Today, Jaguar announced an extreme variant of their best-selling F-PACE performance SUV, the Jaguar F-PACE SVR. And considering that the F-PACE is the best-selling model in their line-up since its launch two years ago, it makes perfect sense to give it the SVR treatment.
Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations, the F-PACE SVR is powered by a 5.0L supercharged V8 that puts out 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque (170 more HP than the F-PACE S), which is good for a 0-60 time of just 4.1 seconds, and a top speed of 176mph.
That’s one seriously quick family hauler, don’t you think?
If that’s not enough, the F-PACE also benefits from an aerodynamic package that features unique front and rear bumpers, lower body sides and a rear spoiler to enhance cooling, reduce lift and drag, and aid high-speed stability. An exclusive SVR hood features vents to help extract hot air from the engine bay.
In addition, an SVR-tuned chassis features upgraded shocks with front and rear spring rates increased by 30% and 10% respectively, while lightweight 21- and optional 22-inch forged wheels with staggered width front to rear assist with handling and traction.
At the rear, a unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper that houses the Active Exhaust system (that’s 14.5 lbs lighter and aids performance by reducing back pressure.. and it also sounds amazing). The bumper incorporates side strakes designed to aid aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the vehicle, while giving a clue to people that this is no ordinary SUV.
Inside, the Jaguar F-PACE SVR features slimline performance front seats that provide you and your passenger with enhanced lateral support and have the signature Jaguar lozenge quilting and embossed SVR logo. In addition, unique rear seats echo the heavily sculpted designs of the seats up front, while the SUV’s sports car character is underlined by a SportShift Gear Selector like what is found in the F-TYPE sports car. Finally, the SVR branded steering wheel is enhanced with tactile aluminum paddle shifters.
“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance,” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar Land Rover. “Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names.”
The Jaguar F-PACE SVR will be priced from $79,990 when it arrives in retailer showrooms this summer, and that sounds like a heck of a smoking deal to me. Something tells me we’re going to be seeing a lot of them on the roads in the near future..
What do you think of the Jaguar F-PACE SVR?
Review: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Those who walk through the doors of a Dodge dealership very likely know what they are going to be looking at. Dodge does one thing as a brand and they do it really, really well. That thing is making really muscular-looking vehicles and then shoving a matching amounts of steroids under the hood. The 2018 Durango SRT is a good example of how that works and why it’s so freaking awesome.
The Durango is, itself, a well-done family crossover that has the strong, almost sinister look of a serious sport utility combined with the excellent interior ergonomics demanded of a good family ride. It’s got three rows of seating, plush comfort, a good drive quality, and cool paint and trim options. Plus it doesn’t have the standard, contemporary, “we wish we were luxury cars” appearance of most glorified minivan replacements on the road.
There are already some great options for the Dodge Durango. It’s got the standard packaging with the V6, which is not too shabby. Especially in the very upper-crust Citadel model. There’s the R/T with its growling V8 and some fun times promised by its added striping and wheel options. Now there’s the SRT.
Over at Dodge, they have a performance arm called their Street and Racing Technology arm. These are people who loves them some horsepower and who’re big fans of shoving as much of it as they can make into whatever Dodge vehicle they can. They’re the crazies behind ideas like the Hellcat and Demon models as well as the Trackhawk variants. With the Durango SRT, though, they took some special care to balance real-world use and handling with more thoughtful power output. Rather than being an exercise in shoving ponies under a hood, the Durango SRT became a study of getting the right amount of everything into one package.
With the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, the engineers at SRT proved themselves to be geniuses.
Starting with the already well-done and well-vetted Durango model, those engineers looked to their also already well-established 6.4-liter V8 as a match for the SUV. This engine appears in a few Dodge vehicles, generally in performance variants, and rumbles out an impressive 475 horses without much coaxing. That’s matched by 470 pound-feet of torque to the Durango SRT’s sport-tuned eight-speed automatic, which sends power to all four wheels as standard.
Where the real genius hits, though, is not in the powertrain, which is great, but in the way it’s presented to the rest of the Durango SUV. A lot of suspension and chassis tuning was made to the Durango SRT and the steering was modified to handle the more powerful torque and faster responses required when driving a vehicle with this kind of muscle. A limited-slip differential is standard and keeps tire slip at a minimum while the adaptive suspension holds those tires to the ground better no matter the conditions.
