Brian Joss –
Range Rover’s fastest and most powerful model yet, the Range Rover Sport SVR, is now available in South Africa. The first model to wear the SVR badge – destined for all future high-performance Jaguar and Land Rover models – made its debut at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, in May. Its impressive acceleration and thrilling V8 soundtrack wowed crowds, who were some of the first to witness its capabilities, said Land Rover. The Range Rover Sport SVR accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 260km/h. Last year it also lapped the world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Germany, where it set a lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds on the 20.8-kilometre-long circuit. This is one of the fastest times ever recorded by a production SUV and underlines its performance credentials.
The SVR’s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 405kW and 680Nm – substantial 29kW and 56Nm increases over the current range-topping V8 model – without compromising fuel economy. And its advanced ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
SVR is fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and a 50/50 per cent torque split, front-to-rear. The upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, and the next generation of the groundbreaking Terrain Response® 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is an eye-watering R1 865 200 without CO2 taxes of R20 725 ,and, says Land Rover fuel economy is 20.6 litres/100km (urban) 13.8 litres/100km (combined).