by Tony West
Jaguar Land Rover unveiled three vehicles at Automotive Week at Pebble Beach, California: the Range Rover Sport SVR, the U.S. version of the Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7, and a prototype of the new Jaguar Lightweight E-Type. The Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 and Range Rover Sport SVR are both from Special Vehicle Operations – the engineering and vehicle division of Special Operations – while the new Lightweight E-Type is the first recreation from the Special Operation Jaguar Heritage team. Jaguar’s Special Operations division focuses on designing and engineering high specification vehicles and bespoke commissions
The Range Rover Sport SVR ($110,475 MSRP) is the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the high-performance SVR badge. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that goes from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 162 mph.
The U.S. production version of the F-TYPE Project 7 ($165,000 MSRP) is the all-aluminum, fully road-legal two-seater roadster with bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic enhancements. The F-TYPE Project 7 will be available in two standard color schemes – Glacier White, a metallic white which is the feature color for the model and Ultra Blue, a metallic take on French Racing Blue. British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Caldera Red are also options.
Only six Lightweight E-Type vehicles will be built and assigned one of the remaining chassis numbers originally allocated in 1963 to the intended 18-car ‘Special GT E-Type’ project, of which just 12 were built. In celebration of the recreated Lightweight E-Type vehicles, Jaguar with the Bremont Watch Company will create six bespoke ‘E-Type’ watches, for each buyer of the six Lightweight E-Type whips.