2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR First Look
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While it's no secret Land Rover has been working on its most powerful SUV ever, full details of the new 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR have just been revealed. Power for the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR comes from a 550-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission -- the same drivetrain as the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. Unlike the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R, the Range Rover Sport SVR's power is routed to all four wheels.
In addition to being the first Land Rover model with the SVR badge, a camouflaged Range Rover Sport SVR recently lapped the Nürburgring's challenging Nordschleife in just 8 minutes, 14 seconds -- the fastest lap by an SUV to date.
With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, the Range Rover Sport SVR makes 40 hp and 41 lb-ft more than the standard supercharged V8. Larger front-bumper air intakes increase airflow to the twin intercoolers for a cooler intake charge. The engine also features a Dynamic mode that sharpens throttle response and transmission gear shifts that are said to be up to 50 percent faster. Transmission shifting is based on several inputs including acceleration, braking, lateral cornering, kickdown requests, and road gradient. Other transmission features include paddle shifters, throttle blip during high-speed downshifts, and Corner Recognition to hold the gear while cornering.
As in the F-Type, exhaust gases are expelled through an electronically controlled two-stage active exhaust system that gives an aggressive note under load and a subtle tone during cruise. The exhaust piping has increased from a diameter of 2.2 inches to 2.4 inches for increased flow.
Land Rover claims the Range Rover Sport can reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while top speed is governed at 162 mph.
To maintain its iconic terrain-conquering capability, the Range Rover Sport SVR features permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case with a low-range and a 50/50 front-to-rear torque split. The center differential features an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, which in extreme environments can send up to 100 percent of torque to either axle. The transfer case can be shifted between low- and high-range at speeds up to 37 mph. High-range is a direct drive ratio of 1:1, while the low-range ratio is 2.93:1 for an overall crawl ratio of 45.542:1. Hardcore.
On-road traction is improved thanks to a recalibrated Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential that locks earlier and even more so for the best possible traction. The recalibrated torque vectoring system and Dynamic Stability Control module work together to reduce understeer via the braking system to distribute engine torque to each wheel. Cooling for the Brembo six-piston brakes has also been increased.
The Range Rover Sport SVR rides on an aluminum-intensive independent suspension featuring a revised airbag piston and magnetorheological dampers. Adaptive Dynamics monitor the suspension at least 500 times a second. The rear suspension subframe bushings are stiffened by 20 percent. Despite the performance focused suspension, Land Rover says the Range Rover Sport SVR hasn't lost any of its off-road capability. The air suspension can be lowered 2 inches for loading/unloading or raised 9.3 inches for off-roading. Wheel travel remains at 10.2 inches up front and 10.7 inches in rear. Land Rover says the new active exhaust doesn't diminish the vehicle's 33.5-inch wading capability. The Range Rover Sport SVR features six Terrain Response settings: General, Dynamic, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl, and Auto. Land Rover also retuned the electric power steering for a sportier drive.
In place of anti-roll bars, the Range Rover Sport SVR uses a two-channel Active Roll Control (ARC) system works with the air springs and Active Dynamics to control body roll. The Range Rover Sport SVR rides on unique 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season 275/45R21 tires. A 22-inch wheel package is available in Europe and may show up on the North American option list later.
In addition to the more powerful drivetrain, the Range Rover Sport SVR gets a more aggressive look. Up front, the high-performance SUV's front fascia features trapezoidal-shaped air intakes, a dark finish for the badging and grille insert, and revised hood vents. The deeper front bumper has been redesigned to lessen wind noise and improve aerodynamics and increase front-end grip. The bumper's lower section is removable for off-road driving. New front fenders feature an SVR-specific vent, while new side moldings add a more aggressive look. Around back, the third-brake light is incorporated into an aerodynamically functional roof-mounted spoiler, while a new rear bumper features a gloss black diffuser and quad exhaust tips. Range Rover Sport SVR badging is prominently displayed. Other trim, including the headlight casings, are finished in black. The Range Rover Sport SVR is offered in seven paint colors including SVR-specific Estoril Blue, while a contrasting Santorini Black roof can be specified.
The unique styling carries on inside with leather sports seats with increased lateral support and 16-way power adjustment. In back, the rear seats mimic the front seat design, giving the Range Rover Sport SVR the feel of a four-seat SUV, while retaining the rear middle seat for occasional use. The rear seats also feature a recline function. Seating surfaces are finished in Oxford leather with ribbed, quilted centers. For the interior, besides Ebony Black, color combinations include Ebony Black and Cirrus White, Ebony Black and Pimento Red, and Ebony Black and Tan. Ebony Black is used for top stitching, while the piping features a reflective finish. Aluminum interior trim is standard, while carbon-fiber trim for the dashboard, center console, steering wheel bezel, and door panels is available.
Pricing is expected to be revealed closer to its on-sale date.