Range Rover Sport SVR Masters Nürgburgring
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the manufacturer's most powerful vehicle – ever. It is a brash, in your face, trim that blends off-road performance with sports car speed. It completed the Nürgburgring circuit in 8 minutes 14 seconds which is one the fastest times recorded by a sports-utility vehicle. It later charged up the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Propulsion comes courtesy of a 5.0-litre, 550PS, supercharged petrol engine that propels it to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. That is only 0.9 seconds slower than a Ferrari California. Top speed is electronically limited to 162 mph. This V8 – that produces 680Nm of torque – averages 21.7 mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 298g/km.
Power is sent to each corner via 8-speed automatic transmission that – compared to tamer versions of the vehicle – has faster gearshifts that the manufacturer says create “a more immediate connection”. The motorist can cruise in full-auto mode or select gears manually via a lever or paddles behind the steering wheel.
The active sports exhaust – Land Rover says – has a “distinctive throaty sound”. Below about 3,000 rpm, valves close part of the system to minimise noise. Handy when cruising through a sleepy village at night. However, when the engine revolutions rise the valves open and it roars like a sports car to thrill the driver.
Handling has been optimised to exploit the immense power. The air suspension, for example, has a “modified piston profile to ensure even sportier handling and composure” - and the adaptive dynamics damper settings have been optimised for “an unrivalled combination of increased agility” In other words, faster and flatter corning. Furthermore, the steering has been tuned for a more engaging feel.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is distinguished by large air intakes in the front bumper that cool the supercharged engine. These complement the SVR badges, high-mounted rear spoiler and blue brake callipers. The extended wheel arches house either 21 or 22” alloys.
The cabin has leather seats that the manufacturer says “offer additional lateral support during spirited driving”. The seats – that can be adjusted electrically in 16 ways and have a memory function - incorporate the “SVR” logo and integrated headrests.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is available now from £95,150 on the road. The price includes a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty.