FirstDrive: Range Rover Sport SVR – Verdict


Intro
Looks
Practicality / Spec
Engine / Performance
Driving / NVH
 Verdict

Understandably, it is quite excessive creating something beyond a RRS in the first place so I can imagine people will either love or hate the SVR!   Realistically, I do wish I had £95k.  The SVR is brilliant on its own accord and the whole package is pretty much complete. No, it’s not become the ultimate Sports-SUV, and it may not beat a Cayenne around a track, but luxury and weight appear to go hand in hand – and there’s more of both to be found in this.

As with many petrolheads though, I can list numerous other cars I could buy and add to the garage for that money.  Land Rover will have no trouble selling these; its expensive to buy, its expensive to run, its still heavy, and it screams a statement of exuberance – but every other super-fast SUV is guilty of all these too. And at least the SVR doesn’t look like an X6 / GLE Coupe.

If this was a one-car-fits-all purchase then yes, bring it on, but I’d still wish for the 7-seat option for the practicalities of scaring even more passengers. More importantly so, I’d love to be driven whilst I sat at the back soaking up all that noise… with the boot open. Permanently.

Conflictingly, judging by this video of a standard Supercharged RRS, I wouldn’t feel too short-changed about the noise with one of these!

And it’ll still be quicker than a Mini John Cooper Works GP around a track…


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

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