Having founded Evo Magazine, Harry Metcalfe has managed to drive some of the world’s greatest ever performance cars. As a result, he is certainly familiar with the key ingredients which go into making a car stand out from the pack and prove exceptionally popular. With that in mind, Metcalfe recently got behind the wheel of the Range Rover Sport SVR and has released the following clip providing us with an overview of the British marque’s most performance-oriented model ever.
Beneath the skin, 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.