Ahead of its official public unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA, on August 14, the Range Rover Sport SVR’s muscular appearance and supercar-punching stats have been revealed.
We now know the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 SVR will accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds, half a second quicker than the cooking 5.0 Supercharged Autobiography.
Although its new 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 ‘summer’ tyres are good for 186mph (as are the standard all-weather mud-and-snow 275/45 R21s), Land Rover has electronically limited the SVR to 162mph flat-out. That’s 7mph more than the Autobiography, should you find yourself in a drag race on a German autobahn.
The SVR, the first model from the new Special Vehicle Operations team, boasts 542bhp and 501lb ft – 40bhp and 41lb ft more than the standard supercharged V8. Its ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and twin-speed four-wheel-drive system have been tweaked to suit.
Land Rover has made a lot of noise about the #SoundOfSVR, and that’s because of its Ferrari-style active exhaust – a system with valves that allows it to pass drive-by noise regulations, while snarling like a dragster when you put your foot down.
On the outside, we can now see the deeper twin-exit side vents that have been sculpted into the front wings, while inside gets unique race-style bucket seats front and rear and carbonfibre trim details on the dash and steering wheel. It’s a bit like the Autobiography’s baseball cap and trainer-wearing younger brother, but it should be a riot to drive.
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. Its exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.’
The first Range Rover Sport SVR deliveries are expected in the first few months of 2015.