Chris Miller road tests and reviews the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is an epic machine. Sitting at the top of the Range Rover Sport range it’s the fastest Range Rover ever made.
It’s also the fastest SUV ever to lap the Nürburgring!
While it’s fast, the Range Rover Sport SVR is still a proper luxury car and unbelievably, a proper off-roader.
The ride is second to none, it’s quiet and you’re pampered by swathes of high quality leather and carbon fibre. The interior is cavernous, offering one of the largest cargo areas in its class.
The cabin is a lesson in understated elegance. The heated SVR embossed seats are endlessly adjustable and supremely comfortable. The digital dash is beautiful to look at and completely functional. The central screen is large, but cluttered and messy and not as easy to operate as it should be.
The multimedia interface is about the only negative, that and the thirst the Range Rover Sport SVR has for premium unleaded. Official figures state 13.4 litres per 100km, the best I could do was 15.9 litres per 100km with an average of 17.9 litres per 100km.
The options list also detracts from the points tally, you need to spend extra $1420 to get blind spot monitoring, a standard feature on the current Commodore SV6 for $36,790.
With an asking price of $224.100 before options and on road costs, it strikes me that those buying the Range Rover Sport SVR won’t be all that concerned with fuel consumption or having to pay through the nose for added extras.
They will however be acutely in awe of the performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Powered by a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 developing 405kW and 680Nm, the SVR sprints to 100km/h in an astonishing 4.7 seconds, accompanied by a soundtrack matched only by an F-TYPE Jaguar.
The sheer speed of the SVR can be intimidating if you’re not prepared for it, and it’s a machine that will chew through demerit points on your licence if you’re not careful.
The handling is remarkable: poised, confident and unflappable. It corners like it’s on rails, an amazing achievement considering the height and bulk of this car.
Even more remarkable is the Range Rovers off-road ability. It will devour rutted mountain tracks and could probably climb Mt Kosciusko without batting an eyelid, all while carrying its occupants in pampered luxury.
The Range Rover Sport SVR looks fantastic inside and out and should be at the top of the list for anyone who has recently won lotto or who owns a mining company.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR
Engine: 5.0 litre supercharged V8 producing 405kW and 680Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: 3 years/100,000 km
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: From $224,100
More from Behind the Wheel...