Autocar:New 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR released-As we all know, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest, most powerful Land Rover in the company’s history. The £93,450 model draws power from a 542bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8, which helps propel the SVR from 0-60mph in just 4.5sec and reach a top speed limited to 162mph.
This SVR, available to order from October after its debut at the Pebble Beach motoring event in California this weekend, is the work of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations unit, which is headed by former Land Rover boss John Edwards.
Actually, it is the latest in an increasing number of SUVs with supercar-baiting levels of power and performance, its rivals including the likes of the BMW X5 and X6, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, and Porsche Caynne Turbo S. The SVR’s supercharged V8 engine is also found in some of Jaguar’s most potent models, including the F-Type R coupe and XFR-S saloon.
As we heard, the 5000cc all-aluminium unit produces 501lb ft of torque. Despite the power and torque increases over its 503bhp application in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, economy and CO2 emissions remain unchanged at 22.1mpg and 299g/km respectively over the less powerful model. Moreover, drive is sent to all four wheels through a revised ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters or the gearstick.
Futhermore, the torque converter is tuned for 50 per cent quicker shifts, which Land Rover claims are “shorter, more visceral and audibly crisper” than in the gearbox’s standard application. Gearbox functions include the blipping of the throttle in high-speed downshifts.Autocar:New 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR released