The Range Rover Sport SVR – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

What happens if you build in the same supercharged V8 of the Jaguar F-Type SVR in an SUV? Once you’ve stepped on the gas, the new Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 goes off like a freight train – a masterpiece in its class and a real wolf in sheep’s clothing! The engineers at the Special Vehicle Operations Centre (SVO) in Warwickshire have once again done a great job, but more about that now.

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The first impression of the Range Rover Sport SVR

Anyone who has already driven the predecessor or even the V8 of the Jaguar F-Type will have high expectations and a lot of anticipation for this Range Rover Sport SVR, which – at least from the outside – looks somewhat well-behaved.

2018 Edition – What changed?

The interior has been done very well, the Range Rover Sport SVR looks tidy and above all: classy.

  • Two integrated 10″ Touch Screens Touch Pro Duo which were adopted from the successful, timeless design of the Range Rover Velar.
  • Hidden controls on the steering wheel that only become visible when a function is activated
  • Attractive and light performance seats were installed, which can be ordered with optional cooling function.
  • The centre console can be converted into a cooling compartment at the touch of a button
  • Head-up display
  • Decorative elements such as shift paddles in satin brushed aluminium (often in plastic for competitors)

From the outside, a few details also stand out

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Functional air intakes were built into the bonnet
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Wide, beefy front

Our trip over the Oberalp Pass

Freezing temperatures and a strong and cold wind dominated this Saturday morning on the Oberalp Pass. Thanks to a heated steering wheel, seat heating and panorama roof in this car: an absolute dream. The sun shone with its first rays over the snow-covered landscape and I hear and feel only one thing: the V8, whose sound couldn’t be more great, effortlessly hurls me up the pass.

Conclusion: I still can’t believe how much fun this SUV is! The sound is absolutely crazy and compared to the F-Type a healthy note richer and more mature.

The 2.3 tons weight are certainly noticeable and yet this SUV turns in directly and shoots you out of the next corner with a lot of power – phenomenal! And we’re talking about a 5-seater with 780 liters loading capacity.

Faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia

The news went through the press in lightning speed, the Range Rover Sport SVR mastered the pass road up to Tianmen Mountain in the Chinese province of Hunan in the new unofficial record time of 9:51 minutes and beat the time of a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Performance, consumption and price

  • Engine
  • Performance
  • Gearbox
  • Weight
  • Average consumption for the press car
  • Price from
  • 5.0 Litre Supercharged V8
  • 575 bhp / 700 Nm torque
  • 8-speed automatic gearbox
  • 2.4 tons
  • Ca. 15 litres / 100 km
  • 153’200 CHF

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