The Range Rover Sport SVR is a true automotive anomaly, a fully capable SUV equipped with pure sports car performance that doesn't compromise and isn't some kind of ill-conceived crossover. Land Rover is widely acknowledged as the maker of the world's best luxury SUVs, and the Range Rover Sport is a modern icon with DNA derived from the original Land Rover introduced in 1948.
And that's before Land Rover's exclusive Special Vehicle Operations division, which builds everything from bespoke rides for Bond films to exquisitely enhanced versions of their road cars, got their hands on it.
To build the SVR version, the already-enviable Range Rover Sport gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engined good for 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. In layman's terms that translates to 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 176 mph, confirmed in numerous tests.
The noise generated courtesy of all that juice and the sport exhaust is heavenly, and all the more ecstatic because no one expects an SUV to sound this way. Until you hear it, the only clue of the beast that lurks within are the carbon fiber hood, massive air intakes, 21" wheels and red brake calipers, noticeable enough under the right circumstances but otherwise fairly subtle visual cues.
Priced at $113,900 (base), the interior of the Sport SVR is upgraded as well, with performance Windsor leather seats and carbon fiber enhancements leaving no room to mistake the fact that this is one well-bred yet exceedingly muscular machine. And the incredible acceleration is matched by Land Rover's signature weapons-grade off-road capability, while the Range Rover Sport's remarkable agility is in full effect on any surface.
The fastest Land Rover ever built, the SVR is likely still a bit too understated for the likes of Lamborghini Urus buyers, who at any rate have to fork out $200K and up, but for anyone who appreciates its perfectly-pitched British brand of refinement – and we certainly do – it offers more than enough excitement without getting carried away.