Pebble Beach debut for new Range Rover Sport SVR – the fastest ever

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 by

The Sport is set to make its global debut at Pebble Beach on 14th August .  The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models.

Range Rover Sport SVR front

The SVR accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, continues on to its electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h, and laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 8 minutes and 14 seconds.

The SVR’s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 543 horsepower and 680Nm – substantial 40 horsepower and 56Nm increases – without compromising fuel economy.  And its advanced ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.

Range Rover Sport SVR front

In a world first for Land Rover, 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 and provides a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”

Range Rover Sport SVR badge

SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and 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.

The Range Rover Sport SVR’s lightweight aluminium suspension is fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. Wheel-travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to deal with the toughest conditions.

Wade Sensing, introduced on the Range Rover Sport, also features on the SVR.  This innovative technology provides ‘depth’ information when driving through water, and in line with the mainstream Sport, the vehicle can wade up to 850mm.  It also has towing capability up to 3,000kg.

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