The new Range Rover Sport SVR made its global debut at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last weekend.
It will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations division.
Designed from the ground up to be the highest performing Land Rover model ever, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is one of the fastest production SUVs ever.
At its heart lies a tweaked version of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine from the Range Rover Sport, which drives all four of the SVR’s wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The most powerful Range Rover ever!
The resulting power output stands at 542bhp with 680Nm of torque, meaning that Jaguar Land Rover have managed to wring an extra 40bhp and 56Nm from the engine when compared with the standard Sport.
That power will take the Range Rover Sport SVR to 60mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds, before it goes on to an electronically-limited top speed of 162mph.
Jaguar Land Rover has further boosted both performance and drama with a two-stage active exhaust with electronically controlled valves and quad pipes at the back, which will reportedly give a deeper sound and a boost in performance in the higher rev bands.
Visual tweaks have been made as well, with a deeper front bumper that boasts larger and more aggressively-styled air intakes to improve cooling.
The rear bumper is likewise more prominent, and a new diffuser has been added to boost aerodynamic efficiency.
As well as that, the Sport SVR model comes with custom sports seats to further differentiate the model from the standard Range Rover Sport.
Other features include a choice of 21-inch or 22-inch alloy wheels, fully independent suspension and Wade Sensing, which provides depth information while driving through water.
Could this be more popular than the Range Rover Sport?
The standard Range Rover Sport is one of Land Rover’s best-selling models, with over 500,000 built since it was introduced in 2005. Jaguar Land Rover are also confident that the Sport SVR can not only match the popularity of the Range Rover Sport, but also exceed it.
John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design.
“It’s exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set. The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
The new Range Rover Sport SVR will be sold alongside standard Land Rover models and customers can place orders for the new model from October, with prices starting from £93,450.