It was inevitable. Land Rover has stuffed a 550-horsepower version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the Range Rover SVAutobiography into the more compact Velar envelope. The results, well, they’re predictable: 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph, for starters. But performance enhancements extend to the chassis as well
Making it all possible is a revised four-wheel air suspension with stiffer air springs, thicker anti-roll bars, standard 21-inch wheels wearing ultra-high-performance tires, a revised all-wheel drive system that can make the Velar SVA Dynamic a fully rear-driven vehicle, and an active locking rear diff to really put down the traction.
A revised sport exhaust system promises to back up the bite with some bark, if the Range Rover Sport SVR is any indicator. The retuned exhaust also sheds seven pounds of apparently unnecessary weight over the standard cans, with a similar lightweight treatment applied to the 21-inch alloy wheels, which come in at the same weight as the standard Velar 20-inchers.
This top-spec Velar will be available in six exclusive colors and packs a host of additional standard upgrades as well, befitting a range topper that will likely start around $125,ooo (US pricing has not been announced). The spec sheet lists approach, breakover and departure angles, but really, the only off-roading this Range Rover might see is a long gravel driveway in the Hamptons.