Range Rover Sport SVR-12

After endless teasing, showing a camouflaged prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and setting a lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Range Rover Sport SVR has finally been revealed ahead of its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend.

The second car to come out of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – after the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 – this RRS is the first model in the group to feature the new SVR badge that will adorn future high-performance Land Rover and Jaguar models.

On the outside, there is a deep front air dam, distinctive B-shaped fender vents, side skirts and a large rear diffuser design with quad exhaust outlets. 21-inch wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres come as standard, while 22-inch wheels with 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 performance tyres are optional extras. The interior, meanwhile, is differentiated by sporty bucket seats front and rear.

Under the bonnet is an uprated version of the AJ-V8 Gen III 5.0 litre supercharged V8, the same one that’s in the Jaguar XKR-S, XFR-S, XJR and F-Type R. The mill produces 550 PS and 680 Nm, 40 PS and 56 Nm more than the regular Range Rover Sport Supercharged. This power is channeled through the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission to a permanent four-wheel drive system.

The SVR sprints to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds before reaching its electronically-limited top speed of 260 km/h. This makes it the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever built. A performance-focused chassis enabled the car to complete a lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8 minutes 14 seconds, a record for an SUV around the Green Hell.

Despite the performance credentials, the Range Rover Sport SVR is still a Land Rover, and has to be able to make its mark off-road. To that end, it is fitted with a two-speed transfer case with low range, an uprated air suspension system with two ride heights, as well as the Terrain Response 2 system.

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Wheel travel is a class-leading 260 mm in front and 272 mm at the rear, providing wheel articulation of up to 546 mm. Like the regular RRS, the SVR can also wade to waters up to 850 mm in depth, and is also available with Wade Sensing that measures the depth of the water, just like its poorer siblings. The towing capacity is rated at 3,000 kg.

Prices for the Range Rover Sport SVR in the UK will start from £93,450 (RM501,000). The order books are open from October onwards, with deliveries expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.