Driven - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL RE­VEAL -

It stirred me in such a way that, when driv­ing it, I was nearly over­come with a sting­ing emo­tion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion as to what Range Rover has achieved with its sporti­est of Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cles – oh and that sonorous 5.0-litre su­per­charged V8 also had some­thing to do with it.

A FA­MIL­IAR CHO­RUS

Like most mas­ter­pieces, how­ever, it is be­gin­ning to age. De­ter­mined to not is­sue it into the ar­chives just yet, Range Rover has given the SVR a bit of an Au­to­tune work over with some wel­come modern touches, re­freshed the cover art, and wisely kept that V8 cho­rus that evokes such emo­tion.

New is 22” gloss black wheels, car­bon fi­bre el­e­ments that are promi­nently fea­tured on the bon­net with more sub­tle touches on the grille, mir­ror hous­ings, and even a car­bon fi­bre en­gine cover. The front bumper de­sign also re­ceived an up­date that Range Rover says lends the SVR an even more as­sertive ap­pear­ance, with vents de­signed to im­prove brake cool­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the car­maker, there are also new per­for­mance brake pads and new discs that pro­vide en­hanced per­for­mance at higher tem­per­a­tures, en­sur­ing less fade dur­ing dy­namic driv­ing.

Well, con­cern­ing that last one; while the brakes ran hot fol­low­ing a stint of spir­ited driv­ing with the pre­vi­ous SVR, I can’t re­call that I ever had any is­sues with a loss in brak­ing per­for­mance – de­spite the de­mand­ing task of reel­ing this mas­sive SUV in, once it has reached its crescendo.

IN­TE­RIOR PITCH

As you’d ex­pect, the in­te­rior is still very much in tune with the brand’s in­her­ent el­e­gance, although with a sporty tem­per­a­ment. From the il­lu­mi­nated

SVR Car­bon-branded door­sills, to the SVR seats (shav­ing 30 kg from the stan­dard seats) wrapped in lux­u­ri­ous Wind­sor leather with the sig­na­ture SVR logo that fea­tures promi­nently on the head­rests. Alu­minium sports ped­als also make an ap­pear­ance, but since the new SVR was re­vealed dig­i­tally, we can’t speak to how this com­ple­ments the car’s over­all char­ac­ter. sec­onds. Although as­tound­ing, the per­for­mance is sec­ondary to the car’s rau­cous note that makes you clasp your hands to­gether in ad­mi­ra­tion.

LAST WORD

The re­lease of the Range Rover Sport SVR Car­bon Edi­tion is sched­uled for the fourth quar­ter of 2020, with pric­ing that will also be an­nounced closer to its of­fi­cial launch date.

From an ob­server’s point of view, it seems that Range Rover is strum­ming the right chords with its new spe­cial edi­tion. And if I were to use the last metaphor, only time will tell whether it’s a wor­thy en­core to the SVR that res­onated so well with me.

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