Refined Brutality: The New Range Rover Sport SV Drives Up More Power
Swapping the in-house supercharged V8 for a twin-turbo mild-hybrid iteration, the newcomer increases the power and delivers a strong design.
JLR has released its new Range Rover Sport SV, with the third-generation model, representing a refined evolution of the bloodline. With a facelift that makes its predecessor, the SVR, appear, ahem, unsophisticated when side-by-side, the new performance model ups the power while increasing the visual appeal via a strong and seamless aesthetic.
The in-house supercharged 5.0-litre V8 has been replaced by a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin-turbo MHEV V8 petrol donk. It means 467kW with 750Nm of twist—an advantage of 44kW and 50Nm over its predecessor. While JLR hasn’t called the Sport SV a ‘super SUV’, it’s certainly worthy of the moniker – accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds and topping out at a respectable 290km/h (putting it in line with the likes of the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus, and new Ferrari Purosangue).
Performance is aided by a wealth of weight-saving measures, including the option of 23-inch carbon fibre wheels and standard-fit aerodynamic enhancements such as a carbon fibre bonnet and a semi-active suspension system that negates the requirement for conventional anti-roll bars. For the first time on a Range Rover, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes with striking eight-piston SV callipers are available to help the Sport SV stop as fast as it starts.
Sitting between 10 to 25mm lower than other Range Rover Sport models—depending on the drive mode selected—the SV’s active suspension is able to deliver a more focused, sportscar-like driving experience.
While still instantly recognisable as part of the Sport bloodline, the SV gets a sleek facelift. The front-end has been fitted with a more pronounced fascia with larger air intakes, smoother lower body sides lend a more streamlined silhouette. Step inside and the Sport SV looks like its predecessors, with the addition of satin carbon fibre-back performance seats with integrated headrests, more sculpted bolsters, and illuminated SV logos on the backrests. There’s also translucent, edge-lit gear shift paddles, with black ceramic for the console shifter, as well as the option of an Ultrafabrics PU interior with a ‘3D Knit to form’ textile.
Part of the British marque’s line-up for next year, the Range Rover Sport SV is initially available by invitation only in an ‘Edition One’ specification boasting exclusive feature combinations, colours, and finishes.
Now available to order, the Range Rover Sport SV is priced from $143,600, the Edition One at $360,800 (plus ORC). Australian deliveries are expected Q4 2024.
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