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2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

A 518-horse modernist inspired by the Camel Trophy & G4 Challenge

Land Rover has finally debuted its concept of what the hard-core off-road Discovery SVX will be when it enters production in 2018. The long-rumored SVX version of the new Disco is the latest creation from Land Rover’s in-house skunkworks and customizer, Special Vehicle Operations, otherwise known as SVO. Designed to handle even worse terrain than a standard Discovery, the SVX boasts an upgraded suspension with more flex and ride height, restyled bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, exposed tow hooks, and even a recovery winch mounted in the rear bumper. Naturally, the interior is given a flair of outdoorsy extremism.

The Discovery SVX project takes inspiration from the classic Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, which used to pit man and machine against incredible odds in extended cross-country driving through remote areas with basically no roads. While both off-road events have been dead since 2000 and 2008, respectively, Land Rover has tried to infuse that adventurous spirit into the Discovery SVX. Perhaps one day we’ll see Land Rover organize another G4 Challenge, but until then, let’s check out its new Discovery SVX.

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Range Rover Sport SVR Testes 0-to-62 MPH on Six Surfaces!

Range Rover Sport SVR Testes 0-to-62 MPH on Six Surfaces!

Acceleration Times on pavement are great, but what about gravel, snow, and mud?

Land Rover has built its empire with vehicles claiming excellent off-road abilities. More recently, it has built SUV just at home on a road course as the African safari. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is the highest form of this on-road/off-road combination thanks to its supercharged V-8, advanced full-time 4WD system, air suspension, and high-performance pedigree. Now the automaker has set out to prove the SVR’s capacities.

Hitting 60 mph from a standstill has been the quintessential evaluation mark of a vehicle’s performance for nearly 100 years. Most vehicles have gotten pretty darn good at it, thanks to the advancement in tire technology, traction control, fast-shifting automatic and dual-clutch transmissions, and outlandish power levels coming from forced-induction engines. The 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR will hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds thanks to its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, AWD system, and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Range Rover Sport SVR shares the Jaguar’s engine and transmission, but with some minor tweaks to the engine management software. The all-aluminum mill kicks out an impressive 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque – enough to send this 5,495-pound SUV flying to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds! Of course, the Brits use kilometers, so the goal speed translates 100 kph, or 62 mph. The extra two miles per hour only add a tenth of a second, meaning a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds.

But the Range Rover Sport SVR is a Range Rover, for crying out loud! How does it perform in less-than-ideal circumstances? To find out, Range Rove put its fastest model on five terrains other than smooth, dry asphalt. Those terrains also coordinate perfectly with the Range Rover’s Terrain Response 2 full-time 4WD system, allowing the Range Rover to strut its stuff. The modes tested include Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud, and Sand.

Keep reading for the results of this unconventional 0-to-62 mph testing.

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Jaguar Land Rover Considers "SV" Badged Models Placed Under the SVR

Jaguar Land Rover Considers "SV" Badged Models Placed Under the SVR

There has been a pretty good response to Mercedes’ AMG Sport lineup, BMW’s M Performance line, and Audi’s S-Line. What sets these models apart is that they hover between their respective base models and their all-out performance siblings. Jaguar Land Rover has taken note of the interest that these models have drummed up, and is starting to consider its own `tweener performance models.

According to a report from Motoring.com.au, JLR will give its customers who can’t swing a full SVR, a slightly less insane SV model. Like the SVR models, the SV models will still be touched by the folks at SVO, but with a little less power and less of a hit on the old wallet.

To date, the only full-SVR model is the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, but rumor has it that a 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR and a 2016 Jaguar XE SVR will soon follow. Chances are that these three models will also be the first to receive the SV treatment.

There is no timeframe for the release of these SV-badged vehicles, but with the lone SVR model on a six-month waiting list, Jaguar will likely look to cash in on this popularity sooner rather than later. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the first SV-badged vehicle making its debut within the next 12 to 15 months.

Let us know what you think of this possible expansion in the comments below. Is JLR biting off more than it can chew, or is it finally primed to give the German heavy hitters a run for their money?

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 First Spectre TV spot: Video

First Spectre TV spot: Video

James Bond movies are never short on automotive eye candy, but Spectre looks like it’s going to be pretty special. In this new trailer, we get our closest look yet at the epic chase scene through Rome between Bond in a Q branch-prepped 2015 Aston Martin DB10 and villain Mr. Hinx in a 2010 Jaguar C-X75 supercar. Bond’s DB10 appears to have been fitted with some aft-facing flamethrowers, which are probably great for discouraging tailgaters, but we’re sure the Jag has some tricks of its own.

