Land Rover Showcases 550 Horsepower Range Rover SVR

Following a brief camo filled tease at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Land Rover has taken the veil off the full production version of the Range Rover SVR which aims to be the most powerful and track ready Land Rover model the company has ever built after it makes its official debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next week.

The exterior styling of the SVR is derived from the base Range Rover Sport, but the engineers at the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO) have amped up the SVR’s aggression factor starting RRS_15SVR_EXT_LOC13_21_INCH_WHEELwith a deeper front fascia that now boasts beefy fender mounted air intakes to increase air flow to the twin intercoolers that live in the engine bay. Other styling tweaks include model exclusive fender vents, revised side skirts, and a revamped rear bumper that now features a built in air diffuser as well as a set of quad exhaust tips. Rounding out the exterior changes are model exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, and all-season Continental tires which allow the SVR to be usable both on and off the track. Overall it is a decent package though the oddly shaped grille does detract the eye to a degree.

The interior of the SVR also borrows many cues from the Range Rover Sport, but amid the plush and opulent clothes, SVO engineers also made revisions to prep the cabin for track duty. The model exclusive sport seats for example are upholstered iRRS_15SVR_INT_LOC02n high quality Oxford leather, however they have been reworked to provide more support which should be welcome for occupants when they take the big Rover through sharp turns. In addition, buyers can also choose from either standard aluminum trim or optional carbon fiber trim for a more race ready appearance. Luxury has not been completely erased though especially for rear seat occupants thanks to a new power recline feature for the rear bench that aides in enhancing comfort while also adding 62.2 cubic feet of cargo room when it is folded completely flat.

Performance for the SVR confirms our initial suspicions, and is derived from a tweaked version of the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that also see’s duty in the Jaguar XJR performance sedan. Good for a solid 550 horsepower and an equally potent 502 lb-ft of torque, all of this raw power is routed to all four wheels through a beefed up ZF sourced eight speed transmission which allow the SVR to make the sprint to 62 mph in a blistering 4.5 seconds before reaching a final top speed of 162 mph. These figures help it chug ahead of the ML63 AMG while it virtually ties the previous generation BMW X5 M. The Porsche Cayenne however is still the speed king thanks to its 4.1 second 0 to 60 time and 173 mph top speed.

These figures are impressive, but they pale in comparison to the SVR’s biggest claim to fame, and that’s its 8 minute and 14 second track time on the formidable and notoriously tricky Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany. This lap time is quicker than those achieved by some sports cars (a commendable achievement for an SUV), and it is RRS_15SVR_P_EXT_LOC06even lower than the limited production BMW 1M sports car a vehicle that is much lighter and smaller than the bulkier but brawnier Land Rover. Purists concerned that the SVR has abandoned the company’s off road inspired heritage for the sake of speed and conquering hair pin turns, will be pleased to hear that it is still capable of hitting trails when it is not ripping up lap times. This is mainly due to Land Rover’s familiar Terrain Response 2 system which is standard on all SVRs. The system allows the driver to choose from several different settings to suit different terrain and driving situations and allows the SVR to effectively moonlight as a rugged billy goat that can also ford 33.5 inches of water when the sport tuned air suspension is raised all the way up.

Look for the Land Rover Range Rover SVR to make its formal debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this week, with sales expected to begin at Land Rover showrooms shortly afterward. Pricing for the SVR will begin at $110,475 before options and fees are factored in. While this is a lofty sum it does trump the $113,600 base price of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and expect fully loaded SVR’s to also have a similar price advantage as well. In the meantime Land Rover has released a brief video of the SVR in action which can be seen below.