In the 1988 Le Mans, Jaguar entered the iconic race with their XJR9-M, and went up against repeat winners Porsche. 394 laps later, the British outfit emerged victorious, and made history in doing so- and they’re honouring the legacy of the car by launching the limited-edition F-Pace SVR 1988 edition, limited to 394 units globally- the same as the number of laps completed by the victorious XJR.
Jaguar’s SV Bespoke Special Vehicle operations team will be has created the SVR 1988, and the vehicle’s unique nature is emphasised the more one looks at it. A new Midnight Amethyst paintjob adorns the car with Sunset Gold detailing, and the R in the SVR logo which is usually red in colour is replaced by a black accent. The wheels are 22″ Champagne Gold alloys, and of course there is special “Edition 1988” badging on the treadplates.
The engine is the tried and tested 5.0L V8 which produces 545HP and covers 0-100 in just 4 seconds and is paired with an 8-speed automatic. On ths inside, gold elements are present all throughout the cabin, and the seats are SVR specific performance seats in semi-aniline ebony leather upholstery and the trim is finished off in carbon fiber.
With all this, the SVR 1988’s limited run nature makes more sense. The car will be showcased alongside the original XJR9 at the SVR operations display at the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is scheduled to run from 8-12 June. It could make its way to India, albeit with prices starting at 1.51 crore INR in India for the standard F-Pace SVR, and the launch price of the 1988 SVR being £101,550 a dedicated India launch seems unlikely.