Range Rover Sports SVR makes global debut in US
Manama, August 14, 2014
The Range Rover Sport SVR has made its global debut at Pebble Beach, California today (August 14).
It is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models, said a statement.
The model accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds, it said. The top speed has been electronically limited to 162mph and a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of eight minutes 14 seconds – one of the fastest times ever recorded by a production SUV – underline its performance credentials, it said.
It boasts a range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been developed to produce 550PS and 680Nm – substantial 40PS and 56Nm increases -without compromising fuel economy. Its advanced ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
It has been equipped with a two-stage active exhaust featuring electronically controlled valves, with a system that optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics and provides a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving.
Meanwhile, the model’s 22-inch alloy wheels complements the driver-focused chassis and as standard, new 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer all-terrain capability.
John Edwards, managing director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. It’s exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.
“A thorough range of revisions specially developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations combine to make this premium derivative even more distinctive both inside and out, as well as taking its dynamic capabilities to the next level without impacting on comfort, refinement or all-terrain versatility.”
The SVR has been fitted with permanent four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, with a low-range option for demanding terrain, and a 50/50 per cent torque split front-to-rear. The upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, and the next generation Terrain Response 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme, said the statement.
The model has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team and all SVR models need to meet key performance criteria to wear the SVR badge, it added. - TradeArabia News Service