Range Rover finally took the covers off the production-spec 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR at Monterey Car Week 2014. Now the company has confirmed that its most performance-oriented model ever will go on sale in October with deliveries scheduled from early 2015.
Development and production of the car is being led by the newly formed Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Division. It rivals other high-performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG along with the BMW X5 M.
Beneath the body, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR features the firm’s well documented supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. When fitted to the standard Range Rover Sport, this engine delivers 503 hp. However, in SVR specification that has been upped to 542 hp with torque also rising to 501 lb-ft. Consequently, the car hits 96 km/h (60 mph) in 4.5 seconds before topping out at an electronically limited 260 km/h top speed. Despite the extra performance offered by this engine, fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions haven’t changed over the less powerful Range Rover Sport.
As you’d expect, power is sent to all four wheels via a revised eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. It can be used in fully automatic mode or also operated through the paddle shifters or the gearstick itself. Further improving the on-road performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR is a recalibrated Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential along with torque vectoring and the stability control being retuned. Furthermore, a new Active-Roll Control system is featured which is used instead of anti-roll bars.
Adding to the sportiness of the SVR, it features a two-stage exhaust system with electronically controlled valves. At low revs, the valves in two of the four exhausts are closed but over 3000 rpm they open and also provide a crackle on the overrun.
As standard, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR has 21-inch alloy wheels complete with 275/45 R21 tyres at all four corners. 22-inch wheels with 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 performance tyres are also offered. Braking power is provided by Brembos complete with six-piston calipers.