As an aggressive response from Land Rover to AMG, SRT and similar high-performance SUV, the Range Rover Sport SVR was launched.
Improved in every aspect in comparison with its successor, the Sport Supercharged, the 2015 SVR wants to be the king and, according to the maker, it is already killing it. Land Rover said that the 2015 SVR lap Nürburgrid Nordschleife, a.k.a. ‘The Green Hell’, in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. More than impressive for an SUV.
Design: Exterior & Interior
The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR was designed to have an enhanced aerodynamic and a powerful airflow to feed its monstrous supercharged V8, which we will mention later in this article.
We can find several big air intakes on the front to improve cooling in an important way. On the SVR, there are also dedicated intakes that work as channels to induce airflow in the Brembo’s six-piston brakes, that maximizes effectiveness.
As I already mentioned, the 2015 SVR was born in the great effort to highly improve the Sport Supercharged, its predecessor. In order to do this, the SVR features an all-aluminum unibody, that makes this model 39% lighter that the previous model mentioned.
Despite the 39-percent-lighter factor, the 2015 SVR has a curb weight of 5438 lb. And that’s still heavier than the BMW X5 with 5173 lb, one of its main rivals on the high-performance SUV on the market.
In decoration terms, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR comes in seven different colors, making its main blue exclusive for this model.
Born in the UK, the 2015 SVU doesn’t only have a racing-like style on the exterior. The interior packs tons of elements oriented that way.
In the interior, we found sport seats with fixed headrests, decorated with Oxford leather that are available in four color setups. The media has claimed that they aren’t the most comfortable thing in the car industry, due to the headrests.
The standard SVR comes with aluminum interior trim, but plenty of pricey options and materials are available, like carbon fiber.
Engine & Specs
The 2015 SVR features really high-performance numbers. Let’s start in the technical details.
This luxury SUV packs a supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 5.0 L V8 that generates 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine joins with an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. Land Rover named this gearbox as the ZF 8HP70.
According to the maker and the media, the SVR goes from standstill to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, which is kind of impressive. The front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, high-performance truck is governor limited, so it tops at 162 mph.
With these numbers, the 2015 SVR has 40 more horsepower than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, its predecessor, which represents an impressive improvement from an already fast SUV.
Its racing-like specs allowed the 2015 SVR to achieve that time on The Green Hell. But despite this fact and all these numbers, the media claims that there are faster high-performance SUV, like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe 4MATIC.
The SVR also features a driving mode called ‘Dynamic Mode’, in which the system affects the gearshift’s behavior and the throttle’s response for getting an exciting result. Shifts become shorter, more aggressive and effective.
The Bottom Line
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR represents an interesting addition to the luxury, high-performance SUV market where Mercedes-Benz and BMW look like they already won. But they don’t.
According to the maker, the ‘Sport’ line has built 500.000 units since its the start of the production, back in the 2005.
But the main reason of the generally mediocre reviews of the awesome 2015 SVR could be its price: US$112.345,00 for the standard version, with more than US$30.000,00 in extras.