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Fastest Range Rover Sport ever, the SVR is ready for a brawl


LAST week, Justin drove the BMW X6 M50d and this week, he finds himself in the Range Rover Sport. Next week, he’ll be attending BMW’s launch of its X5M and X6M models. What is it about big, sporty and incredibly fast SUVs that we love? Would you take one of these off road and risk damaging one of those 20-inch rims? Well, Range Rover obviously sees a demand for a track-focused SUV; something more powerful than the Sport and as quick as an XF-R. Enter the SVR, which we suspect is already in South Africa.

The SVR is the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced and it’s the first model to wear the SVR badge, which will be adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models. The Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport SVR accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds. In the past, Range Rovers were known for forging paths through the thick green Amazon jungle, now, they’re setting lap times at the green hell, also known as the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The SVR set a lap time of eight minutes 14 seconds - one of the fastest times ever recorded by a production SUV - this clearly underlines its performance credentials.

The SVR's range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce over 400kW and 680Nm. To help shift power, its advanced ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis, have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.

For the first time ever, the Range Rover Sport SVR is equipped with a two-stage active exhaust, featuring electronically controlled valves. The system optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics, while providing a race car - inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs.

Exterior design enhancements ensure the SVR makes a striking visual impact, while simultaneously boosting cooling and aerodynamic efficiencies. A bespoke interior featuring unique sports seats provides further visual differentiation and ensures occupants are held securely in place.

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 percent compared with its predecessor and provides the ideal strong, stiff and lightweight structure on which to create the Range Rover Sport SVR. 

SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel-drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, like pavements, because you’ll be crazy to take it off-road with those 22-inch wheels. The SVR has a 50/50 percent torque split front-to-rear. The upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights and the next generation ground-breaking Terrain Response 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.

So although this super fast and sporty SVR has the ability to venture off-road, we have no desire to take it there. However, what we would really like to do is to take this and the BMW X5 M to Zwartkops to see who the real boss is. 

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