These all come together to make a rumble-filled, powerful experience that never feels out of control. It means that at any given time, the driver can punch the accelerator and launch the 2018 Durango SRT into a roaring blast forward and never feel that the big SUV is about to get squirrely. From inside the Durango, the V8 engine’s roar is impressive, but from outside, it’s downright sphincter-puckering. Mostly because people are not likely to expect it. Especially when pulling out of the school drop off zone or away from your kids’ soccer practice.
It’s here that the appeal of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT really becomes obvious. Yes, it’s overpowered. No, it’s not really necessary. Obviously it’s not practical compared to a minivan or standard crossover. Those are obvious and all of the people who live their lives by pushing pencils and quantifying decisions as they straighten their cuffs and trudge lifelessly to a cubical can live by that. The rest of us? F that, we want to have family hauling goodness and ergonomics combined with testosterone and bird-flipping “outta here” happiness.
Sure, our morning commute probably sucks and is mostly spent sitting staring at the rear bumper of some lifeless sedan ahead of us. Maybe it is to a soul-sucking job we’re headed towards on our 40-hour weekly bread-winning sacrifices. That doesn’t mean we can’t feel like every day is Friday and we’re headed for fun times.
That’s what the Durango SRT symbolizes. Cake and eating it. All in one package. It lets us schlep through our daily and not feel completely sold out for doing so. Long live the Dodge Durango SRT for that!
Land Rover Celebrates 70th Anniversary With 400HP Defender Works V8
If you’ve always longed for an iconic Land Rover Defender, you are in luck, as Land Rover is reviving the old classic to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary. Even better, they have given the old off-roader more power, with a 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 400 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. That’s a considerable bump in power from the last Defender, which put out a paltry 182 horsepower.
The Defender Works V8 sprints from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 106 mph. Any faster than that, and it’d probably get pretty hairy, because as you can see, these cars aren’t exactly aerodynamic..
Rounding out the package is an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tires. Machined aluminum door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender lettering give a little bit of bling, while LED headlights help you see better.
“The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014, when we were still building the Defender in Solihull. We knew the demand was there for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients buying these collector’s edition Defenders,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.
Perhaps most interesting is that the Defender Works V8 starts out as an existing Defender, with 150 vehicles specifically selected to get re-engineered by Land Rover Classic. These vehicles have fewer than 20,000 miles and were built between 2012 and 2016.
Sadly, the Land Rover Defender Works V8 won’t be sold in the United States. 🙁
Pricing for the Defender Works V8 starts from £150,000 (roughly $208,000). Only 150 of these beauties are being built, so if you want one, you’ll have to act quickly.
Visit www.landrover.com for more information on the Land Rover Defender Works V8.
Introducing The All-New 2019 Ford Ranger
Last year, Ford confirmed that the iconic Ranger would be returning to the US after an eight-year hiatus, and today we got our first look at the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, which made its world debut ahead of the Detroit Auto Show next week.
The 2019 Ranger answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough, but don’t necessarily need something as large as the F-150. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, the Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.
Power and fuel economy numbers have not been revealed yet, but Ford Trucks marketing chief Todd Eckert says it will delivery best-in-class torque. The Ford Explorer currently has a version of the 2.3-liter turbo that makes 280HP and 310 lb-ft, so we expect the Ranger to deliver similar numbers.
While the Ranger has been sold globally for years, the 2019 Ranger gets an aggressive facelift for the North American market, with frame-mounted steel bumpers, a bold tailgate with the Ranger nameplate stamped on it, a number of trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) and appearance packages (Chrome, Sport, FX Off-Road), eight exterior colors and eight wheel designs, along with SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations.
Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.
The all-new Ranger also features a slew of driver-assist technologies, including automatic emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a blind spot warning system that works even if you’re towing. And as with the 2019 Ford Edge ST, the Ranger has Alexa functionality and FordPass Wi-Fi connectivity.
In addition, Rangers with the FX4 Off-Road Package include Ford’s all-new Trail Control system, which works like cruise control but for off-roading. It’s designed for low-speed (1-20 MPH), rugged terrain, and sending power and braking to each individual wheel, allowing you to focus on steering along the course.
Ford really knocked it out of the park with the 2019 Ford Ranger, delivering a midsize truck that’s engineered Built Ford Tough, ready for adventure, and packed with innovative technology.
Production is scheduled to begin at the end of the year, with pricing, fuel economy, and engine performance numbers to be released at a later date. We’ll be sure to share that information as it becomes available.
What do you think of the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger?