Land Rover Confirms Range Rover Sport SVR

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Land Rover has confirmed the ultra-performance Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in North America’s 2015 lineup. Pricing will start at $110, 475 in the US, and $124,990 in Canada.

Power will come from an over-boosted version of the 5.0liter supercharged V8 making 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Land Rover ever. Paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic, the SVR will be capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and climb to a top speed of 162 mph.

The ZF 8HP70 gearbox will bypass the torque converter for second through eighth gear for a smooth takeoff but solid, direct shifts. The SVR will still employ a two-speed transfer case, retaining a low range. Torque will be split 50/50 between the front and the rear axles, and the rear differential will use a torque-vectoring component to ensure lively dynamics. Twenty-one-inch wheels fitted with 275/45ZR21 Contintal CrossContact all-season tires will ensure traction at the asphalt.

Taking advantage of its own development center adjacent to the Nurburgring in Germany, Land Rover spent more than 1000 laps sorting the SVR’s chassis tuning at the famed racing circuit. For those keeping score, the SVR clocked an official lap of the 13-mile track in 8 minutes, 14 seconds.

Many buyers will simply be drawn to the SVR’s more extroverted styling, both inside and out. Large grilles and ducts for additional cooling dominate the SVR’s face. Inside, special sport seats trimmed in quilted leather with contrasting stitching set the SVR apart from standard Range Rover Sports. In place of wood, machine-turned aluminum trim accents the dashboard, with an option for carbon fiber trim.

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