The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR has officially set a new SUV record at the famous Nurburgring after posting an 8 minute and 14 seconds lap around the racetrack.
Under the hood, it is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine delivering a potent 550 hp and when it reaches production, will also come fitted with a host of improved handling components including a better anti-roll system and stiffer suspension. The eight-speed ZF transmission will also be revised while improved brakes will be featured as well.
The record lap was set this month after the vehicle made its public debut in prototype guise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.
When discussing the achievement, the company’s chief engineer for vehicle integrity Mike Cross 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.”
In case you didn’t know, development of the SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team with the car being the most potent Range Rover Sport ever revealed.
It has also been confirmed that the car will arrive in Land Rover showrooms next year.