Driving the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Fastest Range Rover Ever

Range Rover Sport SVR: specs and lap records

The SVR is, unsurprisingly, the fastest Land Rover ever and is the first fruits of the new Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team at Jaguar Land Rover. This department has been modeled upon the AMG go-faster division at Mercedes-Benz and will make high-performance and bespoke creations for the British manufacturing group.

SVO take one regular 5.0 V8 Range Rover Sport and do a series of upgrades to make sure the SVR wears the trousers to back up its aggressive-looking mouth.

Power swells by 40bhp and 41lb ft from the regular RRS and Land Rover has given the four-wheel drive chassis a thorough work-out to make sure it can keep up. So the ZF eight-speed automatic is recalibrated and new 22-inch alloys fitted with 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres are available as an upgrade over standard 21in all-seasons rubber.

And we suspect the Range Rover Sport SVR will sound fantastic; it’s the first Land Rover ever to be fitted with a switchable, two-stage active exhaust straight from the factory. Woofle or scream upon demand.

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The Range Rover Sport Supercharged comes standard with sumptuous leather interior trimmings and can have 20-way adjustable, massaging front seats and four-zone automatic climate control. The Autobiography model we tested, with its top-of-the-line, super-luxe interior treatment, had attractive aluminum trim and plenty of baubles. However, it failed to feel significantly more expensive or comfortable than the interior of any other Land Rover we’ve driven. Driver and front passenger enjoy acres of space to spread out in the Range Rover Sport, and second-row passengers will be comfortable even if they have slightly less space than those in the second row of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The optional third row should not be considered a realistic solution for families who frequently need to seat more than five. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged has less cargo space than many competitors, but it still offers enough storage for most every-day use. Cabin cubbies are ample, especially in the front row. In our testing, the Range Rover Sport held fewer carry-on suitcases than its key rivals, but the nine we fit behind the second row of seating (our test vehicle was not equipped with the optional third row) should be enough for most families.

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Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Sport Supercharged models offer a useful array of driver-assistance technologies, but lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are all optional. For drivers who prioritize those features, the cost is reasonable (at least in comparison with the already hefty base price). For more information about the Range Rover Sport’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking
  • Available lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

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