Our dedicated team of spy photographers recently caught up with a rather interesting car from Land Rover. At first we thought it was just a long wheelbase Range Rover version that was simply wearing some camo the driver refused to take off. However, once we got a look at the rear bumper we were shocked.
Not one, not two but four tailpipes were spotted to our sudden surprise. Could this mean that Land Rover is working on a SVR version of the Range? Could very well be a possibility.
At the moment, the most powerful version of the Range Rover L already uses a supercharged 5-liter V8 capable of sending 510 HP and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque to all four corners of the car. Thanks to the advanced lightweight construction that kept the huge SUV’s weight in check and the all-wheel drive traction, the car can do 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 5.8 seconds.
That’s more than respectable considering this model wasn’t designed to break land speed world records but rather to offer luxury and comfort aplenty. That’s also why creating an SVR version doesn’t really make sense.
The long wheelbase Range Rover measures 5,276 mm (207.7 inches) in length and is 4,760 mm (187.4 in) wide and that puts it in a whole different class, one that doesn’t really pay attention to drag races of going fast around the Nurburgring. It’s also tipping the scale close to the 3 ton limit, despite heavy usage of aluminum in its construction.
What would the SVR upgrade bring?
If Land Rover is actually testing an SVR version here, then the Range would get the same 5-liter V8 supercharged engine but tuned to make 40 extra horsepower and 55 more Nm of twist, bringing the total to 550 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque.
Other than the engine upgrade, the ‘hardcore’ model would also get a better, stiffer suspension, new dampers and springs, all in the hopes of making it more stable at higher speeds. The sprint time to 100 km/h (62 mph) would also be improved but not drastically anyway, bringing it probably closer to 5.5 seconds.
No matter what we say and how ludicrous it may seem right now, the photos are not lying. The car spied here has four tailpipes at the back which very well points out to an SVR model. Whether we’ll get to see it make production or not, it’s probably only up to how it fares on the track.