The most performance-focused Land Rover ever, the Range Rover Sport SVR, is now on sale in Australia, with pricing kicking off from $218,500 plus on-roads.
Its SVR-specification 5.0-litre supercharged V8 offers outputs of 405kW and 680Nm – some 30kW and 55Nm beyond the ‘regular’ force-induced eight-cylinder petrol engines adopted elsewhere in the Land Rover range. Combined cycle fuel consumption is said to be 12.8L/100km.
Power is plied through an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system offering both on-road performance and off-road duality. It’s claimed that the Range Rover Sport SVR is capable of 4.7-second 0-100km/h acceleration and a top speed of 260km/h.
With the ability to feed up to 100 per cent torque to either axle from a nominal 50:50 fore-aft split, the all-wheel-drive driveline is supplemented with an SVR-tuned active rear differential lock and Torque Vectoring by Braking to create what the British brand calls “the most dynamically focused Land Rover ever produced”.
The standard-fit air suspension includes Active Dynamics variable damping and Active Roll Control. Meanwhile, the electrically assisted power steering system is a variable-ratio, speed-sensitive design. The brake package is a six-piston Brembo system with 380mm-front and 360mm-rear discs.
Off-road capabilities are facilitated using dual-range reduction, switchable at speeds up to 60km/h between 1:1 and low-range 2.93:1 ratios, adjustable ride height range (between 50mm and 235mm) and, of six available drive modes, three that are dedicated for the beaten path: Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl. Wading depth (850mm) and wheel travel extensions are claimed to be best in class.
Revisions applied by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations include a suite of exterior enhancements including revised front and rear fascias, enlarged wheel arches and a unique standard-fit 21-inch wheel design with 275/45 rubber (22-inch wheels with 295/40 tyres are optional).
Seven exterior colours are available, including the SVR exclusive Estoril Blue – all of which are available with a Santorini Black roof finish.
Key interior changes include 16-way electrically adjustable front sports seats and matching adjustable rear ‘buckets’ for a four-seater look (though one with five-seat capability). Maximum luggage capacity is 1761 litres with the 60:40 split-fold rear seats stowed.
The Sport range’s widely adopted 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system integrates voice controllable navigation, while 19-speaker 825-watt Meridian surround sound comes standard.
Supplementary to the usual driver assist and safety systems are emergency brake assist, cornering brake control, hill descent control, gradient acceleration/release control systems and roll stability control.
Read our Range Rover Sport SVR review here.