We also get a glimpse of a second massive action sequence featuring the specially prepped 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender “Big Foot” sliding through the snow, as wall as a plane ride looks like it didn’t end so well.

Unlike the Range Rover duo, you’ll never be able to buy either car featured in the Rome chase scene. The Aston Martin DB10 was built exclusively for Spectre, but it should give us pretty good idea of what the forth-coming 2017 DB9 replacement will look like. The C-X75 debuted in 2010 as Jaguar’s newest halo supercar, but never made it to production. It uses a high-revving, 500-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates power for the electric motors mounted at each wheel.

Spectre appears to pick up right where Skyfall left off. The first shot of the trailer shows MI6 headquarters, which is still in ruins following the bombing in the last movie. Bond is also given some items recovered from the Skyfall operation that will likely reveal some sensitive new information about his personal life.

Spectre hits theaters in November of this year.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

Land Rover is delivering a more powerful version of Range Rover Sport to the 2015 New York Auto Show, complete with upgraded bodywork and interior trim that’s unique to the new trim. More importantly, the new Range Rover Sport HST comes with 40 more horsepower from its tweaked 3.0-liter supercharged V-6.

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Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant

Jaguar Land Rover Considering U.S. Plant

Ford and what is now known as Jaguar Land Rover parted ways back in 2008, but it looks like the 2015 Ford F-150 could help open the door to more success for the British automaker here in the U.S. According to Automotive News, JLR CEO Ralf Speth said that JLR is looking to open a production facility here in the U.S., and the F-150’s heavy use of aluminum is expected to improve the supply and quality of the lightweight metal produced domestically. Most Jaguar and Land Rover models extensively use aluminum for chassis and body components.

This facility would likely produce between 30,000 and 40,000 units annually, and production would be for the local market rather than export. With that in mind, it makes sense that Speth confirmed that a U.S.-built Jaguar or Land Rover would be a “premium crossover.” There’s been a lot of news out of the JLR camp in regards to such utility vehicles, including the 2016 Discovery Sport, an upcoming convertible version of the Evoque and even Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, the F-Pace.

While Speth did not indicate where JLR is looking to build its new facility, the article suggested that Georgia – the state that recently landed the new North American headquarters of Mercedes-Benz – is currently a frontrunner.

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Jaguar Land Rover SVO Division Could Build Stand-Alone Models

Jaguar Land Rover SVO Division Could Build Stand-Alone Models

Founded in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division is already responsible for two of the most powerful vehicles to wear the Jaguar and Range Rover badges. I’m talking about the limited-edition Jaguar F-Type Project 7, a 567-horsepower tribute to the company’s glorious Le Mans past, and the Range Rover Sport SVR, a 542-horsepower SUV that’s quicker than a base Porsche 911. We already know there are more SVR vehicles underway, but it seems Special Vehicle Operations is now considering creating distinct cars instead of just modifying existing JLR products.

"We’re certainly looking at that, and we’ve got the capability to do that. Is there an opportunity for us to do a completely stand-alone car? Maybe," John Edwards, head of Special Vehicle Operations, told Bloomberg. Although Edwards stopped short of revealing actual details about the company’s plans, the report claims Jaguar could be following in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz, which commissioned its AMG brand to build the SLS AMG and Mercedes-AMG GT as stand-alone, high-performance sports cars.

Production of the SLS AMG ended in 2014 after a five-year run, while the AMG GT made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The new sports car is due to arrive in U.S. showrooms for the 2016 model year.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SVR

Though Land Rover executives say it won’t happen, it’s hard not to dream about an SVR version of the Range Rover Evoque.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 034 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 034 LIVE

Well that was our show! We hope you guys enjoyed tuning in and checking it out. We will be back next week for another car-filled podcast extravaganza. If you didn’t happen to catch the show live, you sure missed a lot, but thankfully you can press that play button and watch it back, or listen to the audio feed below.

We started out the show with Weekly Wheels where we talk about the cars we have been driving lately. We cover the new Acura TLX, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Range Rover LWB Autobiography. We have quite a lot to say about all of them, especially the fast one.

For news we had a ton of stuff to cover starting with the official announcement that the US version of the new Mazda Miata will indeed be powered by the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine. After that we jump straight into the biggest news of the week, the spin-off of Ferrari from parent company Fiat. We also find time to talk about the new Audi A8, the newest version of the R8, a Fiat 500 that is going to SEMA, updates to the current GT-R and Subaru’s teased Forester STI. Oh, we also cover rumors about the upcoming BMW M2’s engine and our best look yet at the Ferrari LaFerrari XX.

We wrap up the show with our signature Own, Drive, Burn segment that sees us deciding between three of the most expensive and luxurious cars on the market; the Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the Rolls Royce Ghost and the new Aston Martin Lagonda.

