The off-road capabilities of Land Rover vehicles are legendary, having traversed some of the most adverse conditions and rugged terrain on the planet. But the new Range Rover Sport is no slouch on-pavement either. In fact, it’s an absolute blast on the track thanks to its potential powertrain and sport-tuned suspension.
Especially comfortable on the track is the range-topping Range Rover Sport SVR, which was developed with the help of engineers from Jaguar, who understand a thing or two about performance. What’s expected to be the first of many high-performance models wearing the “SVR” badge, the Range Rover Sport SVR features a 550-horspower 5.0-liter supercharged V8—the same unit that can be found in the Jaguar XJR, XFR-S and F-Type R.
Interestingly, the Jaguar Land Rover collaboration for this new model resulted in a vehicle that offers the same blistering performance as some of the aforementioned performance cars, but all while retaining the Range Rover Sport’s high riding position, all-wheel drive system, and seating for up to seven passengers.
Land Rover wanted to illustrate what it’s really like to get behind the wheel of this unique machine, and show off what the Special Vehicles Operations team was able to create. So they instructed Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover, to demonstrate the adjustability, poise and outstanding body control of the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever produced. The resulting video, filmed at the UK’s fastest racing circuit, Rockingham Motor Speedway, will likely change the way you see Land Rover vehicles.
In the sensational video below, Cross expertly demonstrates the limits of the Range Rover Sport SVR when its comprehensive range of electronic traction and stability aids have been turned off.