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RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR
RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR LAND ROVER SVO HAS WORKED FASTIDIOUSLY TO REFINE THE MODEL TAKING IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH MORE POWER, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND EXCLUSIVE SVR DETAILS OFFICIAL EU FUEL CONSUMPTION FIGURES FOR THE NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR in l/100km: Urban 18; Extra Urban 9.9; Combined 12.6; CO 2 emissions g/km: 226-411. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. For full figures see landrover.com/svo 58
RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR Top: Refined details set the new Range Rover Sport SVR apart. Bottom left: Exuding confidence, this most dynamic and capable of SUVs has a striking presence when finished in the unique Velocity paintwork with optional carbon kit and 22" alloy wheels Most apparent though is the stylish, uncluttered dash with Land Rover’s revolutionary new Touch Pro Duo technology. First seen in the Range Rover Velar, this will be available across the Range Rover Sport range from 2018. It features twin 10" touchscreens running the comprehensive range of InControl applications, as well as further innovations to enhance driver functionality. This includes Terrain Response 2 with Dynamic Program that’s been optimised for the SVR to deliver a stimulating drive, whatever the surface or conditions - exactly what we’re about to test sitting on a gravelstrewn path in a huge pit on a wet day. POWERFULLY COMPOSED As soon as the exclusive SVR instruments spring to life, Ian fires up the lightweight all-aluminium 5.0 litre V8 petrol engine, which includes a sixth generation Twin Vortex System (TVS) supercharger. Yet another unique aspect of the new SVR, this uprated engine boasts a recalibrated management system to significantly boost power from 550PS to 575PS (with 680Nm of torque at 3,500-4,000rpm). Even at idle the combined sound of the engine and tuned exhaust is special, heralding impressive power about to be let loose. Ian squeezes the throttle and the response is instant. We're effortlessly accelerating with seamless precision through the gears going uphill on a rough surface. “Now that’s planted,” says Ian with a smile. You just don’t expect something of this size, and luxury, to lay down the power so quickly, cleanly and smoothly without bogging down or scrabbling for grip. This sure-footed, exceptionally smooth ride is aided by a further fine tune of the Range Rover SVR’s chassis and suspension, including enhanced dynamic damping and adaptive stability control. As well as being able to choose automatic or manual gear shifts, you can set your individual driving preferences by adjusting throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and suspension settings via the Configurable Dynamics function. On top of that, the SVR’s Torque Vectoring system constantly balances the distribution of engine torque between all four wheels when cornering for responsive, controlled, confident handling. When off-road, Ian explains that this system also offers even more precise low speed descents. Ian’s a hard man to impress, yet he clearly is with the SVR, summing up the whole package saying: “It’s just so composed. People buy a vehicle amazed at what it can do, not what it can't. There’s virtually nothing the new Range Rover Sport SVR can’t do – it satisfies, surprises and delights in equal measure.” FORMIDABLE EXCLUSIVITY The adrenalin-charged drive of the SVR is matched by the muscular, distinctive styling. This new model’s formidable presence is now even more impactful thanks to a cleaner athletic design with a lower stance. At higher road cruising speeds, you can engage Speed Lowering to give an even sleeker 15mm lower profile. Everywhere you look there’s both exclusivity and contemporary details, not least the SVR’s lighter and more pronounced carbon fibre bonnet with twin vents. Other standout features include unique SVR front and rear badging, large red Land Rover-branded brake callipers, an exclusive black grille and a purposeful front bumper with deeper, wider cooling ducts. The SVR-only rear bumper features integrated tailpipes and a revised diffuser, and there’s a choice of wheels - either standard 21 inch, or new lightweight design optional 22 inch. Delivering a step change, this latest incarnation of the Range Rover Sport SVR re-affirms its position as the undisputed class leader, combining refined design and luxury with high performance, an exhilarating driver experience and breadth of capability. It truly is the most dynamic Land Rover yet. FIND OUT MORE See the new Range Rover Sport SVR at landrover.com/svo 59
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