How do you make big-bulky intimidating luxury SUV even more desirable? Just make it more powerful, says an enthusiast. JLR strategised this problem by revealing the SV trim of its Range Rover Sport SUV globally. The SV is the performance-oriented variant of the Sport and replaces the older SVR trim. Range Rove Sport SV might be the last generation of final new combustion cars as JLR is in the transformation phase wherein the new age EVs will replace the existing models.
JLR has used expensive weight-saving measures to make it comparatively lighter, as it has an optional carbon fibre bonnet, brakes and wheels. The stance is still quite intimidating, capable of ruling the road like an undefeated king. It features a new front bumper, side skirts and a newly designed rear bumper housing four exhaust pipes. If you opt for carbon fibre alloys, you can save almost 9 kg per corner – a total of 35.6 kg. “New Range Rover Sport SV’s clean and reductive design amplifies its dramatic proportions and sporting personality.”, defines Prof. Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, JLR.
Just like the outside, the interior is also quite luxurious and appealing to affluent buyers as it gets exclusive satin carbon fibre-backed SV Performance Seats feature integrated headrests, more sculpted bolsters and illuminated SV logos on their backrests. A new Ultrafabrics PU interior is available, with lightweight, seamless, ‘3D Knit to form’ textile. The dashboard layout gets a 13.1-inch floating glass screen with a newly designed gear shifter beneath it. The steering wheel gets an SV mode button that optimises the steering, suspension, and throttle response upon selection.
Here is the heart of the matter - THE engine. Range Rover Sport SV gets a mild-hybrid twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine churning out 620 bhp and 750 Nm of peak torque, almost 59 bhp and 100 Nm more than the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR’s Supercharged 5.0-litre V8. The SUV can go from 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 290 kmph. And it does all this even being bitted more forgivable to nature as the CO2 emissions are also 15% lower than the previous model.
Range Rover Sport SV gets developed chassis components, including a new rear subframe and new suspension links with revised geometry and compliance. JLR claims that a new electronically power-assisted steering rack has the fastest ratio of any Range Rover to date. It also gets a 6D Dynamics suspension system which is a world-first combination of interlinked hydraulic dampers, height-adjustable air springs and pitch control. This semi-active system removes the need for conventional anti-roll bars, thus reducing pitch and roll to maintain a near-level body stance during extreme cornering and acceleration while also reducing weight, increasing grip, and benefiting comfort and refinement.