2019 White Range Rover Sport Redesign and Concept

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If a vehicle is a statement, this Range Rover Sport SVR is a string of violent obscenities, spoken with a perfectly elegant enunciation. Partly, you’re a bit shocked. But mostly, you’re massively impressed. It’s a vehicle that can’t help but command your entire attention.

The main headliner of the SVR is, naturally, the engine. It’s a 5.0-litre V8, called the A113. It uses a supercharger for forced induction, which results in a fairly preposterous 423kW at 6500rpm, and 700Nm between 3500 and 4000rpm. This runs through an eight-speed gearbox and two-speed transfer case, permanently powering all four wheels. (READ: Range Rover Velar Interior 2018 New Review)

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Costing a shade over a quarter-million dollars, the Range Rover Sport SVR sits amongst other equally ludicrous and enticing high-performance large SUVs.

Think the recently updated $247,000 Mercedes G63 AMG, making 430kW and 850Nm from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Don’t forget the dated BMW X6M, with a relatively meagre price of $197,629. It too uses a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which makes 423kW and 750Nm from its 4.4-litre displacement.

And of course there’s the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Owning that particular 404kW/770Nm twin-turbo V8 will set you back $239,000.

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In this fairly dazzling white-on-black colour scheme, the SVR is a brutish take on the somewhat svelte and flowing shape of the Range Rover Sport. While the roofline ducks gracefully towards the rear in a typical style, the front bumper is pumped out (for extra airflow) and the ride height is lowered.

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Optional 22-inch shiny black alloys, wrapped in 295/40 R22 Continental Conti Sport Contact rubber, finish the angry look.

Not many new vehicles are supercharged these days, giving the SVR a nice point of difference. Those five litres of forced induction are a constant companion, never leaving your thoughts for more than a moment. While punting around peacefully, the SVR thuds deeply and reassuringly. A gentle reminder that, at any moment’s notice, you can unleash a furious barrage of angry power and unrelenting torque.

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department has devoted a fair bit of effort to extracting more grunt from the V8 with this update, with a few subtle tweaks under the bonnet. The Eaton supercharger has more urge thanks to a larger pulley ratio, and the intake and exhaust systems have been redesigned for less restriction and weight.

The wheels and bonnet have also been on a diet, with the use some exotic materials.

Compared to the soft, stately feeling you get from piloting a regular Range Rover, the Sport SVR feels decidedly hard-edged and tight. The steering is heavy and meaty when at speed, befitting the 2.3-tonne weapon you’re piloting. You never feel like you’re commanding a lightweight vehicle, but at the same time the SVR wants to be driven. And gosh, it’s addictive.

Those eight ratios from the ZF gearbox give you smooth, easy progress, with a kind of salubrious efficiency befitting the brand and price tag. Revs barely edge above idle during normal driving, and the suspension irons out bumps and noisy surfaces very nicely. Sport mode shifts the tacho up towards the decidedly snarly 3000rpm mark, and really changes the overall character of the vehicle.

If you want to seriously make some noise, press the little exhaust icon on the lower centre screen. The exhaust noise goes from deep shouting into a manic, frenzied howl. The decibels rise incredibly quickly, with a thick drum beat of deep and heavy barks, beating faster and faster. Chase the redline and the V8 absolutely bellows, with a really vicious edge.

You relent, probably after stealing a glance at the speedo, but the drama doesn’t. The engine crackles and snaps on overrun with huge volume. Perhaps too much for some, it’s wickedly loud. Looks aside for a second: if we’re talking vehicles that want to be heard, this beast is hard to go past. There is a two-stage dynamic exhaust system on the SVR, which exits at the rear through four large squares pipes.

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I’m not as experienced as others in terms of high-end exotic cars, and most green-oval vehicles I’ve driven are flat out getting to a hundred kilometres an hour. But I have to say, this thing has a sound like nothing I’ve experienced before.

0-100km/h is achieved in 4.5 seconds, which is quite an achievement for something the size and weight (2.3 tonnes) of this. It’s the same deal with the braking performance, which is mainly handled by 380mm diameter Brembo-sourced front rotors. It’s excellent.

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