Video – Watch the Range Rover Sport SVR scorch a wet Silverstone track
Aravind Jayachandran, It goes without saying that I'm a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring with a lap time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds.
To prove that the Range Rover Sport SVR is Land Rover’s fastest and the most dynamically focused SUV ever built, the company has released a new video of the super SUV attacking the Silverstone track under very wet conditions.
[Head to Youtube if you can’t watch the video.]
Rivaling other high performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the first product to be developed under the recently established Special Operations division that is similar in some functions to BMW’s M division and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG.
The Range Rover Sport SVR features an aggressive exterior body kit that includes a quad exhaust system and 21-inch wheels to complement its sporty characteristics. Inside, Land Rover hasn’t compromised on the luxury standards of a Range Rover in the quest for better performance figures; it will feature two-tone leather sport seats at the front and rear with SVR badging and reflective piping.
Under the hood, the SVR comes with certain performance oriented upgrades over the top-end 510 PS (502.8 bhp) supercharged variant: output of the 5.0-liter V8 Supercharged engine is increased to 550 PS (542.2 bhp) and 680 Nm, and is mated to the same 8-speed ZF gearbox but with revised shifting times. Thanks to the immense power, the Sport SVR can sprint from 0-100 km/h in a sports-car rivaling 4.7-seconds and, with the foot on the floor, reaches a limited track top speed of 259.2km/h.
Armed with new upgrades both outside and under the hood, the Range Rover Sport managed to clinch the record for the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring, securing a lap-time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds.
The Range Rover Sport SVR will debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach, and will soon arrive at showrooms with a beefy price tag of $110,475 (INR 67.8 lakhs). It remains to be seen whether JLR will launch the performance SUV in India.
Competitors: Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Mercedes ML 63 AMG
Launch Date: Today (August 14)