What's it like to drive?
Settling into the F-Type SVR's sleek and snug cockpit is a big occasion. But punching the console-mounted start button lifts the experience to special-event status.
From day one, the F-Type's V8 has been outrageously raucous, and the SVR is fitted with a titanium and Inconel (a corrosion-resistant, nickel-chromium alloy) exhaust, that's not only 16kg lighter than the standard stainless system, but sounds 1600 dB louder.
A console switch allows control of the fireworks via valves in the rear silencers, but even on the 'normal' setting you'll be unnerving people three suburbs away. It's brutal.
Jaguar claims the F-Type SVR will storm from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.
The seating position is pretty much perfect, and it's worth noting the chairs themselves are now built around a lightweight magnesium superstructure, saving a further 8kg.
Simple instruments, with a supplementary digital speed read-out and central gear indicator (in manual mode) are spot-on, and the driver-focused layout works well from an ergonomic point of view.
Annoyingly, our test car suffered from a small but distracting optical distortion in the windscreen, directly in the driver's straight-ahead view. If it was our car, the JLR warranty department would be on notice.
Jaguar claims the F-Type SVR will storm from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, and if you fancy some prison time, it can continue on to a maximum velocity of 322km/h. At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, that's quick, and all those angry kilowatts make this a proper super car.
Response from step-off is fierce, with huge slabs of torque available from low in the rev range. By the time the tacho needle reaches 3500rpm, and all 700Nm have swung into action, thrust is immense.
Changes from the eight-speed auto are satisfyingly rapid on the way up, as well as coming back down, and it's a pleasure to touch actual alloy shifters (a distinct step up from the chintzy plastic paddles in lower-grade F-Types).
Start to press along a favourite backroad and the SVR really begins to blur the scenery.
Suspension is by double wishbones front and rear, with the SVR picking up a revised (adaptive) damper and swaybar package, as well as fat Pirelli P Zero rubber (265/35f-305/30r).
Select 'Dynamic' mode in the 'Adaptive Dynamics' system, and the switch from a surprisingly supple everyday ride to a tighter, more responsive setting is immediate. Start to press along a favourite backroad and the SVR really begins to blur the scenery.
The IDD system might be madly doing its thing under the skin, managing the AWD torque split, but you'd never know it. What is clear from behind the wheel is that the SVR is putting its power down with complete conviction, and that feel and response from the electrically assisted rack and pinion steering are fantastic, and the exhaust sounds like someone throwing lit sticks of TNT out of the boot.
Over 20 grand for a set of brakes is a decent ask, but stopping power from the optional carbon discs is suitably impressive. Huge rotors (398mm-f/380mm-r) clamped by monobloc calipers (six-piston-f/four-piston -r) are ready for the most serious track day session.
At this point it might be worth mentioning that in 'Normal' mode, the F-Type SVR Coupe's active rear wing deploys at 113km/h. And that's great, because Jaguar claims it reduces drag and lift by 2.5 and 15 per cent respectively.
What's not so great is that it provides an obvious signal to those with whirly-gigs on the roof that you may have given the national speed limit a nudge. Then again, you could always argue you'd hit the console button to manually raise it at exactly that moment, because you're a showoff.