• Most powerful Range Rover in SA
RACING SEATS FOR A SERIOUSLY HOT CAR: It takes a special kind of car to justify seats such as these - their host is limited at 260km/h so 300 is possible! Image: Motorpress
• New chassis, high-performance tyres
• 'Class-leading' all-terrain ability
Range Rover’s fastest and most powerful model yet - the Range Rover Sport SVR - is now available in South African showrooms as the first model to wear the SVR badge, a mark destined for all future high-performance Jaguar and Land Rover products
The SVR had its SA debut at the May 2015 Simola Hillclimb. "Its impressive acceleration," Land Rover said, "and thrilling V8 soundtrack wowed crowds, some of the first to witness its capabilities.
"The SVR accelerates to 100km/h in 4.5sec and on to an electronically limited top speed of 260km/h. In 2014 a unit lapped the 20.8 Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8min14.
That's one of the fastest times recorded by a production SUV and underlines the cars performance credentials.
The SVR’s range-topping five-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to produce 405kW/680Nm – 29kW and 56Nm more than the current top V8 model – without compromising fuel economy. And its advanced ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
VIDEO: Watch the Range Rover SVR in rain at Silverstone
In a world-first for the brand, the SVR has a two-stage exhaust featuring electronically controlled valves. The system optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics and provides a race car-inspired sound at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during normal driving.
Exterior design enhancements ensure the SVR makes a striking visual impact, while simultaneously boosting cooling and aerodynamic efficiencies. As standard, new 21" alloy rims with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer unparalleled all-terrain capability.
A bespoke interior featuring unique sports seats provides further visual differentiation and ensures occupants are held securely in place.
John Edwards, MD of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The 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 SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
The SVR builds on the success of the new Range Rover Sport, with its all-aluminium monocoque – a world first in the segment – which reduces weight by 39% compared with its predecessor and provides the ideal strong, stiff and lightweight structure on which to create the SVR.
The premium sports SUV unleashes the full potential of the lightweight and robust all-aluminium architecture, while retaining the refinement, luxury and off-road capability for which Range Rover is world-renowned.
CLASS-LEADING WHEEL TRAVEL
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 per cent torque split, front-to-rear. The upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, and the next generation of the groundbreaking Terrain Response 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
The SVR’s lightweight aluminium suspension is fully independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. Wheel travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to deal with the toughest conditions.
Wade Sensing, introduced on the Range Rover Sport, also features on the SVR as an option. This innovative technology provides ‘depth’ information when driving through water, and in line with the mainstream Sport, the vehicle can wade up to 850mm. It also has towing capability up to 3000kg.
IT'S THE FIRST OF A BREED
The SVR has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team and all SVR models need to meet key performance criteria to wear the SVR badge. The SVR will be built alongside their mainstream sibling models in existing production facilities.
The SVR – designed, engineered and built in Britain – amplifies the engineering integrity, robustness and attention to detail that are Land Rover hallmarks.
AND HERE YOU HAVE IT: The new five-litre Range Rover Sport SVR in all its sleek and streamlined glory. Yours for - no check the price below! Image: Land Rover
R1 865 200 (incl. VAT; excluding CO2 tax R20 725).
CO2 emissions: 322g/km.
Fuel consumption: 20.6 litres/100km (urban); 9.9 litres/100km (extra urban); 13.8 litres/100km (combined).