Jaguar Land Rover Unveils New SVR Models
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun to pass on the first details about the models which will be debuting as part of an intended range of cars adorned with the SVR badge.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun to pass on the first details about the models which will be debuting as part of an intended range of cars adorned with the SVR badge. This includes the Range Rover Sport SVR, which appeared during The Quail event held in California this week, along with the Jaguar XE SVR which made its debut courtesy of AutoExpress.
The SVR moniker points to the fact that each model has been specially tuned by the Special Vehicle Operations unit. And this clever bit of marketing may help the company compete with similar high-spec models from its German rivals.
The costlier of the two cars to emerge this month is the Range Rover Sport SVR, which is going to set UK buyers back £93,450 when the first orders are taken in October this year. And while this may be quite a large financial commitment to make to what is essentially an overpowered SUV, JRL has worked hard to make it worthwhile.
For one thing, the Range Rover Sport SVR can claim to be the fastest road car of its kind on the planet. No other SUV has completed a lap of the Nurburgring track faster than the 8 minutes and 13 seconds that this vehicle achieved during extensive testing that was carried out there.
This performance prowess is made possible by its V8 engine, which may be the same 5.0 litre unit as is found in the standard Range Rover Sport, but has been given a major overhaul by the Special Vehicle Operations team to help it produce an impressive 542bhp rather than the paltry 502bhp of its existing stable mate.
The engine will launch the SVR edition to 62mph in just four and a half seconds, while the top speed is limited to 162mph, although no doubt it could compete with supercars if the restrictions were removed.
An updated interior and huge 21 inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with all-weather sport tyres wrapped around as standard to seal the deal. Although with over £11,000 separating the Range Rover Sport SVR from its unturned sibling, buyers will have to look long and hard at their budgets before taking the plunge.
As an alternative the Jaguar XE SVR is a more affordable and only marginally less powerful option, with a 2016 launch window and an anticipated price tag of the BMW M3-bothering £60,000 currently being mooted by JLR.
It boasts a 5.0 litre V8 engine as well, albeit the one borrowed from the F-Type S. And with more work carried out to extract more power from this unit, the XE SVR should have about 489bhp to offer once all of the tuning and testing has been completed.
Because this will be a lighter saloon option as opposed to a weighty SUV, the XE SVR should be able to hit 62mph from a standing start about half a second quicker than the Range Rover Sport SVR. It will also benefit from the use of an 8 speed automatic gearbox with enhanced software designed to make shifts even quicker.
With a limiter in tow this model should hit 155mph flat out, while from an aesthetic point of view it will boast a sporty-looking body kit and a quartet of exhaust pipes to make sure that no one is in any doubt about its prowess.
The BMW M3 may be the target of JLR’s XE SVR, but for the Range Rover Sport SVR the rival that it really wants to knock from its perch is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
These two powerful SUVs are pretty evenly matched on paper in terms of power and acceleration, but the fact that the Range Rover can get around the Nurburgring faster than some Ferraris will perhaps give it the edge amongst an enthusiast crowd.
The birth of the SVR badge will help JLR to further improve its sales and could allow the Tata-owned company to restore prestige in the British performance car sector.