The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nurburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.
This monster SUV is powered by an uprated version of the already potent 5.0 litre V8 supercharged outgoing car. The handling has also had some serious revision to cope with the demands of the Green Hell.
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 Land Rover showrooms in 2015.