The yearly bacchanal of the world’s wealthiest automotive enthusiasts, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is fast approaching. Which means luxury automakers will be teasing some of their most exciting vehicles this week, hoping to attract the attention (and wallets) of the uber-rich. So it’s little surprise that Land Rover, makers of the de rigeur SUV for luxury buyers, is unveiling one of the most exciting vehicles in its storied history.
Created under Land Rover’s cloak-work Special Vehicle Operations unit, the Range Rover Sport SVR will become the fastest, most powerful Range Rover ever made. Using a newly supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine, the SVR will generate 550-horsepower — or 40 horses more than their standard high-performance Supercharged effort. With improved suspension, Active Roll Control and reworked 8-speed transmission, the SVR will hit 162 mph while clocking a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds — a blazing speed for a large SUV. But it’s more than just a big engine, as the 8-minute/14-second clip the SVR ran the famed Nurburgring in can attest. Other niceties of the Range Rover Sport SVR include Brembo brakes, 21” wheels, more aggressive body work and colors exclusive to the SVR model. Of course, seeing as it’s a Range Rover you can still expect the Sport SVR to tackle almost any off-road challenge you throw its way. The SVR will hit showrooms this fall, with a starting price tag of $110,475.