The Range Rover Sport SVR has become the fastest production SUV ever to lap the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nurburgring.
Billed as the fastest Land Rover ever, the SVR put its money firmly where its mouth is, completing the lap in eight minutes and 14 seconds.
Goodwood festival of speed
The new model made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, and then headed straight to the German track to undergo intense driver testing.
A Land Rover driver tested the production example of the potent new performance SUV, which is powered by an upgraded version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine.
The new powerplant has been tuned to deliver a 542bhp output, a 40bhp increase over the existing supercharged V8 derivative.
Handling characteristics on the SVR have likewise been refined and honed, thanks largely to the Nordschleife testing. Dubbed ‘the Green Hell’ by F1 legend Jackie Stewart, the course is one of the most challenging circuits on earth and regarded as the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.
Mike Cross, chief engineer vehicle integrity, said: “The Nurburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners.
“We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”
Special Vehicle Operations
The Range Rover Sport SVR was designed by Jaguar Land Rover’s new bespoke Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of creating the most performance-focused Range Rover ever.
As well as that, the SVR will also be the first model to wear the new SVR designation, which will be applied to all high-performance models across the Jaguar Land Rover board in the future.
All future SVR models will be required to meet stringent performance criteria in order to be deemed worthy of wearing the SVR badge.
However, despite the exclusivity, SVR models will still be built alongside existing models and sold through the Land Rover dealer network in the usual way.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is still undergoing development prior to its release next year and full specifications are currently under wraps.
However Jaguar Land Rover have announced that it will feature a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.