Jaguar's PR Director Does Not Exclude EVs and Smaller Engines from SVR Badge

Jaguar’s performance division might make cars with engines other than V8s, says Richard Agnew, the brand’s director of public relations.
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While all of the Jaguar models that wear the SVO badge have a V8 engine today, the Special Vehicle Operations division might also make cars with smaller engines, and electric vehicles are not excluded.

The official at Jaguar explained that other carmakers have done the same for their performance variants, so cars could wear the SVO name if they have enough horsepower and fit the credentials for this name.

In an interview with the Australians at Car Advice, Mr. Agnew even mentioned a competitor product, the 381 HP four-cylinder engine of the 45 AMG models. His exact words were, “who would’ve thought that 400 HP out of a four-cylinder is possible?

Therefore, as long as an upcoming Jaguar engine provides impressive power figures, it has a chance of being placed on an SVR model without being a V8.

Like other performance division leaders showed the world, engine capacity and maximum output is not the only characteristic that matters when referring to a sports car, as a power-to-weight ratio and power delivery are more important.

Jaguar’s PR Director finds smaller-capacity forced-induction powertrains suitable for SVR models as long as they “go well and sound great.” These two criteria, and with more elements like the characteristics mentioned above, should fit the bill for any new engine meant for an SVR Jaguar.

However, there is no mention of a performance diesel for the British brand, and hybrids were not on the table for this interview. Instead, Jaguar’s PR representative announced their openness towards high-performance electric cars, but did not provide an estimate as to the launch date of the first one.

Interestingly, Jaguar’s PR Director also praised the Mercedes-AMG V8 powerplant, an all-new unit, which Mr. Agnew described as a “state-of-the-art Biturbo with super-low emissions,” and “a great engine.” Meanwhile, Jaguar’s V8 engine is already six years old in 2016, but the brand’s chief engineer, Mike Cross, claims that it has even more potential for upcoming versions.
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