We didn’t have a Questions and Answers segment this week because we didn’t have any questions from you guys. If you have a question that you want answered on next week’s show, just drop us a comment below. You can also ask us questions on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com. As always if you want to chat with one of the three of us directly, you can reach us on Twitter. I am @Moeferd, Mark is @MarkMcNabb and Justin is @TheCarJunkie.

Have a safe and fun weekend, but please stay safe and we will see you all next week.

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover LWB SVR

2015 Land Rover Range Rover LWB SVR

Land Rover introduced the Range Rover nameplate in 1970 as a luxury alternative to its already popular Series I SUV. The first-generation model soldiered on unchanged for more than two decades before being replaced by a completely redesigned model. The third-generation arrived in 2002 and saw the Range Rover move further up-market, with even more luxury and more powerful engines at its disposal. 2012 brought the fourth-gen SUV onto the market and yet another significant leap forward with state-of-the-art technology and a lightweight platform. Praised for its sumptuous cabin and capable drivetrains, the new Range Rover received a long-wheelbase version for 2014, providing more room than any other SUV in its segment. As we venture into 2015, Land Rover is apparently ready to take things up a notch and dress the Range Rover LWB in an SVR suit and send it to the Nurburgring track.

The purpose behind this move is obvious. Now that the Range Rover Sport SVR has presented its menacing looks and beefed-up engine to the world, Land Rover wants its newly established high-performance division to give the long-wheelbase SUV a similar makeover. It may sound ludicrous, but would you say no to a vehicle that comes with a tremendous amount of luxury features, seemingly infinite legroom and a 542-horsepower mill under the hood?

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover LWB SVR.

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Production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport Begins

Production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport Begins

Land Rover’s all-new Discovery Sport is now officially in production as the first example rolled off the assembly line in Halewood, UK. The 2016 Discovery Sport represents a departure from Land Rover’s typical style, taking after the brand’s highly successful Range Rover line’s Range Rover Sport.

The new 5+2 compact SUV also marks the beginning of Land Rover’s sub-branding of models, much like what it’s done with Range Rover. Land Rover’s expanding lineup is part of parent company Jaguar Land Rover’s initiative to grow corporate sales of 750,000 units annually by 2020.

The first Disco Sport was received by Stephen Attenborough, the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic. The Discovery Sport will be used by the pioneering spaceflight company to support its operations in the UK. The Discovery Sport is the latest vehicle in Virgin Galactic’s growing fleet of Land Rover products that are part of an ongoing partnership between Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Galactic.

Another Discovery Sport will soon make its way to the U.S. where it will debut the vehicle’s launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014. The Discovery Sport will then likely go on sale in the fall of 2015, just in time for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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Land Rover Considers More Powerful Discovery Sport

Land Rover Considers More Powerful Discovery Sport

You can never have too much of a good thing, and I think we would all agree that faster and sportier cars fall into that category. Hot off the unveil of the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport, we have news that JLR is looking to maybe make an even more aggressive model. In a piece posted up by the fine folks at CarAdvice, Land Rover’s director of programs Murray Dietsch is being quoted as saying the Disco Sport is not an “outwardly sporty vehicle," and that he would “like to [do] one.”

That is a promising statement indeed, but things get even wackier. Rather than dumping a massive V-8 under the hood like it did for the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover may opt for a high-power diesel engine like Audi uses in the SQ5. Dietsch chimed in again with “We’ve got sporty derivatives of other vehicles in Europe that have got higher output engines that are diesel, so it would be horses for courses I think.”

To round out this pile of awesome news, it seems the Range Rover and Disco Sport models won’t be the only machines getting the “go-faster” treatment. There are plans in the works to make a high-end version of every model in the family portfolio. Think about how Mercedes uses its AMG division.

I think this sounds like a great plan.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 026

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 026

Well that was a wild and exciting Podcast. As always, we want to send a super special thanks to everyone who tuned in live, and to everyone who gave us questions to answer. If you didn’t happen to catch the live show, let me inform you of what you have waiting for you after you click that play button.

We start the show off in the usual manner with the Weekly Wheels segment where Mark talks about how good the Scion FR-S is, even though it had an automatic transmission. I then proceed to tell him he is incorrect, and then we move on to talking about my time with the long wheelbase Range Rover. Spoiler: it’s like driving a house made of $100 bills.

We had a pretty busy news week and so there was a lot to cover. We move from the Range Rover straight into Mark’s choice for the five best off-road machines, talk about a worthless BMW that someone tried to sell for $18k and we even talk about the new pointless Mercedes SUV… sort of.

