Recording a time of eight minutes 14 seconds, it was the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver, testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.
The new SVR, which made its dynamic début at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in June, returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 405kW of power.
The handling characteristics of the SVR have been honed on the demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife, because the undulating circuit’s challenging layout represents the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.
Mike Cross, chief engineer, vehicle integrity, said: “The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 21 kilometres and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”
Development of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s special vehicle operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport – ever! This was achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.
The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in Land Rover showrooms in 2015.