2015 Range Rover Sport SVR Driven Hard: Video
Let’s say you’ve got $55,000 to spend on a proper SUV for the family – one that can traverse mud and ruts, snowy hill climbs, and deep water crossings. But you’re also wanting a weekend toy that will lap the Nürburgring in a touch over eight minutes and you have an equal amount of money to plop down. What do you buy?
You stack your money and buy this: the $110,000 Range Rover Sport SVR. Amazingly the Range Rover Sport SVR can fulfill both roles and does a surprisingly good job at both. Just watch the video above to get an idea.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover’s Managing Director of its new Special Vehicle Operations says, “We talk about the breadth of capability a Land Rover and a Range Rover,” in regards to its divers resume of abilities. Edwards continues saying, “The anchor of its off-road capability stays where it is, and this (the SVR) pushes that breadth.”
As you’ve likely already read from our full review of the Range Rover Sport SVR, the machine comes powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 as the standard Range Rover, but with a few extra horsepower. Now totaling 542 brake horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, the AWD SVR can hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That’s incredible considering it weights 5,148 pounds.
Thanks to some suspension upgrades, the tall Range Rover also handles like a sports car. Its bespoke tires wrapped around 22-inch wheels also help tighten the ride. And in regards to its sound, Drive hose Steve Sutcliffe says it best: “The engineers at Range Rover recon that this engine sounds considerably naughtier that it does in the F-Type Coupe R… and more to the point, they’re not bullsh*ting.”