Jaguar promises I-Pace SVR 'will happen'
The project is not at the top of SVO's priority list at the moment, however.
Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations division apparently has plans to build an even faster version of the all-electric I-Pace.
The crossover is no slouch in its current state, with 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque for a zero-to-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.
Jaguar faces more competition in the years ahead as the Model Y arrives on the market and eventually the next-generation electric Porsche Macan. Tesla's volume-focused crossover will presumably be available in Performance guise with a zero-to-60 mph benchmark in the mid-three-second range.
Speaking to Autocar, Jaguar SVO head Michael van der Sande says the prospect of an I-Pace SVR is currently "when, not if." The SVO team has already spent time reworking the I-Pace eTrophy cars for the track, providing a wealth of knowledge that will contribute to SVR development.
The executive cautioned that I-Pace SVR development has not yet commenced, as the company is currently focused on building more performance variants for models that have higher sales volumes.
"When the call comes, we'll be ready," he said.