We don’t need to tell you where the Nurburgring is and what it does to cars. What you will be surprised to know is that a 2.3 tonne, 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest production SUV around the Nordschleife, posting a time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds to complete a single lap of what is termed as the ”Green Hell”. That time is a second faster than BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe and about two seconds faster than a standard Honda NSX.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 550PS – a 40PS increase over the existing V8 Supercharged derivative. Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said:”The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”
Development of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever. This has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up. The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in showrooms in 2015.