Range Rover Sport SVR Sets Speed Record [Video]
There is big and there is fast. The two don't usually meld, except now. The Range Rover Sport SVR has set the Nürburgring record for fastest SUV and it beat a major German competitor. According to Land Rover, it accomplished the feat in 8 minutes, 14 seconds, in a standard, production version of a Range Rover Sport SVR driven by a company test driver. Unconfirmed reports have it edging out the Porsche Macan by 1 second, which would seem to confirm the Macan's time.
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Calling it a standard, production version is a bit of a misnomer though, because as Land Rover points out, the Range Rover Sport SVR is still in development. It won't go on sale until 2015. However, when it comes to powertrain, it's most likely going to keep the 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine that set the record.
In case you're wondering, the fastest production car times at Nürburgring (and we mean true production cars) would be 6:57 for the Porsche 918 and 7:08 for the Nissan GT-R, according to NurburgRingTimes.com. The 8:14 time of the SVR puts it about 13 seconds behind a 2011 Mercedes C63 AMG coupe.
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The Range Rover SVR is the second vehicle created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations team (behind the Project 7). A prototype debuted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The special vehicle operation team's basic mission was to make a Range Rover perform like a sports car.
It is the most powerful Land Rover ever produced. As Phil Talboys, Nürburgring Test Manager, said, "We have unlocked its full potential." The anti-roll bar system has been tuned for faster cornering. The all-wheel drive system, chassis and gearbox have all received special tuning for optimal sports performance.
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Maybe the best part of this SUV is it maintains all of its off-road capabilities. The Range Rover Sport SVR will feature a two-speed off-road capable transfer case and maintains a 33.5" water wading depth, according to Land Rover. It should be able to take you anywhere and get you there pretty darn quick.