You wouldn’t know it just from looking, but Land Rover displayed its most exciting model ever today at The Quail during the Monterrey Car Week.
Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 making 550 hp, the Range Rover Sport SVR isn’t your ordinary British luxury SUV (as if the term ordinary applies to them in the first place). Instead, it can run from 0-60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and makes a heck of a noise while doing it. The company claims a top speed of 162 MPH, putting it in line with the old BMW X5 M, but behind the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
It uses an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission tuned specifically for this application that offers – according to Land Rover – gear changes in half the time of what a regular Range Rover Sport would take to move from, say, second to third gear. A two-speed transfer case is standard on the high-performance SUV and capable of directing 100 percent of the power to either axle if need be.
You can expect to spend $110,475 including delivery on one and for that price you also get a special cabin with sport seats in the front and rear. Carbon fiber inlays also help set the cabin apart. Despite lapping the Nurburgring in eight minutes and 14 seconds, which is quick enough to make some supercars start to sweat, it’s also meant to be able to perform other duties you would expect from a Land Rover product. For example, it comes with a wade-sensing feature that will let its driver know how deep a stream or pool of water is ahead of time.
Of course, you might want more appropriate tires for that sort of stuff because the SVR model also comes on 22-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. While it might technically be off-road capable like other products from the brand, the two-stage active exhaust probably won’t leave you with any doubt that it is meant to be a performance machine living on pavement.
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