Read the complete story on the Range Rover Sport SVR at AutoGuide.comRange Rover has long pushed the limits of what an SUV can do in the wilderness, but it’s latest model is setting new levels of performance on a different sort of off-road excursion.
The British manufacturer has announced its upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR has set a new lap record at the Nurburgring (for SUVs), with a time of just 8 minutes and 14 seconds.
To put that into perspective, that’s just 20 seconds off the fastest time for a sedan, set by the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
Along with other upgrades the SVR model also boasts a tuned 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which makes 39 hp more than the standard model for a total of 542 hp.
Better yet, Land Rover claims its Range Rover Sport SVR’s on-track performance doesn’t compromise it’s off-road capability.
“The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners,” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity for Land Rover. “We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities.”