Land Rover’s hot new Range Rover Sport SVR performance SUV has been unveiled today ahead of its 2015 showroom debut.
Already hailed as the fastest SUV ever to lap the Nurburgring, the new hero Range Rover now enters as the first production model from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations arm.
As earlier teaser shots have revealed, the new performer gets a unique styling kit that includes meaner bumpers at both ends, flared wheel arches, rear spoiler and diffuser, quad exhaust pipes and that all-important SVR badge.
Power is provided by Jaguar Land Rover’s 404kW 5.0 litre supercharged V8 - the same unit that powers the new F-TYPE Coupe R.
Incredibly, despite its much larger dimensions, the Range Rover Sport SVR’s relatively light construction combined with this enhanced tuning program has resulted in a claimed 0-60mph (96km/h) time of just 4.5 seconds.
That’s sharp, especially when you consider that the the F-TYPE Coupe R claims 4.0 seconds (or 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds)
The big V8 sends its power to all four wheels through an enhanced eight-speed ZF auto, paired with steering-mounted paddle shifters for manual control.
And for those that love a built-in throttle blip, that’s there too, along with a mean crackle on overrun.
As a performance-focused SUV, the SVR also gets ‘Torque Vectoring by Braking’, imitating a torque-vectoring differential, and there’s also a sports-tuned stability control system on-board.
The SVR maintains the RR Sport’s off-road capability however, with permanent four-wheel-drive, a two-speed transfer case and an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch.
Big 21-inch wheels are standard, turning in front of Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers. Even larger 22-inch wheels can be optioned.
Watch for the Range Rover Sport SVR to hit global markets in 2015. An Australian debut is set for the second quarter of 2015.
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