Land Rover camouflage can't hide the quad exhaust and massive brakes.
Last month, we caught Land Rover testing a prototype of the new next-generation Range Rover Sport, so it was only a matter of time before our spies spotted the hardcore SVR version being put through its paces.
While the prototype is still fully camouflaged, it's clear that we're looking at the hotter variant: Land Rover can't hide the high-performance SUV's massive brakes and quad exhaust pipes. When it's time for the camouflage to come off, we aren't expecting the design changes to be too drastic. The headlights look slimmer and the horizontal taillights remind us of the Velar.
Sitting at the top of the range, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is expected to use a BMW sourced twin-turbo V8 that will reportedly generate around 600 horsepower. This seems plausible since the same unit that powers the X5 M already produces 625 hp. For comparison, the current Range Rover SVR is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 575 hp and 516 lb-ft.
Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels, this setup enables the high-performance SUV to sprint from 0-60 mph seconds in a brisk 4.3 seconds and max out at 176 mph.
Since it rides on Land Rover's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture, the new Range Rover Sport will also be available with a mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric powertrain. We don't get a look inside the new Range Rover Sport SVR, but spy shots of the regular Range Rover's cabin have shown the interior will be upgraded with a larger touchscreen, a fully digital gauge cluster, and better materials. The SVR version will also be fitted with SVR-branded sports seats.
Since the new regular Range Rover is expected to break cover later this year, the next-generation Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Sport SVR are expected to arrive next year and go on sale for the 2023 model year.