07 Feb 2019

Range Rover Velar gets 405kW V8 boost

Limited-run Velar with F-Type V8 and long-winded name
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It’s the Range Rover Velar we wanted to see from the get-go – futuristic styling meets old-school supercharged bent-eight grunt, turning up this SUV’s lust factor up to 11.

And just to make sure this glorious slice of bad-arse British meat is something you won't forget easily, Land Rover has crowned it with a name worthy of an upper-class toff – Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition.

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In fact, there’s a chance the Velar SV (as we shall refer to it from now on) could smash 0-100km/h in less time than it takes some people to pronounce its name, thanks to the delicious 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 pulsating under its vented bonnet. Land Rover reckons this eight-speed automatic, 274km/h powerhouse will nail 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, which is bang on the performance of its larger, slightly more powerful 423kW Range Rover Sport SVR sibling. So, not hanging about then.

Compared to the slightly in-your-face SVR, the Velar SV Autobiography is more understated. It features a new front bumper with larger air intakes for improved cooling, a new grille and lower side mouldings, and quad rear exhaust pipes integrated into a revised rear bumper, yet the blown V8 Velar remains faithful to its minimalist design DNA. The SV wears lightweight forged-aluminium 21-inch alloy wheels (that weigh the same as the regular Velar’s 20s), though 22s are on the (mandatory?) options list if you play English football for Chelsea.

The 22-inch versions get a unique ‘Silver Sparkle’ finish and diamond-turned edging, garnishing the enormous brakes sitting behind them – 395mm front discs and 396mm rear discs. Red brake calipers (four-piston at the front) with Land Rover lettering are standard, though gloss-black is also available if red is too chav for your tastes.

Mechanically, the Land Rover Special Vehicles Operations claims it spent 63,900 hours fine-tuning the Velar SV’s ride, handling and drivetrain calibrations. The AWD system, active locking rear differential, eight-speed auto, steering, and adaptive air suspension have all been honed to provide a more focused, more engaging driving experience, while maintaining Land Rover’s all-terrain reputation and without jeopardising comfort.

The AWD system’s transfer case has been uprated to handle the blown V8’s muscle, and the drive split can deliver up to 100 per cent of torque to the rear if necessary. As for the sound, a bespoke active exhaust system – 7.1kg lighter than the standard set-up – improves both gas flow and V8 rumble.

Inside, unique perforated and quilted twin-stitched ‘Windsor’ leather features in four colour combos – Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento. And both front seats are 20-way electric with memory settings, heating/cooling and massage function. The Velar SV also gets a unique sports steering wheel with a specially contoured rim, a knurled finish for the rotary gear selector and other switchgear, sports pedals, and illuminated metal sill plates. An optional carbonfibre pack adds a more contemporary flavour to the interior.

The Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition will be available in six colours – Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue – when it goes on sale in Australia in the third quarter of 2019.

It’ll be priced at $175,322, not including on-road costs.

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