The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced has made its global debut at Pebble Beach in the United States.
It is the first model to wear the SVR designation being adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models.
The Range Rover Sport SVR accelerates from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.
A top speed electronically limited to 162mph and a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of eight minutes 14 seconds – one of the fastest times ever recorded by a production SUV – underline its performance credentials.
The SVR’s range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine has been developed to produce 550PS and 680Nm – substantial 40PS and 56Nm increases – without compromising fuel economy.
And its advanced eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been optimised to complement its astonishing performance, whatever the weather.
In a world first for Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR is equipped with a two-stage active exhaust featuring electronically-controlled valves.
The system optimises sound quality, performance and aesthetics and provides a racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs without adversely affecting refinement during steady-state driving.
In another first for Range Rover, unique 22-inch alloy wheels with performance-optimised 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres complement the driver-focused chassis.
As standard, new 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 R21 all-season tyres offer dramatic all-terrain capability.
John Edwards, managing director of Land Rover’s Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on-and-off-road capabilities and leading-edge design.
“Its exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.
“A thorough range of revisions specially developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations combine to make this premium derivative even more distinctive both inside and out, as well as taking its dynamic capabilities to the next level without impacting on comfort, refinement or all-terrain versatility.
“The Range Rover Sport SVR is truly the world’s most capable performance SUV.”
Customer orders can be placed from October at an on-the-road price of £93,450. First deliveries are expected early next years.