New Range Rover Sport SVR And Plug-In Hybrid Option Unveiled

Posted October 05, 2017

"When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design", said Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern.

"September was a strong month for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S. with both brands powered by demand for our newest SUV models, the Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar", said Joe Eberhardt, JLR's North America CEO.

Nick Collins, vehicle line director at JLR, said: "The new Range Rover Sport strikes a compelling balance between dynamic capability, passenger comfort and efficiency".

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The updated Rangie Sport range isn't only about being green, however; a new SVR variant ups power to 423kW with a brisk 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds. We'll have to wait until the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show to see what Land Rover has planned for the new Road Rover range. The interior has also been reworked and the main feature is a pair of 10-inch touchscreens for the infotainment and vehicle control system that help create a more simplistic design. No doubt the new Range Rover Sport SVR would do an admirable job of both compared to, say, a Porsche Boxter S, but this particular SUV is made to compete on pavement. This, in turn, leads to a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate of just 13% - the second lowest bracket available. Land Rover says the SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds and run to a top speed of 137 miles per hour.

EV (Electric Vehicle) mode - enables the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys.

Coming as part of a raft of updates to the Range Rover Sport line-up, the 404PS plug-in version - dubbed the P400e in a new naming structure being adopted by the brand - claims a potential electric-driven range of 31 miles, 101mpg on the combined fuel cycle and 64g/km Carbon dioxide emissions. With a regular 10 amp source, the same will take 7 hours 30 minutes using the supplied cable.

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Land Rover achieved its best ever September, up 14%, to 6,407 cars, with strong sales across the Range Rover family.

The 237bhp 2.0-litre diesel, 302bhp 3.0-litre diesel, 334bhp 4.4-litre diesel, 335bhp supercharged V6 petrol and 518bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engines will continue to be offered, though (understandably given the P400e PHEV's arrival), the diesel electric hybrid will no longer be offered.

The Range Rover Sport SVR remains the supercar-SUV it's always been, but this model also benefits from enhancements for 2018.

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The updated Range Rover Sport is available to order now, priced from £61,315.