Range Rover Sport SVR gets an early reveal

Doris Richards
October 4, 2017

At the same time as adding this new model, the company has also revised the full Range Rover Sport range, with a new look, extra technology and a range-topping SVR that is the fastest Range Rover ever.

It is also the first electrified model to be released since Jaguar Land Rover announced last month that it will have an electrified version of every model on sale from 2020.

Drivers can switch between the default Parallel Hybrid mode which combines petrol and electric drive, and EV mode where the vehicle runs exclusively on electric power for quieter zero-emission journeys.

The P400e offers two driving modes: the default Parallel Hybrid mode and EV mode.

Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Speth said both the regular Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models will gain the new electrified powerplant, which is expected to combine 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol power with an electric drive unit. If Land Rover decides to pair it with the diesel instead of the turbocharged gas engine, we might just see world's first plug-in hybrid diesel vehicle to hit the market.

The flagship Range Rover Sport SVR, described by the vehicle maker as "the ultimate performance SUV", uses the F-Type SVR's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine with 567bhp - 25bhp more than the outgoing Range Rover Sport SVR - and 516lb ft.

The new auto is available to order now, with first deliveries expected early in 2018.

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Styling updates across the Range Rover Sport line-up include a refreshed grille and new LED headlights. There are two likely powertrains to power the Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV.

The Sport PHEV's batteries can be charged in two hours and 45 minutes when attached to a home wall box, or seven-and-a-half hours from a conventional domestic plug.

A four-cylinder diesel engine represents the entry-level offering, and will cost from £61,315.

The Sport also gets the Velar's steering wheel, together with its touch-sensitive buttons; and while the Sport keeps its stubby gear selector, making do without the rotary dial fitted to the latest Jaguar-Land Rover cars, this is one of the few aspects of the Sport's interior that's been left unchanged.

Out back, the changes are less noticeable but include a body-color lower bumper, a painted rear diffuser, and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system with a chrome finish. Chief among these is a power increase for its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine, which now produces 567bhp - up from 542bhp previously.

The auto maker has dabbled with electric vehicles before, most notably with the Range Rover Hybrid. Claimed fuel use has been rated at 2.8-litres per 100km.


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