Rover runs rings around Ger­man race­track

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

A RANGE Rover Sport SVR has lapped the fa­mous Nord­schleife cir­cuit at the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many in 8 min­utes, 14 sec­onds, mak­ing it the fastest pro­duc­tion SUV around the no­to­ri­ous track.

The feat was car­ried out by a Land Rover driver test­ing a stan­dard pro­duc­tion ex­am­ple of the new per­for­mance flag­ship.

The SVR, which made its dy­namic de­but at the re­cent Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed in June re­turneded to the Nur­bur­gring to con­tinue an ex­haus­tive test­ing sched­ule. The SVR is pow­ered by an up­dated ver­sion of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre su­per­charged V8 en­gine, which has been tuned to de­liver 404kW – a 29kW in­crease over the ex­ist­ing V8 su­per­charged de­riv­a­tive.

The han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics of the SVR have been honed on the de­mand­ing Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife be­cause the un­du­lat­ing cir­cuit’s chal­leng­ing lay­out rep­re­sents the ul­ti­mate test for high per­for­mance ve­hi­cles.

Devel­op­ment of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been car­ried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions team.

The Range Rover Sport SVR fea­tures a twin-speed trans­fer case to pro­vide a choice of high and low gear ra­tios and the same 850mm wad­ing depth as other mod­els in the line-up.

The Range Rover SporSport SVR will ar­rive here e in 2015.

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