As the irrepressible march of SUV demand continues racetracks have become the new offroad. That much is evidenced by this angry face, photographed at Silverstone, screaming “get out of my f@#king way!”
That face belongs to the Range Rover Sport SVR and behind that snarl you’ll find a 405kW/680Nm 5.0 litre supercharged V8 designed not to save you from the depths of sinking sand, but rather to take it up to the likes of theÂ Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on the world’s most fearsome racetrack.
With its permanent four-wheel drive capabilities and a specially-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission the Rangie Sport SVR can fire you to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 260km/h. Despite its show pony pretensions the SVR is fitted with a hard working two-speed transfer case with a low-range function. Although, this is rather undone by the fact the car rides standard on 21″ alloys, with 22″ rims ready to be optioned by the likely suburban buyers.
Go fast SUVs are a quandary that whether we like it or not are here to stay. Like the excess of development in Dubai, such vehicles remain a constant reminder of what modern engineering can do, while simultaneously making you feel dirty for even daring to admire such achievements.
We do kind of like this Range Rover Sport SVR and would like to have a go behind the wheel. And that makes us feel bad.
Pebble Beach debut for new Range Rover Sport SVR: The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever
- Fastest Land Rover ever with 550PS/680Nm V8 supercharged engine, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, 162mph top speed, debuts at Pebble Beach
- Revised chassis and high performance tyres for exhilarating dynamics
- Retains Land Rover’s class-leading all-terrain capability
- Active exhaust provides thrilling V8 soundtrack
- Capable of a NÃ¼rburgring lap time of only 8 minutes 14 seconds
Whitley, UK, 11 August 2014 â€“ The Range Rover Sport SVR is set to make its global debut at Pebble Beach on 14 August. The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models.
The Range Rover Sport SVR accelerates from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds. A top speed electronically limited to 162mph and a NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds â€“ one of the fastest times ever recorded by a production SUV â€“ underline its performance credentials.
The SVRâ€™s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 550PS and 680Nm â€“ substantial 40PS and 56Nm increases â€“ without compromising fuel economy. And its advanced ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
In a world first for Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR is equipped with a two-stage active exhaust featuring electronically controlled valves. The system optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics and provides a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving.
Meanwhile, in another first for Range Rover, unique 22-inch alloy wheels with performance-optimised 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres complement the driver-focused chassis. As standard, new 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer unparalleled all-terrain capability.
Exterior design enhancements ensure the SVR makes a striking visual impact, while simultaneously boosting cooling and aerodynamic efficiencies. A bespoke interior featuring unique sports seats provides further visual differentiation and ensures occupants are held securely in place.
John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Roverâ€™s Special Operations, said: â€œThe Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicleâ€™s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. Its exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.
â€œA thorough range of revisions specially developed by Land Roverâ€™s Special Vehicle Operations combine to make this premium derivative even more distinctive both inside and out, as well as taking its dynamic capabilities to the next level without impacting on comfort, refinement or all-terrain versatility. The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the worldâ€™s most capable performance SUV.â€
The Range Rover Sport SVR builds on the success of the new Range Rover Sport, with its all-aluminium monocoque â€“ a world first in the segment â€“ which reduces weight by 39% compared with its predecessor and provides the ideal strong, stiff and lightweight structure on which to create the Range Rover Sport SVR. The premium sports SUV unleashes the full potential of the lightweight and robust all-aluminium architecture, while retaining the refinement, luxury and off-road capability for which Range Rover is world renowned.
SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and a 50/50 percent torque split front-to-rear. The upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, and the next generation ground-breaking Terrain ResponseÂ® 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
The Range Rover Sport SVRâ€™s lightweight aluminium suspension is fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. Wheel-travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to deal with the toughest conditions.
Wade Sensingâ„¢, introduced on the Range Rover Sport, also features on the SVR. This innovative technology provides â€˜depthâ€™ information when driving through water, and in line with the mainstream Sport, the vehicle can wade up to 850mm. It also has towing capability up to 3000kg.
The Range Rover Sport SVR has been created by Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s Special Vehicle Operations team and all SVR models need to meet key performance criteria to wear the SVR badge. Range Rover Sport SVRs will be built alongside their mainstream sibling models in our existing production facilities and sold through Land Roverâ€™s dealer network.
Range Rover Sport SVR â€“ designed, engineered and built in Britain â€“ amplifies the engineering integrity, robustness and attention to detail that are Land Rover hallmarks.
The Range Rover Sport was introduced in 2005, and over 500,000 examples have been built to date.
Customer orders can be placed from October 2014 at an on-the-road price of Â£93,450 and first deliveries are expected in Q1 2015.
- Range Rover Sport SVR press pack (55kb PDF)
Editor’s note: The Range Rover Sport SVR will be on sale in Australia from Q2 2015. Pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.