The fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever conceived, the Range Rover Sport SVR, will make its debut at Pebble Beach on 14th August.
It’s powered by a snarling supercharged 5.0-litre V8 producing 550PS and 680Nm of torque – enough to propel the leviathan from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to a 162mph electronically-limited top speed.
It’s not just fast in a straight line, either, having lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 8 minutes and 14 seconds.
All that power reaches all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission from specialists ZF, before being transferred to the tarmac by unique 21-inch alloy wheels wearing 275/45 R21 all-season tyres, with larger 22-inch wheels with 295/40 R22 Continental SportContact 5 tyres available as an option.
Visually the SVR wears a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new grille, flared wheel-arches, a re-profiled rear bumper with integrated diffuser, a modest roof spoiler, and not-so-modest quad tail-pipes.
The interior changes, meanwhile, are headlined by special sports seats that leave no uncertainty as to the SVR’s intentions.
Land Rover are particularly proud of the way the SVR’s performance hasn’t arrived at the detriment to its comfort, refinement or off-road capability, with the SVR retaining the 850mm wading depth of the regular Sport models, as well as a 3,000kg towing capacity.
Order books for the Range Rover Sport SVR open in October with a price tag of £93,450. First deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2015.