The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR showed its face at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed last month and already made a buzz. Land Rover wants to take things even further and make drivers want to buy their upcoming vehicle and announced today that the Range Rover Sport SVR became the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring.
According to the official press release, the SUV lapped the well-known German racetrack in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. In order to make an idea of how fast it is, you have to know that the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around Nurburgring is the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which lapped the racetrack in 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that generates 550 hp. Same engine is used by all high-performance offerings from Jaguar.
Land Rover etched a new record in the famed Nürburgring after the Range Rover Sport SVR set the fastest lap time for a production SUV at the 13-mile 70-plus-corner Nordschleife circuit.
Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations team was placed in charge of the development of the Range Rover Sport SVR, targeting to build the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever. Team managed to achieve that goal even without compromising the Range Rover Sport SVR’s all-terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort.
To achieve the feat, the Range Rover Sport SVR was equipped with a twin-speed transfer case for a selection of high and low gear ratios as well as the same 850mm wading depth as other variants of the Range Rover Sport.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, remarked that the Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, noting that cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its entire course. Cross said that they wanted to test whether an SUV could work like a performance car in Nürburgring.
He added that the results of the test are “spectacular,” remarking that Range Rover Sport SVR showed outstanding on-road performance capabilities. Land Rover will start sales of the Range Rover Sport SVR in 2015.
As expected of a creation by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, the Range Rover Sport SVR delivers a strong and confident visual statement. Its front bumper is provided with muscular trapezoidal air intakes that allow more air to flow into the intercoolers to cool down the powerful engine as well as direct cooling air for the six-piston Brembo brakes. When the driver wants to go into some off-road adventures, the lower section of the deeper front bumper could be removed.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is provided with a new grille in a dark finish as flanked by headlights with LED signature lighting. The clamshell hood – featuring revised vents – has a dark Range Rover script. The all-new fender comes with a uniquely designed vent as well as distinct side moldings.
On the other hand, a prominent Range Rover Sport SVR badging is found on the rear end of the vehicle, and so is a high-mounted spoiler designed to reduce aerodynamic lift, as carefully balanced with the new front bumper. The rear bumper, meanwhile, sports a gloss black diffuser that features quad exhaust pipes. Just beneath the front bumper is a new NVH comb that helps reduce wind noise while reducing front-end aerodynamic lift. The exterior of the new Range Rover Sport SVR features a black-detailed trim as well as headlights with black casings,
On the other hand, the interior of the Range Rover Sport SVR is provided with 14-way power leather sports seats designed to offer extra lateral support. On the rear cabin, the redesigned seats echo the styling of the front seats, thereby giving the Range Rover Sport SVR a sporty four-seat appearance.