Buyers looking to step up to the hero SUV will be greeted by 405kW of power and a $218,500 price tag, plus on-roads.
April also saw the local launch of the monstrous new 422kW X5 M, priced from $185,900.
But, while the Bimmer is more powerful, the Range Rover family is the stuff of modern legends; buyers looking at the Sport SVR likely won’t be perturbed by other offerings in the field.
What’s it got?
“A thorough range of revisions specially developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations combine to make this premium derivative even more distinctive both inside and out, as well as taking its dynamic capabilities to the next level without impacting on comfort, refinement or all-terrain versatility,” SVO boss John Edwards said at the Sport SVR’s unveiling.
“The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
Marketing spin aside, the Sport SVR is comfortably the most powerful Land Rover ever offered.
Motivation in the RR Sport SVR is provided by the same 5.0 litre supercharged V8 offered with Jaguar’s F-Type, delivering a hefty 405kW and 680Nm.
The big V8 is matched to a ZF-sourced eight-speed 8HP70 sports auto, a performance-tuned all-wheel-drive and suspension package, and stuffed into the RR Sport’s relatively lightweight aluminium body.
SVO’s boffins have tuned the paddle-controlled auto’s torque converter for 50 percent quicker shifts, “shorter, more visceral and audibly crisper” than in its regular application.
Fans of a built-in throttle blip will also be accommodated here, with the SVR offering both that and a mean crackle on overrun.
SVO promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.7 seconds, and fuel consumption is listed at 12.8 l/100km.
The SVR also benefits from the same ‘Torque Vectoring by Braking’ system that lives in the F-Type, tuning into bias braking to deliver greater turn-in response and limit wheel spin.
There’s also big six-piston Brembo brakes with additional cooling to pull it all up in a hurry.
Land Rover says the Sport SVR will still deliver solid off-road capability, however, with permanent four-wheel-drive, a two-speed transfer case and an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch.
The Sport SVR also retains the regular model’s 850mm wading depth.
Features include an 8.0 inch touchscreen display with voice control, 19-speaker audio system, 16-way powered front seats and adjustable outboard bucket seats in the rear.
All of this is wrapped in a sports styling and aero kit, riding on 21-inch alloys as standard and with $4800 22-inch options available.
Watch out for TMR’s Range Rover Sport SVR review.
Note: Australian photos still to come.
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