A camouflaged Range Rover Sport SVR prototype blasted up the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex at the weekend, in the hands of vehicle integrity manager Graham Moss – after making a spine-tingling exit from its ‘Top Secret’ shipping crate. The Sport’s engineers have spent a lot of time tuning the exhaust note, and its sinister, raspy, sound will be a signature feature of production models.
LRO got up close to the SVR and spotted its new, wider summer tyres, which maximise this road-biased model’s cornering ability and grip levels. They will also undoubtedly help it get off the line a fraction quicker than on the standard mud and snow (M+S) tyres.
The current range-topping 503bhp supercharged Sport has Y-rated (186mph max) 275/40R22 M+S tyres as standard, but the 542bhp SVR gets Continental’s 295/40R22 Y XL ContiSportContact 5 as an option. They’re more than £500 a corner, list price (although we found them online for less than £350 each), but there’s no word on how much they’ll cost SVR buyers yet.
The Continentals are wrapped around wider 22in 20-spoke alloys, which had black camouflage disguising their polished wide spokes at Goodwood, with subtle wheelarch extensions to keep them legal.
A jazzy, patriotic, camouflage wrap left little else to the imagination, but still disguised deeper side air vents ahead of the front doors. At the rear there’s a much more aggressive bumper with aerodynamic diffuser and quad-tailpipe exhausts.
The SVR’s reprofiled front air dam, peppered with air ducts feeding the gigantic vented brake discs and blue-painted Brembo calipers, is deeper, so it compromises the Sport’s approach angle, but LRO understands the SVR still has a two-speed transfer box for off-road use.