As manufacturers move towards electrifying their line-ups, there’s still a large portion of the population who wants a rip-snarling twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet of their car. Thankfully, Range Rover is doing it all, electrifying their current line-up for those who want utter silence, while also offering a number of cheeky twin-turbo V8s across the range. If you want the most powerful of all those Rangies, it’s about time your check out the recently unveiled SV before it arrives on Australian shores towards the end of this year, priced from a healthy $360,800 AUD plus on-road costs.
It will launch in an ‘Edition One’ spec as pictured throughout this article and will be offered to the brand’s top clients on an invitation-only basis. This gets you exclusivity, alongside a host of special bits and pieces like exclusive branding on the front splitter, centre console, tread plates and puddle lights.
The most powerful Range Rover ever makes 467 kW (635PS) and 750Nm through a mild-hybrid 4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 that propels the SUV from 0-100 km/h in as little as 3.8 seconds using launch mode. This is 44 kW and 50 Nm more than the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR’s Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and it’s also up on power over the 460 kW BMW X6M that the engine is sourced from.
“New Range Rover Sport SV exemplifies Range Rover’s philosophy, not just as a bold evolution beyond its Range Rover Sport SVR predecessor, but also in the personalised approach we are taking with our most discerning clients,” said Geraldine Ingham, Managing Director, Range Rover.
Under the skin, the Range Rover Sport SV rides up to 25mm lower than other Sport models, while the 6D Dynamics suspension works together with SV-specific tune settings across the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Braking, Configurable Dynamics and Active Locking Rear Differential to deliver a more focused, sports car-like driving experience, particularly in the selectable SV Mode. The steering also features a new electronically power-assisted rack that has the fastest ratio of any Range Rover to date.
Eight-piston Brembo Octyma front calipers wrap Carbon Ceramic Brake discs (CCBs) that are available for the first time on a Range Rover. Speaking of which, in a rather hilarious middle finger to all the Super-SUV haters, the Range Rover Sport SV Edition One has been fitted with the world’s first 23-inch Carbon Fibre Wheel option on a production car. This saves 35.6kg total, but on a car that weighs more than 2.5 tonnes, it’s mostly aesthetic.
We love the way the brand has incorporated REAL quad exhaust tips at the back of the car, offering an active exhaust system that serves as the focal point of the rear. The sound of the vehicle is also optimised in SV mode with greater throttle response to boot. You can match your carbon fibre wheels with further carbon detailing on the Range Rover script, front bumper blades, grille surround, bonnet vents and side vents can be supplemented with an exposed finish for the centre section of the carbon fibre bonnet.
On the inside, you’ll find the expected standard fair from Range Rover with performance seats, a large touch screen Pivi Pro display, and the world’s first translucent edge-lit gear shift paddles nestle behind a steering wheel with more pronounced thumb grips. Most notably, the seat in the New Range Rover Sport SV introduces Body and Soul Seat (BASS) technology, a multi-dimensional audio experience that allows front passengers to literally feel the sound. This system works in combination with the 29-speaker, 1430W, Meridian Signature Sound System, and if it’s anything like the sound system found in the Jaguar F-Pace SVR we drove recently, it will be EPIC.
The Range Rover Sport SV will launch from $360,800 AUD plus on-road costs in an ‘Edition One’ spec as pictured throughout this article, reserved for the brand’s top clients on an invitation-only basis.
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