Another exciting activity taken up by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations department is the SVR badge - that will be slapped to all of the brand’s future performance models. One such creation is the Ranger Rover Sport SVR - the prototype of which, was first spotted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. According to latest reports coming out of Europe, it is understood that the Range Rover Sport SVR has set the fastest lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, becoming the fastest production SUV in the world.
With 542PS of power on tap from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and a host of other upgrades, the RR Sport SVR lapped the 20.8 kilometre-long ‘Green Hell’ circuit in Germany in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The record-setting run was set by Land Rover driver during the SVR’s testing schedule at the ‘Ring. Land Rover claims that the lap was set using a production-spec car that is able to sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in mere 4.5 seconds.
Land Rover’s engineer chief, Mike Cross remarked, “The Nurburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment.”
In the international markets, the Range Rover Sport SVR is expected to hit the showroom floors in 2015 and will go head on with the likes of BMW M5 and Porsche Cayenne SUV.