The new flagship Range Rover Sport SVR puts enhanced focus on the performance of the most dynamic model in the Range Rover family, engineered to complement the core range using all the knowledge and expertise of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
Under the hood, the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine is the most powerful in the brand’s history, now producing 575hp and generating an impressive 516-lb. ft. of torque. That’s an increase of 25hp and enough to power the Range Rover Sport SVR from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds) on its way to an electronically controlled top speed of 176mph.
Coupled with enhancements to the chassis, the new Range Rover Sport SVR delivers more dynamic handling without compromising its traditional comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.
In addition to the enhanced driving experience, SVO has provided new visual cues to the model’s performance potential. The hood is a unique carbon fiber composite design for the first time, with integrated cooling vents that transform the front aspect of the vehicle, while its lightweight construction delivers genuine dynamic benefits by reducing weight over the front axle.
Customers can also choose an exterior Carbon Fiber Package that leaves the central section of the new hood’s carbon fiber weave exposed, creating an arresting high-performance aesthetic. Prominent new detailing on the front grille also catches the eye, while the side fender vents are finished in Gloss Black.
Greater use of body-colored detailing at the rear and the presence of an SVO badge in place of the Land Rover oval also help to mark out the SVR as something very special.
A new front bumper design also provides a discrete change to the assertive appearance of the SVR, with changes designed to improve brake cooling. All-new brake pads and discs provide enhanced performance at higher temperatures, which assist the braking system with fade-resistance during dynamic driving3.
The SVR is available with 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, with a new optional 22-inch lightweight performance alloy design available in two color finishes.
These changes can be complemented by a series of additional optional design packs – most notably, the Carbon Fiber Exterior Pack, which incorporates tasteful detailing to the front bumper, grille, fender vents, mirror covers and tailgate.
Cabin changes build on the enhancements to the core model with a sharper focus on driver and passenger comfort, allied with higher specification materials and finishes.
From SVR-branded treadplates that illuminate as the driver climbs aboard, to the aluminum sports pedals, the improvements are aimed at enhancing every element of the driving experience.
Supportive new lightweight Supersport seats create an athletic silhouette and provide exceptional comfort on long journeys. They also deliver a significant 66-lb (30kg) weight saving over the core seat and are heated in the front and rear as standard.
Finished in high-quality perforated Windsor leather, the revised designs reflect the model’s status as the ultimate high-performance luxury SUV. Seat backs finished in satin black with an embossed SVR logo on the headrests also leave no doubt about the exclusivity of the SVR model. The new seats also liberate more rear legroom and create the impression of a cosseting four-seat interior, while retaining flexible five-seat capability.
Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility.