Fast Velar is coming
New performance flagship will go on sale in October priced from just under £100k
A 542bhp V8 for SVR version
Land Rover will launch an Svr-badged performance version of its Range Rover Velar later this year to take on the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-amg GLE 63 Coupé.
The Velar SVR is part of a growing stable of models from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division that are seen as important for both boosting profitability and expanding brand reach.
The upcoming model is due to go on sale in the UK in October and will supplant the 375bhp P380 as the flagship Velar. It will use a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, also used in the Range Rover Sport SVR.
As such, the V8 motor is expected to channel 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque to the Velar’s wheels via an eightspeed automatic gearbox.
That output would leave it short on muscle compared with the X6 M and GLE 63 Coupé, but the aluminium-based Velar SVR will weigh around 400kg less than its competitors, ensuring a 0-62mph time of about 4.2sec. This would rank the Velar directly alongside the BMW and Mercedes-amg.
New spy pictures of a nearly production-ready development car, caught close to Land Rover’s Gaydon headquarters, show that SVO’S engineers are finalising the Velar’s set-up. Development cars were spotted testing at the Nürburgring late last year, suggesting a track-honed performance setting has been developed for the car’s air suspension to reduce body roll and enhance highspeed stability.
Visually, the changes applied to the SVR version of the Velar are discreet. Beneath the camouflage, the development car’s rear bumper looks to have gained a diffuser between two new exhaust exits and it also has new, lighter wheels. Inside, the SVR is expected to feature more deeply bolstered seats.
Land Rover stablemate Jaguar is preparing an F-pace SVR, which is due on roads this June and will find itself in a similar category to the Velar SVR. The hot F-pace is tipped to get the same V8 but in a more potent, F-type SVR spec, so it will produce 567bhp and give the car a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec.
Despite their similarities, the F-pace SVR and Velar SVR will focus on different areas of the market. The Jaguar will prioritise on-road performance and the Velar will retain more of its off-road ability – necessary traits to ensure they don’t hijack each other’s sales.
Prices for the Velar SVR are expected to start at just under £100,000. This would make the performance variant about £25,000 more expensive than the current top Velar, the 375bhp R-dynamic HSE P380.
Velar SVR is tipped to cover 0-62mph in around 4.2sec