The Range Rover SV is more potent and even more exclusive than before.
Land Rover has announced two new engines and an SV Bespoke commissioning service for the Range Rover.
The new powertrain options include the P550e and a twin-turbo V8 mild-hybrid, which is exclusive to SV models. Landy's new P550e joins the existing P440e plug-in hybrid and is based around the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder Ingenium gas engine.
While the P440e's inline-six is helped along by a 105-kW electric motor, the P550e gets a 160-kW unit, which takes the combined output up to 598 horsepower. That's precisely 100 hp more than the P440e and, even more impressive, 11 hp more than what used to be the top-spec V8.
Thanks to the power increase, the P550e can get to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The claimed all-electric range is 51 miles, less than the P440e, but still more than enough to go gas-free during the average daily commute.
The Range Rover SV's BMW-sourced V8 has been equipped with mild-hybrid technology for the first time, resulting in a power output of 598 hp and 553 lb-ft. That's a zero percent increase in torque but a nice 75-hp bump in power.
Oddly, BMW also introduced a mild-hybrid version of this engine for the first time when it facelifted the X5/X6, but the power output remained unchanged at 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Land Rover most likely did a software tweak to keep the SV the most powerful model in the range.
According to Land Rover's website, the model designation for the MHEV twin-turbo V8 is P615, which sounds more impressive than P530 (the standard non-assisted V8 model).
The new SV Bespoke commissioning service is available to SV and Autobiography clients, much like the mid-tier Bentley customization program. Customers now have access to 391 interior material colors and 230 exterior hues. Paint-to-sample is also now available if clients wish to match the exterior of their custom-bred Shetland Pony.
Land Rover also used the opportunity to update the electric body roll technology, and the actuators can now apply up to 1,033 lb-ft of torque to each axle. Adaptive Off-Road Cruise control has been added to the well-known Terrain Response 2 system, allowing drivers to choose one of four progress settings as they focus only on steering the car.
Finally, Country Road Assist is an adaptive cruise control system for gravel roads. The car will use input from the navigation system to adjust the speed accordingly.
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