2017 Range Rover Sport V8SC SVR Road Test and Review…
The Ranger Rover Sport SVR is a sight to behold. Especially in the gleaming black paintwork of the review car.
It’s huge and looks a little menacing from some angles. This SUV checks in around 4.8 metres long, 2 metres across, weighing more than 2 tonnes.
If the size and weight of the car has you expecting a great lump of lard, think again.
This is, after all, a product of the Special Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover, and has to be one of the fastest, most powerful vehicles yet from Land Rover.
Speed? The company claims 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds – not to be sneezed at – and a top speed of 260km/h.
Why, where and how you would need 260km/h I cannot imagine, but it must have come in handy during countless hours of race track testing during the car’s development.
So it’s fast, but the smooth delivery of the 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque from the 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine via the 8 speed transmission, makes everyday motoring a breeze – a luxurious high-end breeze at that, and if you feel the need for a little more exhilaration, there’s heaps of power in reserve.
In fact, it sometimes feels as though you might be propelled into an earth orbit, such is the torque.
Only two of them are in use for everyday motoring, and they sound amazing, but switch to loud mode and you have the pleasure of all four pumping out a glorious soundtrack, complete with appropriate crackles and pops.
Curious isn’t it that while I marvel at the absence of noise from an electric vehicle, at the same time I absolutely love the potent growl produced by this big V8; and spent most of my time with the loud button on!
With all that power helping you forget the SUV’s bulk, good brakes are essential, and it is reassuring that the front discs – 380mm – and the rear – 365mm – do the job just fine, and were constantly reliable, whatever the situation.
It’s a Range Rover, so if you feel the need to take if off-road, go for your life, although I urge you to take care… you wouldn’t want to scratch that lustrous duco!
The low and high range four-wheel-drive settings give you peace of mind, along with the SVR’s Terrain Response functions, reminding the driver of this vehicle’s heritage, from the company that pioneered off-roading with style, comfort and luxury.
It is so easy to get carried away by the technical stuff in a tour de force like this that I still haven’t mentioned some of the other important things, like fuel consumption.
The claimed combined figure is 13.7L/100km, which would have been nice, however as mentioned, I did become a bit exuberant during my time with the Range Rover Sport SVR, so my petrol usage was a bit higher than that.
The two-tone colour scheme for the upholstery and trim, along with its white piping, is eye-catching and comfortable, and beautifully stitched.
The front seats wrap around the occupants, there are heaps of adjustments possible, and there’s lots of rear leg space.
Storage behind the back seats is generous as well, the entire experience providing a pleasing environment, mostly quiet, and only interrupted by the sound of the exhaust!
So it’s an SUV that achieves everything it sets out to do. A strong off-road pedigree, exclusive and luxurious as Range Rovers are, and a price tag to match. Did I forget that bit? Be prepared to dig deep, before on roads the SVR will set you back $233,500.
It’s a lot of money and the car is absolutely full of features you might not really need. But if you have the budget and you need the speed, style, luxury and panache on display here, perhaps you should check out the Range Rover Sport SVR, and prepare to be impressed.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 5.0 litre supercharged V8 producing 405kW and 680Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Safety: Five Stars
Warranty: 3 years/Unlimited kilometre
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $233,500