A thin line exists between powerful advertising and showing off, and sometimes an exceptional vehicle can kill two birds with one stone. With 550 hp, the Range Rover Sport SVR is no slouch on the pavement, reaching 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Acceleration on asphalt is relatively easy thanks to an advanced 4WD system, but how does it react to adverse conditions? To prove the potency of the Terrain Response 2 system, Land Rover sent it off road. For the control test, Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby was equipped with timing lights and telemetry that clocked a 4.7 second time.
Test #2 was held at Land Rover Experience Center East of England, which is located on 300 acres surrounding Rockingham Castle. Wet grass can feel like ice if you have an open differential. Turning the dial to Grass/Gravel/Snow slows the action of the throttle at launch and during shifts to prevent wheelspin. All four brake rotors are held in order to pre-load the transfer case. This eliminates any slack in the driveline and makes for a perfect launch. The result is 0-62 mph in only 5.5 seconds. A stone quarry was used for the gravel test, which yielded a blistering 5.3 second time. For snow they went to Jaguar Land Rover’s arctic proving grounds in Arjeplog, Sweden. On a combined surface of snow and ice the SVR reached 62 mph in 11.3 seconds.
A mud run at Land Rover’s 4WD proving grounds made use of the mud/ruts setting. Locking the ride height in raised position and locking the differentials, it jumped across the mire in 6.5 seconds. Carmarthen Bay in South Wales provided was chosen for the sand test. Being the home of the world’s first land speed record in 1924, the SVR was unleashed on the Pendine Sands. When Sand Mode is selected, throttle input is sharpened to reach wide open throttle much faster. Locking the center differential produced a run of 5.5 seconds to 62 mph. More than simply bragging, Land Rover have built a machine to conquer any terrain. So please take a look at what our dealers have to offer and stay with us for more SVR updates.