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Range Rover Sport SVR revealed, on sale in Australia Q2 2015

Land Rover has pulled the wraps of the awesome new Range Rover Sport SVR high-performance SUV. It’s being labelled as the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever made.

Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR is the first model to wear an SVR badge and could help spawn a range of other SVR models in the future. It’s built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, which has been set up to provide unique options and accessories for a range of models.

As we found out a couple of weeks ago, the Range Rover Sport SVR has posted an impressive lap time around the Nurburgring, completing the arduous circuit in 8:14. This is a world record for a production SUV.

Part of this awesome performance is thanks to the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 sitting under the bonnet that produces 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque. It’s able to propel the big beast from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 260km/h.

Range Rover Sport SVR-rear

Aside from the engine, the suspension and chassis have also been tweaked to cope with higher demands of the driver. Not that the all-new aluminium chassis needs any sort of tuning; it’s already up to 420kg lighter than the predecessor’s chassis.

To help the SVR be heard before it is seen there is a special two-stage active exhaust. Electronic actuators automatically swap the flow modes to provide either a racecar-inspired V8 roar or a more refined burble when driven steadily.

Other highlights include 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/45 all-season tyres, or optional 22-inch items wearing 295/40 Continental SportContact 5 tyres, various aerodynamic tweaks to help with cooling and efficiency, as well as a bespoke interior with sports seats.

The SVR will go on sale in Australia during the second quarter of 2015. Prices are yet to be announced.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.