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|Model||Range Rover Sport|
Range Rover Sport 5.0 S/C V8 575PS SVR Auto – Car pictured has optional 22″ Wheel upgrade and Privacy glass.
The Range Rover Sport SVR was the first car to emerge from JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, and while a 2.3-ton SUV might not have been a natural choice on which to demonstrate SVO’s abilities, it was certainly an impressive statement of intent.
Now there’s a new one, which enjoys a series of updates rolled out across the Range Rover Sport lineup, plus a few of its own besides – not least a power boost, some chassis revisions and a selection of visual alterations.
Engine, performance and 0-60mph time
As before the SVR uses JLR’s supercharged 5-litre V8, and in this application it develops identical power and torque figures to the Jaguar XJR 575 – 567bhp and 517lb ft of torque. For comparison, the previous SVR managed 542bhp and 502lb ft, so the increase is subtle, but welcome all the same.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and naturally, power is sent to all four wheels – 21-inch rims are standard, with a 22-inch design optionally available. Braking is by 380mm ventilated discs up front and 365mm ventilated discs astern.
In performance terms the upshot of the power boost is a couple of tenths shaved from the 0-60mph time, down to 4.3sec from 4.5 (taking 4.5sec to get to 62mph) and a generous top speed of 174mph.
SVO has adorned the SVR with a full carbonfibre bonnet as part of its latest round of improvements (available fully painted, as well as in the two-tone colourway pictured), and while no weight benefit is quoted directly, the latest SVR’s kerb weight, at 2310kg, does undercut its predecessor by 25kg, a clue to the SVO team’s search for weight savings elsewhere too (and possibly weight gains in a few areas) – the seats, for instance, are 30kg lighter than before.
Engineers have also altered the suspension settings, in particular the damping (SVRs use air springs, active dampers and active anti-roll bars at both ends) in order to control pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, while improvements in turn-in, body control and mid-corner grip are also claimed.
Inside, just as with the newly-refreshed full-size Range Rover (and derived from the Velar), all Range Rover Sport models now get the brand’s Touch Pro Duo pair of 10in touchscreens in the centre console. Instrumentation is now via a large 12in TFT screen, while a detailed, 10in head-up display is also standard.
What’s it like to drive?
Without driving new and old SVRs back to back it’s difficult to determine whether the SVO team’s tweaks have made a considerable difference to the way the car drives, but it remains impressively engaging for a car that weighs around twice as much as a Peugeot 208 GTi.
There’s a firmness to the SVR’s ride quality but it stops short of being uncomfortable, even with the SVR containing firmer sports seats than other Range Rover Sports. And the tradeoff is taut body control, which in turn benefits the surprisingly responsive steering, adding-up to a car that, if driven smoothly and on wide enough roads, can be bundled along at quite a pace.
Physics will win out eventually in a car of this size and weight, so as we found with the previous SVR, it’s best to be measured in your inputs. Accelerating, braking or steering harshly can induce unwanted body movements and begin to trouble the stability control, but driven smoothly you can really lean on the grip available and make the most of the thunderous pace on hand.
Ah yes, that engine. It’s loud and cacophonous, and when you’re sharing the roads with others it’s difficult not to feel like you’re a bit of a nuisance in your “Madagascar Orange” two-tonne SUV with an exhaust note like the Corvettes at Le Mans.
Conversely, if you don’t giggle like a schoolchild the first (or even the tenth) time you roar up and down the gears or lift-off to a fusillade of pops and bangs from the four oblong tailpipes, then you must have a heart of stone. It’s a car of contrasts, which makes it interesting, and that makes it worthwhile for us.
The way the SVR moves is quite remarkable too, and it does so with a great deal more theatre than its German rivals. SVO might have tweaked the dampers for less pitch but the nose still rises like the bow of a powerboat when you stand on the throttle and the steering still goes light in your hands. It’s rowdy, hilarious and exciting, and it’s hard to imagine such a car being socially acceptable much longer, so enjoy the unique thrill while it lasts. – Credit Evo Magazine.
- 12V power sockets
- 21" 5 split-spoke 'Style 5091' with Satin Polish finish
- 360° Parking Aid
- Acoustic laminated windscreen
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Adaptive Dynamics
- All Terrain Info Centre
- All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC)*
- Aluminium gearshift paddles
- Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
- Auto-Dimming Power Fold Heated Door Mirrors with Memory and Approach Lights
- Automatic Headlights
- Black Contrast Roof
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Bluetooth® Connectivity
- Brake Pre-Fill
- Clear Exit Monitor
- Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting
- Configurable Dynamics
- Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
- Digital Audio Broadcast Radio (DAB)
- Driver Condition Monitor
- Dynamic Response
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Ebony/Ebony with Ebony seats - Windsor Leather (Extended Leather Pack)
- ECO Mode
- Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
- Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
- Electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-trap
- Electrically Adjustable Steering Column
- Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
- Follow Me Home Lighting
- Front and Rear Cupholders
- Front and rear grab handles
- Front door storage space
- Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC)
- Gradient Release Control (GRC)
- Headlight power wash
- Heated Front and Rear Seats
- Heated Rear Window
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated Windscreen
- High-speed Emergency Braking
- Hill Descent Control (HDC)
- Hill Launch Assist
- Illuminated aluminium treadplates with Range Rover script
- InControl Apps
- Interactive driver display
- Lockable glovebox
- Locking fuel flap
- Locking Wheel Nuts
- Low Level Coolant Sensor
- Low traction launch
- Meridian™ Surround Sound System
- Navigation Pro
- Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL
- Powered Gesture Tailgate
- Premium carpet mats
- Privacy Glass
- Pro Services
- Rain sensing windscreen wipers
- Rear Fog Lights
- Rear Traffic Monitor
- Rear View Camera
- Red SV brake calipers
- Remote Premium
- Remote Premium 12V Power socket(s)
- Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- Roof Rack Mounting Provisions
- Secure Tracker
- Service Intervals Sensors
- Sliding Panoramic Roof
- Sports Suspension
- Sports Suspension with Dynamic Response
- Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
- SVR engine cover
- SVR leather steering wheel
- Terrain Response 2 with Dynamic Program
- Touch Pro Duo
- Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter
- Twin-speed transfer box (high/low range)
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Tyre Repair SystemT
- yre Repair System