This is the new Range Rover Sport SV, which is the British automaker’s latest entry into the competitive world of high-performance luxury SUVs. Dubbed the most powerful Range Rover ever, the SV continues the Range Rover that came before it.tradition of bringing a lot of grunt, though it’s packaged in a more subtle way.
Based on the currentDebuting last year, the SV features a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine also used in the . In the SV, the engine is upgraded to deliver 635bhp and 750Nm, which is 60bhp and 50Nm more than the old SVR which used a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 575bhp and 700Nm. .
Other drivetrain elements include an eight-speed automatic transmission, an all-wheel drive system, all-wheel steering, torque vectoring via braking and an active locking rear differential, with Range Rover Configurable Dynamics on hand. to set specific settings for each. system.
There’s also a mild hybrid system, so peak torque can be temporarily increased to 800Nm when dynamic launch mode is engaged, allowing the SV to go from 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) in a mere 3.6 seconds, as well as reaching a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph). For good measure, the MHEV V8 emits 15% less CO2 compared to the previous SVR V8.
To keep the big SUV in check when cornering, the SV’s chassis gets a new rear subframe and suspension links with revised geometry and compliance. The electronically assisted steering rack also has the fastest ratio of any Range Rover to date, and the vehicle travels 10mm lower than other Range Rover Sport variants, with a further 15mm lowering when in SV mode.
The biggest news, though, is the installation of 6D Dynamics, which makes the height-adjustable air springs supported by a combination of hydraulically linked shocks. This semi-active system not only controls roll without the need for anti-roll bars, but also, for the first time in the world, pitch and dive.
According top team, the 6D Dynamics system uses 25 meters of hydraulic pipes containing fluid at 35 bar of pressure, which increases to 53 bar when the car is in SV mode. This can be increased to 140 bar during hard cornering and even higher to 270 bar when landing from a jump.
The hydraulic system can deliver the equivalent of 2,300Nm of torque when cornering and 4,000Nm under pitch to keep the SUV as flat as possible, which is significantly more compared to a 48-volt active anti-roll bar that’s capable of 1,500Nm.
Other initiatives to make the SV behave include the fitting of 305-section rear tyres, which are a first for a Range Rover, while the front is 285-section rubber. In the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4, the company says the SV will generate 1.1g of lateral acceleration, which is a 22% increase over the previous SVR, while also being comparable to focused sports cars. the nameless track
Even with all these handling tricks, the SV still weighs around 2.5 tons. As such, the company has implemented some weight reduction measures to lighten the SUV, including fitting the world’s first 23-inch carbon fiber wheels on a production car to reduce unsprung weight by 35.6kg. . Brembo carbon ceramic brakes add to this by trimming another 34kg and feature eight-piston front calipers, which is another biggest thing ever fitted to a Range Rover.
Another lightweight component is the carbon fiber hood that has been redesigned to be part of the aerodynamic improvements made to the SV. Other exterior changes include a new front bumper that has more prominent air intakes to promote cooling and airflow, while emphasizing the width of the vehicle. Out back, carbon-accented quad exhausts serve as a reminder to others that you’re in for something that’s pretty drag race-fast.
Inside, you’ll find SV Performance seats with illuminated logos and lots of BASS. The latter is an acronym for ‘Body and Soul Seat’, and Range Rover says the SV is the first production vehicle to feature SUBPAC’s Touch Audio system.
The idea is to create a more immersive way to feel your music by having transducers in the front seatbacks to generate vibrations in sync with the music played through the 29-speaker, 1430-watt Meridian sound system. In addition to balancing your back, the system also takes your well-being into account by influencing heart rate variability (HRV), the variation in time between each heartbeat, with six specially developed tracks that affect passengers’ HRV.
In its first year of production, the Range Rover Sport SV will only be offered in Edition One specification, which can only be ordered by selected customers invited by Range Rover. This version represents “a curation of the best combinations of features, colors and finishes,” the company says.