Range Rover’s first SVR-badged model is the fastest production SUV yet
Range Rover and Nürburgring Nordschleife are two terms not commonly synonymous with each other, however Land Rover’s fastest and most powerful vehicle, the new Range Rover Sport SVR, may have just earned the right after clocking a Green Hell lap time of 8 minutes, 14 seconds. That’s five seconds faster than Rob Trubiani’s time set in a Holden VF SS-V Ute.
The engine responsible for propelling the Range Rover Sport SVR from 0-100km/h in 4.7sec is an evolution of JLR’s all-aluminium 5-litre supercharged V8. The British brand’s engineers have increased outputs by 30kW and 55Nm, to 405kW and 680Nm; certainly enough to tow the family boat.
Adjustments to the Bosch engine management system optimise power efficiency while increasing the amount of positive air pressure generated by the supercharger. Keeping the boosted air temperature down are two coolers, fed by larger front air intakes that enhance looks and performance.
The exhaust system has also been modified to provide both power and aural benefits. The underfloor pipes have increased 5mm in diameter to 60mm, freeing up some of the back pressure to complement the increased boost and engine management revisions.
Two-stage electronically controlled exhaust system valves keep the noise to a minimum under 3000rpm, with two of the four tail pipes being closed. It’s once the engine load increases that all four pipes open up, providing clarity of the engine’s pure note at full roar. The electronic control also allows the driver to manually select a restricted exhaust profile for minimal noise throughout the full rev range.
The German-assembled eight-speed ZF 8HP70 has also been enhanced to provide sharper gear shift response that complements the performance abilities of the Range Rover Sport SVR. Transferring the rubber-chewing power to the the road are 21-inch alloys with all-season tyres, however unique 22-inch alloys with Continental SportContact 5 tyres will be available as an optional extra.
The Range Rover Sport SVR’s handling characteristics have been developed to increase cornering velocities and agility. Peak cornering g-force loading has been increased from 1.1g to 1.3g, which Range Rover describes as a pronounced improvement for performance-minded drivers.
Four-corner air-suspension with adaptive dynamics monitors the vehicle’s movements at least 500 times per second and adjusts the dampening force to suit the driving conditions. The electric power-assisted steering features added weight to complement the chassis’ handling prowess.
The Range Rover Sport SVR will be priced at $218,500, and will be available from May.