Can't wait for the new SVR? This tuned Range Rover Sport may be for you.
German tuner Manhart Performance has unveiled its SV650 super SUV, based on the all-new Range Rover Sport. As you would expect, it's a symphony of black and gold, but the tuned Range Rover is so much more than its extroverted exterior. There are some serious performance capabilities hidden beneath the imposing styling.
As standard, the Sport V8 is a mighty brute. The turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 in the P530 produces 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, which is more muscle than most people would ever need. But Manhart caters to those for whom enough is not enough. Thanks to the addition of an MHtronik powerbox, the Range Rover now produces an incredible 653 horses and 664 lb-ft. That signature V8 growl is amplified by the fitment of Manhart's custom exhaust system.
While Manhart hasn't shared any performance data, the fettled Range Rover Sport P530 is more potent than the now-defunct SVR derivative.
Manhart has also lowered the SV650 by 1.18 inches, which provides the large SUV with a more sporting stance. This has been achieved with the fitment of coupling rods. Aside from the shocking color, the 24-inch forged wheels look great and fill the arches beautifully. Thick 295/35 tires should keep the Range Rover glued to the road.
The golden accents may not have widespread appeal, but that hasn't stopped Manhart from giving it the Midas touch. Stripes flow over the hood, roof, and tailgate, as well as down the sides of the vehicle. Aside from the oval 'Land Rover' logo on the radiator grille, there are no traces of the British brand.
Manhart has replaced the factory badging and lettering with its emblems. The auric elements can be found on the front and rear fascias and the mirror caps. It's rather loud but nowhere near as bad as the vulgar Vogue RV650.
Manhart Performance hasn't tampered with the interior, and that's perfectly fine, as the cabin of the Range Rover Sport is a great place to be. Black leather, rich textiles, and forged carbon fiber work together beautifully, creating a high-end ambiance for front and rear passengers.
When Manhart first previewed the SV650 earlier this year, the company said it would build just 10 examples of this overly powerful luxury SUV. There's no mention of this in the latest update, but we expect Manhart will keep this vehicle exclusive.
As such, we expect it will carry a monstrous price tag. If you're not prepared to wait for the latest Range Rover Sport SVR (which will be revealed on May 31), this is a great compromise - hopefully, you can opt to remove the gold trimmings. Equally rare - but even more powerful - is the MHX5 700, a BMW X5 M-based vehicle with a whopping 730 hp.
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