Pebble Beach debut for new Range Rover Sport SVR
The Range Rover Sport SVR made its global debut at Pebble Beach on 14 August. The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in a breath-taking 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds) and on to an electronically limited top speed of 162mph (260km/h).
The SVR’s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 550PS and 680Nm and its advanced ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
In a world first for Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR is equipped with a two-stage active exhaust featuring electronically controlled valves to optimise sound quality, performance and aesthetics.
Meanwhile, in another first for Range Rover, unique 22-inch* alloy wheels with performance-optimised 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres* complement the driver-focused chassis.
The Range Rover Sport 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.
Last but not least, 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.
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 striking design
The bold exterior design and luxurious interior of Land Rover’s premium sports SUV have been enhanced for the Range Rover Sport SVR with an extensive range of dynamic improvements.
Designed exclusively by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the Range Rover Sport SVR makes a strong visual statement, courtesy of a wide range of enhancements.
These include a new front bumper with muscular trapezoidal air intakes, dark Range Rover script on the clamshell bonnet, which also features revised bonnet vents, and a new grille in a dark finish that contrasts with the headlights’ striking LED signature graphics.
At the side of the vehicle, an all-new aluminium fender panel incorporates a distinctive new design of fender vent, while unique side mouldings add further muscularity.
At the rear, prominent Range Rover Sport SVR badging and a pronounced high-level spoiler with an eye-catching centrally mounted brake light signal the vehicle’s sporting intent.
A choice of seven colour palettes is available, including the striking Estoril Blue, exclusive to the Range Rover Sport SVR. A Santorini Black contrast roof is available as standard equipment and combines with body-colour side mouldings to emphasise the SVR’s squat, muscular stance.
The seats are finished in luxurious Windsor leather with ribbed, quilted centres, Ebony Black top stitching, eye-catching reflective piping, and all feature the Range Rover Sport SVR logo. Four striking interior colourways are available: Ebony; Ebony and Cirrus; Ebony and Pimento Red; Ebony and Tan.
As standard, the vehicle is supplied with turned aluminium interior trim details, but owners can specify carbon fibre trim for the door panels, centre console, dashboard and steering-wheel bezel.
Orders can be placed from October 2014 at an on the road price of £93,450 and first deliveries are expected in Q1 2015.