We like silly things, and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is possibly the silliest thing to ever come from the legendary British truck and SUV manufacturer.
Complete with a dual transfer case, the Range Rover Sport SVR completed a lap of the legendary Nrburgring Nordschleife in only 8 minutes 14 seconds. That Ring time puts the Range Rover Sport SVR right in between two fiery production cars: one second behind the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and one second ahead of the BMW 1M Coupe!
Much of the Nrburgring on-track magic is possible with the addition of an all-aluminum 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which has been strengthened to handle the extra power over the Sport. With a bump of over 40 horsepower, the SVR boasts 550 hp with 502 lb-ft of torque. The extra thrust propels the SVR from 0-60 mph in only 4.5-seconds up to an electronically limited 162 mph.
Mated to a ZF 8-speed paddle-shift transmission, shifting times have been dramatically reduced by 50-percent, while close ratios keep the motor in it optimal power band. With 25 different shifting programs on hand, the self-learning transmission will determine individual driving styles and uses Corner Recognition to hold a gear in turns.
With great attention paid to handling characteristics, and a set of Pirelli Scorpion all-season tires that allow the SVR to tackle both the track and off-road obstacles, the Ranger Rover Sport SVR is a truly silly performance SUV that we've already fallen in love with.
Photos: Dave Pankew
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