At the end of last month, Jaguar hit the ‘Delete’ button on nearly ten years of Instagram posts, replacing them with three images of the Jaguar XJR-9 endurance racer that won the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. We made two conjectures as to what it could mean, the first being, “a limited-edition version of an existing car inspired by the XJR-9 could be around the corner.” And here we have none other than a limited-edition version of an existing Jaguar, called the F-Pace SVR Edition 1988. Created by the SV Bespoke division with help from Special Vehicle Operations and the design team, this is the Jaguar’s first limited edition F-Pace; the brand will make just 394 of them for global consumption, celebrating the number of laps the XJR-9 completed during its win at La Sarthe.
The changes are cosmetic, sadly, which means no 7.0-liter V12 up front. The standard supercharged 5.0-liter serves here, making the standard 550 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It looks more sinister than ever, though, hidden behind Midnight Amethyst paint and a set of 22-inch Champagne Gold forged alloy wheels. If that weren’t enough to announce itself, there are also Sunset Gold Satin accents that contrast with the standard Black Package, such as the Edition 1988 badging on the fenders, leaper badge in back and tailgate script. A silver “SV Bespoke commissioning graphic” informs that each model is “One of 394.”
Inside, occupants find more Sunset Gold on the steering wheel, shift paddles, instrument panel and ventilated Performance Seats. They’re offset by semi-aniline leather everywhere, and carbon fiber trim finishers. Jaguar mentions as well that it’s incorporated what3words navigation into the Pivi Pro infotainment system. A combination of three terms identifies three-square-meter blocks (32.3 square feet) around the world, the phrase “echo.twin.papers” providing directions to the Empire State Building, for instance.
The F-Pace SVR Edition 1988 starts at $111,150 after the $1,150 destination charge, a $23,400 surcharge over the base F-Pace SVR.
Now we wait to find out about our second surmise for the brand — a return to old-school competition with an endurance racing program. It’s unlikely for tens of millions of reasons, but we’d love to see the cat back at that French country house with Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lamborghini and Porsche.