SV Bespoke, the internal customization division of Jaguar-Land Rover, has revealed its latest creation based on the Jaguar F-Pace that will be coming to Southern Africa later this year.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR Edition 1998 is a tribute to the iconic XJR-9 that won both the 1988 World Sportscar Championship as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998. The Edition 1988 is modeled on the facelifted F-Pace SVR and comes with a series of unique exterior and interior additions.
Outwardly, its receives laser-etched Edition 1988 plaques on the front wings, detailing in Sunset Gold Satin inspired by the colour of the XJR-9’s wheels, the standard inclusion of the black exterior pack, a Sunset Gold Satin finish on the Jaguar leaper and script on the tailgate. The final tribute comes in the shape of the body colour and wheels; a special hue called Midnight Amethyst Gloss and 22-inch Champagne Gold Satin alloys, both paying homage to the XJR-9’s white, purple and yellow livery of then sponsor, cigarette maker Silk Cut.
As with the model itself, the interior is the work of Jaguar-Land Rover’s SV Bespoke division. The tribute changes comprise Edition 1988 branded illuminated door sills, a Satin Black finish for the Jaguar leaper on the steering wheel, Edition 1988 badges on the dashboard, open-pore carbon fibre inlays and a Satin Black surround for the steering wheel hub. Semi-aniline Ebony leather sport heated and cooled front seats with Edition 1988 branding, together with Sunset Gold Satin inserts on the dashboard, doors, steering wheel and gear shift paddles round the special touches off.
Tech and features are otherwise carried over from the standard F-Pace SVR with the same being true of the powertrain, consisting of the 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 paired to the ZF-soured eight-speed automatic gearbox. Like the conventional SVR, the Edition 1988 will get from 0-100 km/h in four seconds and reach a top speed of 286 km/h. Limited to 394 units worldwide, a total of five has been confirmed for Southern Africa.