Land Rover Australia has announced the pricing and specifications of the new 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR – the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever produced.
Priced from $218,500 excluding on-road costs, the Range Rover Sport is the first Land Rover to wear the new high-performance SVR badge. It is capable of hitting triple digits from a standstill in 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 260km/h.
Land Rover claims during initial tests, the Range Rover Sport SVR lapped Germany’s legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in 8 minutes 14 seconds – one of the feast times ever recorded by a standard production SUV.
At the heart of the SVR is an all-aluminium 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that has been developed to produce 405kW and 680Nm – a substantial 30kW and 55Nm increase – thanks to the optimised Bosch management system and retuned supercharger bypass valve to increase maximum boost pressure during high-performance driving.
The SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and a 50/50 percent torque split front-to-rear.
According to Land Rover, the SVR’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions are unaffected by the extra performance and remain identical to the V8 Supercharged derivative at 12.8L/100km and 325g/km. This is due to the engine’s advanced and highly efficient design characteristics, which include: class-leading levels of low internal friction, high pressure direct injection with a centrally mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided injection system and dual independent variable camshaft timing (VCT).
In two world firsts for Range Rover, an electrically controlled two-stage active exhaust is said to provide a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving. Meanwhile, unique 22-inch alloy wheels with performance-optimised 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres complement the driver-focused chassis. As standard, new 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer unparalleled all-terrain capability.
Exterior design enhancements to the SVR not only make a striking visual impact, but simultaneously boosting cooling and aerodynamic efficiencies. A bespoke interior featuring unique sports seats provides further visual differentiation and ensures occupants are held securely in place during spirited driving.
Speaking ahead of its global premiere, John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. Its exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.
“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. The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
The Range Rover Sport SVR has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team and will be built alongside existing models and sold through the Land Rover dealer network.