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Range Rover Sport SVR is 'fastest ever SUV'

Range Rover Sport SVR is 'fastest ever SUV'

THE Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in eight minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV ever on the track.

The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production car.

The Sport SVR, first seen in action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule.

It is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 550PS – a 40PS increase over the existing V8 supercharged derivative.

The handling characteristics of the SVR have been honed on the German track because the undulating circuit’s challenging layout represents the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said: “The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners.

“We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”

Development of the Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever.

The company says this has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s all-terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort.

The car features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.

The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in Scottish showrooms in 2015.

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