With a powerful heart from Bavarians.
The third-gen Range Rover Sport is now joined by the Range Rover Sport SV—billed as a performance flagship and the most powerful Range Rover ever. The photos here showcase the Range Rover Sport SV Edition One—which apparently is an “invitation-only” model. Land Rover didn’t disclose how many units the SV Edition One is limited to, but says the model is gonna be available for the first year of production, again, available to “select clients” only. And, did I mention that all of those are already allocated?
But anyway, the SV Edition One—as you can probably see, wears a generous amount of naked carbon parts, with SV Edition One branding (including on the front splitter), of course. But overall, the Range Rover Sport SV is mostly about shedding weight and adding more power. Buyers can opt for what is billed as the world’s first 23-inch Carbon Fibre Wheel option on a production car, and Carbon Ceramic Brakes—available for the first time on a Range Rover. A carbon fibre bonnet, however, is a standard affair. When you opt for all available lightweight options, the SV Edition One is claimed to offer an overall weight savings/shavings (whichever you prefer) of 76 kg (168 lbs) compared with the Range Rover Sport P530 in an equivalent specification.
Those aforementioned optional wheels are claimed to save almost 9 kg (20 lbs) per corner compared with conventional 23-inch cast-alloy wheels. Those 440 mm CCBs are claimed to save 34 kg (75 lbs) total un-sprung mass versus the uprated Dual-Cast iron brake discs fitted as standard on the new Range Rover Sport SV. The 8-piston Brembo Octyma front calipers—said to be developed exclusively for the new Range Rover Sport SV—are the largest ever fitted to a Range Rover. Also, for the first time on a Range Rover, are 305-section rear tyres—which are 20 mm wider than the 285-section front tyres. Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 tyres are fitted as standard.
Land Rover claims that the new Range Rover Sport SV is capable of generating lateral acceleration in excess of 1.1 G on all-season tyres. That represents a 22% increase on the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR on summer tyres and is comparable to track-focused sports cars, the company said.
Another key highlight of the new Range Rover Sport SV is something called the 6D Dynamics suspension system, claimed to be the most sophisticated in its class. Land Rover says that the system debuts a world-first combination of hydraulic interlinked dampers, height-adjustable air springs and pitch control. This semi-active system, which removes the need for conventional anti-roll bars, dramatically reduces pitch and roll to maintain a near-level body stance during extreme cornering and acceleration, while also reducing weight, increasing grip, and benefiting comfort and refinement, the company added in an official statement. The suspension makes the SV ride between 10 mm and 25 mm lower than other Range Rover Sport models.
On the inside, key highlights include exclusive satin carbon fibre-backed SV Performance Seats with integrated headrests, more sculpted bolsters and illuminated SV logos on their backrests. A new Ultrafabrics PU interior is available, with lightweight, seamless, ‘3D Knit to form’ textile. What is claimed to be the world-first translucent edge-lit gear shift paddles behind the steering wheel, and black ceramic for the console gear shifter are some of the other key highlights of the new Range Rover Sport SV. But wait, we are not done yet.
The new Range Rover Sport SV also introduces Body and Soul Seat (BASS) that works with the 29-speaker 1,430-watt Meridian Signature Sound System. As the above infographic tells us, the seat incorporates SUBPAC AI-optimizing software and four transducers—which are claimed to enable the seat to generate precise synchronized vibrations. In other terms, the technology analyses media in real-time, generating high-fidelity audio vibrations—which are claimed to offer the most engaging and immersive in-car audio.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the new Range Rover Sport SV packs a 4.4-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine borrowed from Bavarians (yes, you read that right. It is the BMW N63). It is coupled with a mild-hybrid system. The output figures are 467 kW (635 metric hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft), which are 44 kW (60 metric hp) and 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) more than what the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR’s Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 offered. Land Rover claims a 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The company also claims that the CO2 emissions are 15% lower than the previous model’s V8.
Other updates to the Range Rover Sport lineup include a P550e plug-in hybrid powertrain that replaces the P510e. As the name suggests, the PHEV offers combined figures of 405 kW (550 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft). A 38.2 kWh battery pack is claimed to offer a real-world EV range of up to 94 km (58 mi). A P460e option is also available.