more of a shriek than a V8 rumble. The VIP Design F-Type Predator changes all that, the full manifold back high performance exhaust system is switchable, allowing different purr levels – loud and really loud! You can’t help but grin every time you press the button.”
It’s not just performance upgrades that make the Predator so special. VIP Design combines performance enhancement with unique styling upgrades in one package.
Carbon Fibre bonnet vents, beautifully styled and left in raw polished form, front and rear carbon fibre splitters, adding down force and style, and stunning unique polished carbon fibre rear diffuser, all help the car stand out from the crowd. Hand cast aluminium wheels available in 24 different design options and 28 different colours add to the look. And for optional extra-bling, window tinting in a variety of almost 50 shades of grey.
The package is fitted and installed at the VIP Design studio in Warwickshire, with mail-order and international shipping also available, priced from £12,600.
Paul added: “Since the Jaguar F-Type was launched, the sleek lines and V8 engine were always going to lend themselves to power upgrades, and appeal to passionate drivers who are never going to settle for stock options. Our new package has created the most exciting F-Type available in the world and is certain to thrill serious petrol-heads anywhere.”