Four years ago, we added a Firesand Orange Metallic Jaguar F-Type to our long-term test fleet. It departed a year later and left us with an empty void. The streets of Southern California fell silent and the Edmunds fuel budget normalized. Now we're poised to F-Things up all over again and there will be much rejoicing.
What Did We Get?
Jaguar Land Rover saw fit to fill the void with a 2019 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe. Meeeeeyyyoooowwww! It's the top-of-the-line F-Type with 575 horsepower from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Unlike the first-year F-Type, all-new V8-equipped models come exclusively with all-wheel drive.
Besides a 25-hp increase over the supporting F-Type R, our new SVR adds front parking sensors, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a lightweight titanium exhaust, upgraded interior trim and a heated steering wheel. We don't expect it to behave much differently than our previous F-Type as a result, although powerslides may be a bit trickier to execute given the SVR's all-wheel drive.
What Options Does It Have?
The 2019 Jaguar F-Type SVR starts at $123,745, including destination charges. On top of that is a carbon-ceramic brake package ($12,240), a 10-speaker Meridian surround-sound system ($870), a parallel self-parking system ($510), a power trunklid ($410), the Premium Interior Protection package (rubber floor mats, a cargo organizer and folding windshield sunshade; $299), a Wheel Protection package (chrome lugs and locks, styled valve caps; $169) and the Car Care package (wheel cleaning spray and a tire pressure gauge; $49).
The final tally comes to $138,292.
Why We Got It
The short answer? Because Jaguar offered.
The more nuanced answer? Going back through our long-term fleet history, the F-Pace, the XF and aforementioned F-Type R have been mostly trouble-free. They've also been popular with the staff, and there's a distinct lack of sporty high-performance cars in our fleet. Who knows, maybe another epic road trip to Alaska is in store?
Follow the 2019 Jaguar F-Type SVR's progress during our long-term road test for our latest thoughts and impressions.
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.
Mark Takahashi, senior writer @ 1,051 miles