Jaguar is in the midst of a transformation that will see the brand become a high-performance electric vehicle by 2025.
Unfortunately no new vehicles will be launched before this, but Jaguar plans to keep things interesting by introducing updates and special editions of its existing lineup.
The latest is the F-Pace SVR version 1988, which honors the Jaguar’s XJR-9 LM, which won the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans overall. A total of 394 examples will be created, representing the lap volume of the XJR-9 LM at the 1988 Le Mans Race, and a limited number of these will be offered in the United States for the 2023 model year.
The special touches of the F-Pace SVR version 1988 include a unique paint finish called Midnight Amethyst Gloss. There is also a set of 22-inch imitation alloys finished in a color called Champagne Gold Satin. The color combination resembles the lever of a race-winning XLR-9 LM.
1988 Jaguar XJR-9 LM
Satin gold accents can also be found on car badges, as well as a unique “Version 1988” badge found on each front fender. The satin gold detail extends into the cabin where it is found across the dashboard, steering wheel spokes, gear shift pedals and heated and cooled front seats. It contrasts with darker elements like carbon fiber accents and black leather trim.
Special touches were handled by SV Bespoke, the privatization arm of Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division.
The current F-Pace SVR 2021 model was launched for the year. The high-performance crossover is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that delivers 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This is enough for an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 178 miles per hour.
Both the F-Pace SVR version 1988 and the race-winning XJR-9 LM will be on display at 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans, scheduled for the weekend starting June 11. They will also be screened at the 2022 Goodwood Festival. The pace is moving from 23-26 June in the UK