When Jaguar commenced work on the F-Pace SVR project around two years ago, the development team focused on ensuring it would stand tall against some of the best and brightest family haulers.
“We are proud of it. It’s more than just a big engine. It’s got character and DNA, which makes it quite sophisticated,” he said.
What about a Nurburgring lap time? When quizzed about how the F-Pace SVR would perform around a lap of the southern loop, Restell admitted lap times of the Nurburgring for SUVs are pointless, despite the company logging times during the engineering process.
“We did a lot of development at the Nurburgring. Weeks and weeks of tuning there. The car was not really developed with the focus of doing a lap time. We did [run a stop watch], but not a lot of people realise that there are a lot of lay-bys. Many times we don’t do a continuous lap,” Restell said.
“We’ve got lap times for it, yeah. They’re certainly nothing to be ashamed of. We could have easily made a car that would have set an impressive lap time, but it would have been hard to live with. We want it to become the ultimate daily car. Why would you want an SUV that could set a lap time at the Nurburgring?”
You can read our full review of the all-new Jaguar F-Pace SVR on Tuesday.
Are Nurburgring lap times part of your buying process, or are they just a gimmick?