In other car news, we cover the shiny new Volvo XC90, the upcoming Focus RS rumors and the potential for a Ford Mustang with a 10-speed transmission. You know, like a mountain bike.

We finish the show with a fairly lengthy Q&A followed by our signature Own, Drive, Burn. For the viewer questions we discuss when the new NSX might finally arrive, what our current dream long term test car may be, the potential future of the Mazdaspeed3 and whether it is a good idea to buy a nice used car or a cheaper new one. For Own, Drive, Burn we decide between three legendary classic Hot Hatches.

The show did run a little long, but since it was the six month anniversary of our first podcast, we figured you guys wouldn’t care too much.

A quick parting note to all our US viewers. This is a crazy holiday weekend, and traditionally there are lots of incidents involving motorized things and the use of alcohol. We want you back next week, so don’t do anything stupid like drink and drive.

Don’t forget to drop your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for next week’s show in the comments below.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Jaguar Land Rover Launches Special Operations Division

Jaguar Land Rover Launches Special Operations Division

Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.

Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.

Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.

The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”

The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

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From Pauper to Prince: A Look at Jaguar's Record-Setting Sales

From Pauper to Prince: A Look at Jaguar’s Record-Setting Sales

Lots of companies had a successful 2013, but Jaguar and Land Rover had one of the best. In the U.S. alone Jaguar saw sales jump by 41-percent, making it the fastest growing brand in the States this year. Land Rover also had a great showing this year with a 14.5-percent gain over 2012.

Together, these two brands brought in 66,962 sales in the U.S. Worldwide, the Jaguar Land Rover group was able to move 425,006 vehicles, a 19-percent jump over last year’s performance. The company set new sales records in 38 markets. Worldwide, Jaguar actually beat its U.S. growth at 42-percent, for a total of 76,668 cars sold.

2013 has been a record sales year for almost every major brand, but Jaguar is the only brand among its competitors to see growth above 25-percent. What is Jaguar doing right to make such an amazing leap in the market, and how is this success helping Land Rover?

Click past the jump to read all about how Jaguar made this awesome leap.

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Tata considering joint engine development with Jaguar Land Rover

Tata considering joint engine development with Jaguar Land Rover

It’s been about three years since Tata bought Jaguar and Land Roverfrom one of America’s big top three - Ford - and now the company is thinking of taking the last few necessary steps to completely cut ties with the former owner. A new Tata annual report has been released stating that the company is considering a joint engine-development program with its Jaguar Land Rover unit. If pushed through, the new engine could cement the two brands’ independence from Ford.

"To optimize the synergistic strengths between JLR and Tata Motors in India, an examination is also under way on a joint engine development program which would have manufacturing facilities both in the U.K. and India," Ratan Tata said in a recent interview.

These new engines will be a big step for the Indian company, who are beginning to pick up speed with models like the Range Rover Evoque and the new Jaguar XK and XF. Our concern will be for future models which will need adequate engines to obtain proper performance numbers matching that of the Ford-built engines. Whether or not Tata has the ability to pull something like this off is still up in the air.

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TopSpeed's 10 Most Expensive Cars To Buy For 2010

TopSpeed’s 10 Most Expensive Cars To Buy For 2010

Some people are willing to pay a pretty penny for luxury. Just look at the price of a first growth French Bordeaux or a tin of Beluga Caviar. These objects are for the rich, the very rich, and to go along with their high-end eats they need high-end vehicles.

We all know that the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive car in the world, along with its many different variations, so we aren’t just going to do a list of the Bugatti’s, even though it sure would be easy.

Most of these machines are extremely high performance and they aren’t the sort of machines you will see hanging around the local Wal-Mart. In fact, many won’t see BMW’s around Wal-Mart, but that’s beside the point.

Years ago, we reported the top ten most expensive cars in the world as created by Forbes Auto. Well that list detailed how expensive these cars are to own, but we have always held the notion that if you afford these sorts of machines, you can afford to service them and if not, you need an accountant.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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2010 Range Rover Sport

2010 Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is getting a makeover for 2010. Where Land Rover has to be careful when touching up the evergreen Range Rover, it gets to go wild (in a very British way) for the Range Rover Sport.

Outside the lines have been smoothed out, and the front had been given a more protruding bumper. The front also features new LED headlamps and a new two-bar grille. The interior has also been redesigned with higher quality materials and soft-touch finishes.

Just like the 2010 Range Rover, Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V8 is making a new home in the SUV. The Sport gets the same 375 hp and 510 hp supercharged upgrade as its bigger brother. This is a 75 hp and 120 hp (respectively) upgrade in this lineup. The naturally aspired version makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.2 seconds, and the supercharged version in 5.9 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

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