The high-performance Range Rover Sport, that we first spotted testing over a year ago, is the first Land Rover project to come out of the new Special Vehicle Operations team. It’ll be the most powerful, and fastest, Land Rover the factory has ever built. All future high-performance Land Rovers (yes, there will be more) will also get the SVR badge.
The existing 503bhp V8 Supercharged Range Rover Sport hits a limiter at 155mph, but its Y-rated 275/40R22 tyres are good for 186mph. We wouldn’t be surprised if the SVR knocks on the door of that figure.
Getting it off the line quicker than the current car’s 5sec 0-60mph time will be hard, but with torque expected to climb past 500lb ft – the standard Supercharged has 461lb ft – a 4.5sec time must be on the wish list.
Land Rover is keeping the details of the drivetrain under wraps for now so expect some changes there – as it’s a road-biased vehicle there’s a chance it may not have a low-range transfer box. It’s certainly unlikely to need one, and we know that replacing the two-speed transfer box with a single-speed unit and Torsen centre differential saves around 18kg.
SVRs will be built alongside regular models on the production line at Solihull, and sold through the Land Rover dealer network in the usual way.
Land Rover is treating the camouflaged SVR’s appearance at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex as an extension of its test programme, that also includes hours pounding round the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Check out the #SoundOfSVR video below...