Jaguar has revealed how it plans to go after the current crop of super-SUVs with the new F-Pace SVR. Engineered by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR SUV offers performance worthy of the brand’s racing history. Its supercharged, 5.0L V8 produces 542 hp, good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph.

“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance,’ Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover.

The new F-Pace SVR’s power is routed through an eight-speed automatic to Jaguar’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, which now sports a new electronic differential at the rear. SVO didn’t just perform a heart transplant and call it a day; it also worked hard to ensure the F-Pace SVR’s prodigious power is actually usable. The car’s aerodynamics have been improved and now include larger air intakes at the front and side fender bents thant can reduce life and provide cooling. F-Pace SVR sits on new, lightweight forged 21-inch and optional 22—inch alloy wheels which are wider at the rear, supposedly improving handling.

In addition to cosmetic changes the car also features an uprated chassis, include uprated dampers with increased front and rear spring rates, 395/396mm front and rear brakes and a rear electronic differential to manage the power. The ‘Quickshift’ auto ‘box, torque vectoring, Jag’s adaptive dynamics and all-wheel drive systems all have their own SVR-spec tweaks.

Inside, there are thinner, light-weight sport seats done up in snazzy quilted leather. The rear seat also gets sportier seats with a similar fixed headrest design as those up front. The InControl Touch Pro system is standard, as is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 4G hotstpot capable of tending to eight devices.