- The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge
- The SVR features a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph1 on the track
- Pricing starting at $110,475)
The Range Rover Sport is often seen as the Range Rover people buy when they either can’t afford the big daddy Range Rover or are a professional soccer player. Sure it has a 510 horsepower V8 attached to an eight-speed ZF gearbox and is good for a 0 to 60 time of 5.0 seconds, but it’s always the Range Rover’s little brother. At least the Range Rover Evoque has an identity and personality all its own… It was designed in part by Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, after all. (To be honest, I still don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.)
But now there’s a new Range Rover Sport, and it’s badass enough the give the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S night terrors. Previewed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and powered by Jaguar’s laudable 542 horsepower, 502 pound-feet of torque 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (from the Jaguar XFR-S (that we exclusively drove a while back) and the Jaguar XFR-S Shooting Brake), the Range Rover Sport SVR is one bad mother-SUV-er. (Don’t forget, this is a family blog.) And, Range Rover thought what better way to introduce the Range Rover Sport SVR to the world than by setting a record lap for a sport utility vehicle around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
As I often do on this site… to quote Bartok the Bat… “Wow! I’ll tell you what… Wow!”. This big-ass-monster, 191-inch long SUV has some serious performance chops! Ok… So, it has a 542 hp supercharged V8, an eight-speed transmission, one of the smartest all-wheel-drive systems man has ever produced and a super-stiff aluminum chassis. These aren’t exactly the ingredients of a pokey truck. But, the Range Rover Sport SUV lapped the ‘Ring at a staggering 8:14. Eight minutes and fourteen seconds!
To put that into perspective, in 2009, the last Range Rover Sport circled the Nurburgring in 8:55, 41 seconds slower than the Range Rover SVR. And, the previous SUV record holder the Holden VF SS V Redline clocked in at 8:19 last year.
Just last month the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R claimed the record for fastest front-wheel-drive hatchback with a 7:54.36. Ahead of that sit the Porsche 918 Spyder with a fully street-legal series production car record at 6:57, the Radical SR8 LM with the production car record of 6:48, the Pagani Zonda R production-based track car record of 6:47 and the top banana 1983 Porsche 956 all-time Nurburgring Lap record of 6:11.
Keeping in mind the Range Rover Sport SVR weighs the better part of two-and-a-half tons, 8:14 is pretty damn impressive. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR isn’t just some publicity stunt designed to lap the ‘Ring then lap the auto show circuit. The SVR is the new performance flagship for Land Rover Range Rover. And, it’s set to hit a dealership near you in 2015. Sports car performance, a 2.8-foot wading depth and Range Rover luxury… the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is setting a bar that no one knew existed.
I know in the past, I’ve had a bit of an issue with the über sport utes, but over the past few years, I’ve had a chance to get to know them a bit better. I’ve spent a lot of time driving a Porsche Cayenne Turbo from Washington, DC down to Miami. You know what… I’ve changed my mind.
They have their purpose. I would never choose any SUV (other than maybe a Rally Fighter) to drive on a track. But, to drive on an open highway for long periods of time with no smokies in sight… I just might opt for a Porsche Macan Turbo S, Audi Q5 S or a Range Rover Sport SVR. There’s just something about their ride height, luxurious appointments and insane speed that is intoxicating. That being said… I still prefer a sports car. But, if there’s ever a 700 horse Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, all bets are off.
For more information, visit Land Rover Range Rover’s Special Vehicle page or check out the press release and video below.
Range Rover Sport SVR Nurburgring Press Release
RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR: FASTEST PRODUCTION SUV AROUND NÜRBURGRING
Range Rover Sport SVR Press Release
RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR: FASTEST PRODUCTION SUV AROUND NÜRBURGRING
– Range Rover Sport SVR: Fastest and most powerful production Land Rover ever laps legendary Nordschleife circuit in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds. – Achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort. – To see the Range Rover Sport SVR in action on the Nürburgring CLICK HERE
Whitley, UK, 30 July 2014 – The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.
The new SVR, which made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 550PS – a 40PS increase over the existing V8 Supercharged derivative.
The handling characteristics of the SVR have been honed on the demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife because the undulating circuit’s challenging layout represents the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said: “The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”
Development of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever. This has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.
The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in Land Rover showrooms in 2015.