FirstDrive: Range Rover Sport SVR – Engine / Performance


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Time to push the Start button….

A 2.3 tonne car shouldn’t be quick, but that’s what the SVR exactly is. We have the same 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine in the SVR, but now its packed with the same uprated power as found in the F-Type R Coupe and Jaguar XFR-S. This means we have an extra 39hp and 42lb ft of torque over standard, totalling 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque.

RRS SVR Engine*
RRS SVR Engine*

In the grand scheme of things, the difference in figures don’t make that big a difference, but what does make the difference is the reconfigured torque curve. It’s been recalibrated to be almost diesel-like in characteristic, with torque peaking lower down from 2500rpm and staying with you throughout the rev range.

There was enough of a hefty shove with our last long-term RRS diesel pushing out 442lb ft, but this is just bonkers in comparison – Except this time round it successfully hides the 2.3 tonne kerbweight too. With the added benefit of four-wheel drive this car relentlessly pulls, and it does all this without any of the exuberent tyre-smoking-oversteer either that dominates its Jaguar siblings.

I’m not sure if I could live with the fuel range though – Did I mention 12.9mpg?

Even if that displayed figure was a result of rigorous testing, I’m not sure 105 litres of juice will still last that long! Especially if you dicked about down-changing gears all the time just for the noise – as you would with the other Jaguar siblings!

Spec: SVR
Engine: 5.0 V8 Supercharged Petrol, 542bhp (@ 6000 - 6500rpm, 502lb ft (@ 2500 – 5500rpm)
Transmission: 8 Speed Auto
Mpg: Official: 21.7mpg Achieved: 13mpg
Performance: 0-62mph: 4.7 Secs, 162mph
Colour: Estoril Blue
Pictures captioned with * were sourced for reference only from AutoTrader

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