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Refreshed 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR roars into dealerships with more bite than before

Jaguar has significantly refreshed the Jaguar SVR for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Earlier this year, Jaguar showed off the significantly refreshed 2021 F-Pace. Now, we know what will be coming to its highest-performance variant, the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

"The original F-PACE SVR was incredibly characterful, well received by customers and has gone on to become the highest-selling Jaguar SV product ever," said Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. "The new version builds on this success, by making numerous detailed improvements that combine to raise the bar in the high-performance SUV segment."

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVRThe F-Pace continues to offer two rows of seating.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

The F-Pace SVR keeps most of the interior and exterior changes from the traditional F-Pace design. The sporty mode has a front end influenced by SV motorsport experience. It reduces lift by 35 percent, lowers drag, and adds to the SUV's aggressive stance.

Jaguar has kept the F-Pace SVR's 550-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine but revised its torque curve so that it has a new high of 516 pound-feet of torque and a higher track speed - 178 mph. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The SUV's new Dynamic Launch function cuts the car's zero to 60 mph time to just 3.8 seconds.The Dynamic drive mode features unique tuning for a more engaging drive experience.

Stopping power comes from an improved cooling and brake pads. The SUV's new integrated power booster and retuned pedal feel work together to give drivers more confidence.

Jaguar has given the model a new electronic power-assistance steering system to deliver a better connection between the vehicle and driver. All-wheel drive is standard.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVRThe rear of the F-Pace features similar design hallmarks to a traditional F-Pace.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

"The move to Jaguar's new Electrical Vehicle Architecture gave us the opportunity to revisit the calibration of every single component, so we took the chance to fine-tune the driving experience to make it feel even more focused and even more refined," said Paul Barritt, F-PACE SVR Chief Programme Engineer, Jaguar SV.

With the model's refresh is a redesigned cabin. Upscale materials and fresh, premium design highlight the interior. Seat and door inserts are finished in Alcantara, with elements such as the central cubby and leather midroll are wrapped in Windsor leather. The 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display is wrapped in Alcantara with ebony stitching, while aluminum patterned finishers feature as standard with open-pore carbon fiber available as an option.

Buyers can opt for semi-aniline leather sports seats with heritage logo-inspired diamond embroidery across the front shoulder section. An embossed SVR logo on the headrests adds a flourish.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVRThe interior of the F-Pace SVR Is completely different than the last-generation's. Photo courtesy of Jaguar

The Drive Selector has a more performance-focused feel. It's finished in dimpled leather with heritage logo-inspired detailing and debossed SVR logo. The new SVR split-rim steering wheel is finished with tactile zinc-alloy shift paddles, providing heightened driver engagement when making manual gear changes.

The model comes stand with Jaguar Land Rover's Pivi Pro infotainment system which includes over-the-air update capability. The model also features active noise cancellation, wireless device charging, advanced driver assistance systems, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVRThe car comes with an embossed shifter featuring the SVR logo.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Pricing for F-PACE SVR will be announced at a later date. The 2020 model started at $80,600.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTSMy SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTSThe pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTSI'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

Land Rover

James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionYou'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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