The Range Rover SVR is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever produced. Packing an all-aluminium 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that has been developed to produce 405kW and 680Nm, the super SUV is claimed to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds. On asphalt that is. So what about on other surfaces that is anything but grippy?
To showcase the SVR’s extended performance credibility and its Terrain Response traction control system, Land Rover has conducted a series of 0-100km/h acceleration test on a variety of surfaces using different driving modes.
The Range Rover Sport SVR’s first challenge was the start-finish straight at one of Europe’s fastest racing circuit, Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, UK. In Dynamic mode, the Range Rover Sport SVR blasted from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.7 seconds.
In the second test, the high-performance SUV tackled wet grass. In Grass/Gravel/Snow mode the throttle response is softened to prevent loss of traction and gear changes are smoother and quicker. The Range Rover Sport SVR recorded an effortless 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds.
A quarry provided the ideal gravel surface, where the Range Rover Sport SVR’s inherent traction came to the fore. With the vehicle systems optimised to suit the loose surface, it registered 5.3 seconds.
To find snow the Range Rover Sport SVR headed to Jaguar Land Rover’s winter test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden. Here, the optimised settings and all-wheel drive system helped the SVR complete the sprint on a combination of snow and ice in 11.3 seconds.
The next switch of the Terrain Response 2 dial was to select Mud and Ruts mode. In this setting the air suspension is raised and the Traction Control System allows controlled tyre slip to provide better traction in slippery conditions. At one of Land Rover’s all-terrain testing facilities, the performance SUV logged a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds as its intelligent four-wheel-drive technology came into its own.
Pendine Sands at Carmarthen Bay in South Wales has been linked with speed ever since hosting the first world land speed record run took place there in 1924. That made it perfect to test the next setting on the Terrain Response 2 dial: Sand.
Selecting Sand mode sharpens the vehicle’s accelerator responses to allow a quick build-up of engine torque. The vehicle also holds onto gears for longer and locks the central differential to help maintain momentum. The result of this technological wizardry was a 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds.