Land Rover India launched their flagship track oriented SUV with exceptional capabilities of going off-road, Range Rover Sport SVR in India at 2.12 Crore.
Propelling the Range Rover Sport SVR is the same engine that roars under the bonnet of the F-type R Coupe, a 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with 542bhp of peak power and 680Nm of crazy torque. 0-100 comes in a blazing quick 4.5 seconds while the top speed is an electronically limited 261kph. A performance-focused chassis enabled the SVR to complete a lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 8 minutes 14 seconds which is simply phenomenal for an SUV of this proportions and faster than the Lexus IS-F, original Honda NSX and as quick as a Merc C63 AMG.
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 gear selector. The SVR uses a two-stage active exhaust with electronically controlled valves, creating a “racecar-like soundtrack”, according to Land Rover.
There’s a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new grille finish, flared wheel arches, a new rear bumper with integrated diffuser and quad exhaust pipes, and a rear spoiler. SVR’s cornering ability is increased with an Active Roll Control system, which replaces anti-roll bars with a hydraulic pump on each axle to control body roll and allow the car to “deliver a progressive breakaway on the limit”. Fitted as standard to the SVR are 21-inch alloys shod with 275/45 tires. Optional are 22-inch alloys equipped with 295/40 tires. The car runs on 4WD at all times, with a centre differential and two speed transfer case.
It is the latest in an increasing number of SUVs with supercar levels of power and performance, its rivals including the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and the BMW X5 M and X6 M.