Jaguar will unleash one of Australia's most powerful cars in June, after production delays of almost a year caused by a parts supply issue.
Speaking at the global launch of the F-Pace SVR in Saint Tropez, Jaguar Australia general manager of communications and public relations, Tim Krieger, admitted customers are champing at the bit to get behind the wheel.
“In terms of having that halo performance product for F-Pace, yeah it's critical. In terms of what SVR has done for Range Rover Sport, it has been very good, and I think it would be the same.
"It just adds to that Jaguar performance story and at the price and the specification level, I think that car will do well,” Krieger said.
The F-Pace SVR is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 404kW of power and 680Nm of torque, capable of moving the SUV from 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than its bigger, more powerful Range Rover Sport SVR sibling.
With initial Australian pricing and specifications revealed over a year ago and the global product launch scheduled for last year cancelled, before being moved forward to this week, explanations for the delay were hard to come by.
When asked why the vehicle was delayed, director of Jaguar Land Rover SVO, Jamal Hameedi, said a parts supply issue ultimately held things up.
“It was a parts supply issue. That’s all I’m able to say,” Hameedi said.
Further discussion with the Jaguar team revealed one of the critical components for the vehicle delayed production and customer deliveries, had the product launched as scheduled last year.
Instead of forging on, the team decided to delay the launch and make further changes to the package before signing off late last year.
Despite the delay, interest is high Down Under. Krieger said the delay hasn't stopped people getting to their dealers and inquiring about the SVR, which is promising.
“The interest has been very strong, and pretty much ever since that car was announced the level of interest at the dealers and throughout the website has been really positive, which is great,” said Krieger.
“Being in the launch phase, our product stock is tight. We'd love to be in a situation where that car is in a back-order situation. But I think certainly, it will surprise us. It will do good volume.”
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR goes on sale in Australia in July and you can read our first impressions of this fire-breathing SUV on Tuesday.
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