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.
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.
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.