Apparently Jaguar has officially said the SVR high performance badge will not only be used for the most hardcore models equipped with V8 engines, but also for smaller powertrains and even electric vehicles.
A recent interview with Richard Agnew, Jaguar’s public relations boss, has unveiled the company’s desire for the performance unit “Special Vehicle Operations” (SVO) to also deliver SVR models with downsized engines and even with electric powertrains. This means the SVR moniker will not be confined to the F-Type SVR which uses a big supercharged 5.0-liter V8. The executive also reiterated previous mentions of other managers that Jaguar is indeed planning on releasing an electric model and he stated the EVs have a massive performance potential – mainly due to the instant power and torque delivery of such powertrains. He said a SVR electric model would be “bloody quick,” but refrained from delivering any more details calling it too soon to spill the beans on the subject.
Meanwhile, the six-year-old 5.0-liter V8 engine is nowhere near retirement either, as Jaguar’s chief engineer, Mike Cross, commented the eight-cylinder engine hasn’t even been taken to its full potential just yet and the current 575 horsepower (423 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton meters) can still be cranked up. This means there will also be warm SVR models to go hand in hand with the reported introduction of mild-hot SV-badged versions that will sit under the main SVR variants.