542-HP 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR to Debut at Goodwood

Land Rover is finally showing off its new high-powered 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, and the 542-hp (550 PS) super SUV will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A camouflaged 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will traverse the famous Goodwood Hill in front of spectators this weekend. Judging by the video Land Rover posted of the SVR bombing through the demonic twists and turns of the Nürburgring, it should be one hell of a show.

According to Land Rover, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful model it has ever produced. In the video, Jaguar Land Rover’s Nürburgring Test Centre manager Phil Talboys explains some of the fine-tuning that the development team worked on to bring the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR up to snuff. Although we still have few details on the 542-hp powertrain, Talboys says that the team tuned the vehicle's anti-roll system for faster and flatter cornering, as well as altering the all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission for extreme performance. Presumably, the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will get a wrung-out version of the Sport’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8; that engine is used in every high-performance Jaguar Land Rover product, including the limited-run F-Type Project 7.

Engineered under the auspices of the newly minted Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division, the Range Rover Sport SVR will also wave the SVR banner for “all future high-performance models” to come. It remains to be seen whether the switch to an SVR suffix means the demise of the high-performance R-S badge, which has adorned past Jaguar Land Rover products like the Jaguar XKR-S GT. It's clear, however, this won't be the last high-performance car from the Special Operations team.

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