A faster, lighter version of Range Rover Sport SVR would be the SUV equivalent of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
With a 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds, the newly-facelifted Range Rover Sport SVR is no slouch, but there’s still room for improvement. Weighing in at 5,093 pounds, the SUV would certainly benefit from losing some weight to make the high-performance SUV even more potent. Fortunately, it turns out Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division is planning to put the Range Rover Sport SVR on an extensive diet to make it lighter and faster.
In an interview with Australia’s Motoring, Ben Verrecchia, lead vehicle engineer for the Sport SVR program, revealed that powerful carbon-ceramic disc brakes could be on the menu as part of the Range Rover Sport SVR’s weight-loss regime. This would help shed 53 pounds off the sporty SUV but applying the new brake system won’t be easy. “The problem is we can’t just bolt on the carbon-ceramic brakes and components from the F-Type,” Verrecchia explained. “We’d have to start from scratch and then also develop another two chassis tunes for the lighter brakes.” Land Rover’s SVO division is also considering stripping out the interior and removing the rear bench to extract more performance.
Stripped-out Range Rover Sport SVR mules with two seats and a roll cage are already being tested, according to Verrecchia. “I think those cars could provide the basis for an even faster, lighter SVR in the future,” he said. A hardcore version of the Range Rover Sport SVR would essentially be the SUV equivalent of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a limited edition, track-tuned sedan that also adopted drastic weight-saving measures like removing the rear seats to gain more performance. If SVO does produce a faster and lighter version of the Range Rover Sport SVR, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s used to attempt a new SUV Nurburgring lap record.
Back in 2014, the Range Rover Sport SVR set a new lap record at the Green Hell, but it’s since been beaten by the Porsche Cayenne S and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which currently holds the title. An SVO-tuned Range Rover Sport SVR could reclaim the crown, but it will probably face stiff competition from the Lamborghini Urus and the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. In the meantime, Land Rover was recently caught testing the upcoming Range Rover Velar SVR, which is expected to break cover later this year packing the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the F-Pace SVR with 540 hp on tap.