If you are looking for the loudest, baddest sports car or roadster out there, chances are you’ll end up with the Jaguar F-Type. And as far as performance sedans go, the Brits have given us some rather convincing propositions in the past. So what about the F-Pace?

2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Surely, the range-topping 380-hp version of Jaguar’s brand-new crossover SUV can’t be the final word. It’s an adequate performer but it’s far too well behaved. It starts up in near silence, and the exhaust note is silky, not savage. It’s hardly a match for the BMW X5 M or the AMG versions of Benz’s SUVs.

It happens that Jaguar is in full agreement with this assessment. That’s why it’s working on a high-performance variant of the F-Pace, engineered by its SVO division and powered by nothing less than the company’s supercharged V-8, rated at well over 500 horsepower. Prototypes are already running, and the high-powered F-Pace could come to market in 2017.

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