“Performance” and “SUVs” are two words that probably shouldn’t go together, but some automakers have decided to venture into this segment and have surprisingly done quite well. Case in point: meet the all-new 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. The perfect SUV for your Redondo Beach excursion.
Based on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the SVR model will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new, high-performance SVR badge. This isn’t just any sports utility vehicle, this is a sports utility vehicle that was tested on the Nurburgring track in Germany and ended up performing better than some of the world’s best sports cars to circle the circuit. So what happens when you drop an extremely fast supercharged V8 engine into a Range Rover Sport? Well, let’s find out!
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Exterior:
Now, this isn’t just any Range Rover Sport model – this is the highest-performing and the most powerful Range Rover to ever exist. Designed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, the Range Rover Sport SVR makes a strong statement when it comes to exterior design.
Based on the new Range Rover Sport we’ve all come to know and love, the Range Rover Sport SVR gets a bunch of exterior design enhancements to make it look tougher and meaner. Getting you more attention along Rodeo Drive.
The design changes start off at the front bumper, which features muscular trapezoidal air intakes, dark Range Rover lettering on the hood with revised air vents, and a new grille sporting a dark finish highlighted by Land Rover’s signature LED headlamps. Along the side of the Range Rover Sport SVR is a new fender and a newly designed vent to allow for more cooling when this V8 supercharged beast heats up. On the back you’ll see a new rear bumper with a glossy black diffuser, quad exhaust pipes, and a spoiler that is mounted right on the roof which helps reduce lift.
Our Range Rover Sport SVR test model came completely blacked out, which gave it an even more menacing look than it already has. There is an Estoril Blue color which is exclusive to the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Dimensions wise, the Range Rover Sport SVR sits on a wheelbase that measures 115 inches with a length that measures 191 inches, a width that measures 42.2 inches, and a height that stands at 70 inches.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Interior:
Take a seat inside the Range Rover Sport SVR and you’ll definitely find a lot of similarities with the Range Rover Sport – however, everything is much sportier and is more enhanced for performance.
The interior is differentiated with SVR badged leather sports seats, although they still feel very comfortable. Even the rear seats carry a sport theme and pay respect to the front sport seats. All the seats are finished in luxurious Oxford leather with ribbed, quilted centers and Ebony Black top stitching. What about space? Don’t worry, this performance SUV does not compromise space – the model still features 60/40 folding capability that opens up an outstanding 62.2 cubic feet of space for cargo.
When it comes to interior technology and options, the top-of-the-line 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR comes basically fully-loaded with a Meridian Sound System, navigation which is housed in an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, rear-view-camera, keyless entry, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and much more. When it comes to loading this beast up, you can add things like blind-spot monitoring, heated steering wheel, three- or four-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, soft close doors, and more.
Overall, the interior of the 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR is a very nice place to be. There is a feeling of luxury, but – more than anything – you will feel as though you’re sitting in something very exclusive and very special as you cruise around Rolling Hills.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Performance:
This is where the 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR shines to no end. Power comes from a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine making 550 horsepower and 502 lb.ft. of torque. Mated to an advanced ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive chassis, the Range Rover Sport SVR can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph. Range Rover took the Sport SVR to the Nurburgring where it recorded a lap time of 8 minutes 14 seconds.
While this is an SUV that is capable of off-roading through some outlandish terrains, it is a performance monster. Land Rover took to the Nurburgring for the performance tuning of the Range Rover Sport SVR. At the track, it underwent 1,000 laps of the legendary circuit that features 13 miles of challenging twists and turns, extreme crests, and high-speed straights.
The Range Rover Sport is already known for its high levels of comfort and extremely agile handling, but the Range Rover Sport SVR takes handling to the next level. Working with air springs and Active Dynamics continuously variable dampers, the two-channel Active-Roll Control (ARC) enhances high-performance stability – so yes, while this is an SUV and you may feel uncomfortable driving at high-speeds and taking fast turns, the Range Rover Sport SVR offers a feeling of control and balance throughout.
What about fuel economy? Well, if you would really like to know how much this giant V8 performance SUV sips when it comes to fuel – we’ll tell you – but don’t get scared. The 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14/19 mpg* (city/highway) or 16 mpg* combined.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Safety:
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR comes standard with a full array of safety features, including front- and side-curtain airbags, electronic traction and stability control and an adjustable speed limiter. There are other safety features you can add on including parallel park assist, surround camera system, blind spot monitor, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, and more. Ample safety and visibility for your Los Angeles commute down the 110 or across the I5 corridor.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Overall:
This is the fastest Land Rover ever and it is the fastest Range Rover ever. The model goes head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, BMW X5M/X6M, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, and more. However, the 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR provides a ride and an exhilarating engine sound that is like pure music to the ears. If you’re looking for appeal and theatrics, the $110,475** Range Rover Sport SVR is definitely a car you must put on your list while visiting the AutoNation-owned Land Rover South Bay or your near by AutoNation Land Rover dealer.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.