Power for the Range Rover SVR comes from an evolution of the Jaguar XJR's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to generate 550 horsepower at 6,000 rpms and 502 lb-ft. of torque from 2,500 rpms to 5,500 rpms. The V8 sends all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled by either shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel or by using the gear lever. In Dynamic mode, the automatic gearbox's shift times have been reduced by about 50 percent compared to a standard Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
The blown V8 sends the 5,148-pound SVR from zero to 60 mph in a sports car-like 4.5 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 162 mph. Helped by a standard start/stop system, fuel economy checks in at 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in a combined cycle, figures that are on part with the standard V8-powered Range Rover Sport.
The engine upgrades are complemented by a thoroughly revised cross-linked air suspension setup with continuously variable shock absorbers. A variable-ratio, speed-sensitive electric power steering system helps the driver make the most of the V8's power.
Although it is designed primarily for the track, the SVR retains the legendary off-road capacity that has been associated with the Land Rover name for decades. The air suspension setup can be programmed to offer a generous 9.3 inches of ground clearance, while the SVR boasts 10.2 inches of wheel travel up front and 10.7 inches of travel out back. A two-speed transfer case helps the behemoth get over even the roughest terrain.
The SVR comes with an updated version of Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which optimizes the SUV for a variety of different off-roading and inclement weather situations.
Looking the Part
The SVR looks noticeably more aggressive than a standard Range Rover Sport. Up front, it gains a deep bumper with large air intakes used to channel air to two intercoolers, a new radiator grille and vents integrated into the fenders. Deep side skirts continue the look, while the rear end is fitted with a trunk-mounted spoiler and a new bumper that features quad exhaust pipes as well as a built-in air diffuser.
SVR-specific 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped by all-season Continental tires round out the major exterior updates.
The track-inspired treatment continues inside, where the SVR offers space for up to four passengers on bucket seats upholstered in plush Oxford leather. Fitted with a power-recline function, the rear bench can occasionally accommodate a fifth passenger on short trips or it can fold flat into the floor in order to clear up 62.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
Brushed aluminum trim adds a premium touch to the cabin, though buyers can order real carbon fiber trim at an extra cost.
The traditional analog instrument cluster has been replaced by a digital unit made up of a 12.3-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that is fully configurable. The center stack features an eight-inch high-resolution color touch screen that groups the 'ute's entertainment, connectivity and navigation functions into a single easy-to-use bundle that includes Bluetooth connectivity and a voice command function. The infotainment system can also be controlled by buttons and knobs.
The SVR can be ordered with Jaguar - Land Rover's InControl Apps, a smartphone integration software designed to work seamlessly with both Apple and Android devices. Passengers can access the bulk of their phone's features on the touch screen and use additional purpose-designed apps to book a hotel room, get parking information, check traffic and make conference calls.
The Range Rover SVR comes standard with Oxford leather upholstery available in four colors, a leather-upholstered steering wheel, pedals made out of stainless steel, premium floor mats, 14-way adjustable front seats, heated seats front and back, a sliding panoramic sunroof, a heated windshield, an 825-watt Meridian sound system with 19 speakers, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, a surround camera system and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The Range Rover Sport SVR comes standard with side, seat-front, thorax and pelvis airbags for both front passengers.
The Sport also comes with a host of electronic driving aids including Electronic Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Emergency Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control, Hill Descent Control, a Blind Spot Monitoring system and Roll Stability Control.