2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR revealed – fresh face and tech for 542bhp SUV

Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operations has revealed its updated F-Pace SVR, which adopts the recent styling and tech changes debuted on the standard model earlier this year. Its core mechanical components remain mostly unchanged though, meaning the SVR remains a welcome contrast to its predominantly turbocharged V6 rivals at its sub-£80k performance SUV price point. 

The powertrain is the familiar 5-litre supercharged V8, still producing 542bhp and 516lb ft, but engineers have worked on its engine mapping, broadening the torque curve farther across the rev band. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been given a more thorough update, with a new torque converter borrowed from the XE Project 8, which should result in snappier, more aggressive shifts. 

SVO’s engineers have also been working on the steering, damper and rear differential calibrations, with a sustained effort to further differentiate the SVR’s Dynamic mode, providing more of an edge to its

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Can (and Should) This 1979 Triumph TR7 Be Saved?

British sports cars have a well-deserved reputation for indestructible build quality and stolid reliability, and the Triumph TR7 is possibly the crown jewel of them all. Between Triumph’s reputation for building affordable and credible sporting cars and motorcycles, coupled with the “Shape of Things to Come” styling, the 1979 Triumph TR7 was one of the greatest sales successes of its time and segment. This flaming orange example, still with its original Zenith carburetors (maybe not where you’d expect them), is coming to the Wheeler Dealers garage for the sorting out it deserves and direly needs.

Okay, we can’t keep it up anymore. There are only two true statements in that first paragraph, namely that Triumph made affordable sports cars and still makes fantastic motorcycles. Famous for reliability and sales success, they ain’t. Even so, Mike Brewer couldn’t be happier with his recently purchased and very orange 1979 Triumph TR7—a stark

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All-electric Mini John Cooper Works in the works

Mini has announced that it will launch a hot version of its all-electric Mini, joining a traditional petrol-powered JCW version of its next generation model. 

Given the inherently modular nature of different electric motors, and the platform ready to accept them that’s already in development, a high performance all-electric derivative is now a priority according to Mini boss Bernd Körber, saying “With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well driving pleasure and electric mobility can be combined. Now’s the time to translate the performance passion of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. So we’re working hard to develop concepts for John Cooper Works models with electric drive.”

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Alongside the announcement, Mini has released images of an electric prototype with bodywork shared with the current Mini JCW GP. While no official specifications have been released, the

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Dax Shepard Is Building an LT4-Swapped Chevy 454 SS Pickup

We drove it around the block and were impressed with its tight feel and ride quality. The throttle-body-injected (TBI) 454 definitely makes more torque and accelerates with more aplomb than Project Jake, the in-house, small-block-powered OBS (old body style) 1993 GMC C1500 from our sister publication HOT ROD. Still, an 8:1 compression big-block with peanut-port cylinder heads, a tiny cam, and hard-to-tune, airflow-limited induction and fuel-delivery systems doesn’t compare very favorably with even the standard engines in today’s pickups.

Say what you will about taking out the big-block in a 454 SS and replacing it with an LS or (in this case) LT engine, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Lucky told us he and Dax discussed several options on how to build the existing big-block for more power, but Dax decided on the LT4 E-Rod crate engine from Chevrolet Performance in an attempt

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New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – priced from £37,215 in the UK

Volkswagen was never going to leave the GTI with just 242bhp was it now? As part of its latest range of performance Golfs, VW has revealed a new 296bhp Golf 8 GTI Clubsport that, like the Mk7 Clubsport Edition 40 that came before, will sit as a more focused and only slightly less powerful sibling to the range-topping Golf R. Priced from £37,215 in the UK, it’s more expensive than key front-wheel drive rivals like the BMW 128ti and Honda Civic Type R, yet comes with a single high specification trim, but right on target with the updated Renault Megane RS Trophy.

The new GTI Clubsport’s key ingredients remain familiar, with a combination of the EA888 2-litre four-cylinder engine here mated exclusively to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (boo hiss) and powering the front wheels via an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Peak power is rated at 296bhp (10bhp up

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