After many teasers, Land Rover has now officially unveiled the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR. The 2015 Range Rover SVR will make its debut at Pebble Beach on August 14th.
The high-performance model gets distinguishing elements such as a new front bumper with larger air intakes that feed two intercoolers. The model also receives a revised grille, distinctive front fender vents, muscular side skirts and 21-inch alloy wheels with Continental Cross Contact all-season tires. At the rear, the Range Rover Sport SVR gets a larger rear spoiler and a new rear bumper with a gloss black diffuser that is flanked by a four-tailpipe exhaust system.
The cabin is similar to the regular model but features front and rear sports seats that have two-tone Oxford leather upholstery with reflective piping and SVR badging. The model also boasts turned aluminum trim but carbon fiber trim is optional.
Powering the 2015 Range Rover SVR is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill that churns out 550 bhp (410 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque – 40 bhp (30 kW) and 41 lb-ft (55 Nm) more than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged. The engine is mated to a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system which enables the SVR model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds before hitting an electronically governed top speed of 162 mph (260.7 km/h). With this hardware setup, the model has already lapped the Nurburgring in 8 minutes 14 seconds.
In terms of performance, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR has a recalibrated Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential which “locks earlier and to an increased extent” to ensure torque is transferred to the rear wheel with most traction. The model also gets a center differential with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch and an improved Torque Vectoring system which constantly balances the distribution of engine torque during cornering. Other bits include Brembo brakes and an aluminum-intensive sports suspension with upgraded bushings, an improved Active-Roll Control system and a reprogrammed Adaptive Dynamics system – among other things.
Speaking ahead of its global premiere, John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover 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 Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will retail for $110,475 – excluding a $925 destination and delivery fee – in the United States.