2023 Range Rover Sport SV price and specifications confirmed

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Range Rover Sport SV is introduced as the most powerful model ever in the line-up.

The Range Rover Sport’s performance flagship SV has arrived as the fastest and most powerful production Range Rover yet, offering supercar performance at 2560kg thanks to a 467kW 4.4-litre V8.

Called the SV – dropping the ‘R’ suffix of the previous car – it is the latest project from JLR’s Special Vehicles team and is “the most dynamic and technologically advanced” version of the sports SUV yet.

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The new Range Rover Sport SV Edition One is available to order now in Australia, priced from $360,800 before on-road costs and with first deliveries expected from Q4 2023.

Based on the latest-generation Range Rover Sport, the new halo SV is one of Land Rover’s final new combustion cars. JLR, under its Reimagine transformation plan, will launch a Range Rover EV next year, before the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar go electric from 2025.

Pushing out 467kW from a 4.4-litre BMW-sourced engine, which is twin-turbocharged and mildly hybridised, the SV trumps the previous SVR’s 404kW, achieved from a supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

With peak torque of 750Nm (briefly available under launch control conditions), the SV can go from 0-100km/h in 3.8sec, and all the way to 290km/h. It drives four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are subtle design changes over the P530 model, including wider front and rear tracks, increased camber, a new front bumper and grille treatment, side skirts, and a rear bumper with four round exhausts said to be more “honest” than the previous SVR’s square tailpipes.

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The new front treatment is partly necessitated by the increased cooling requirements of the V8 engine – and the brakes. For the first time on a Land or Range Rover, Special Vehicles is offering carbon-ceramic brakes with eight-piston calipers – standard on the limited-run launch-edition model – as well as the first carbonfibre wheels in 23-inch offered by an OEM.

Fitted with the optional carbonfibre wheels (saving 36kg) and carbon-ceramic brakes (34kg lighter), the car’s unsprung mass is reduced by 70kg over the regular Sport, says Special Vehicles. With standard cast-iron rotors and forged alloy wheels, also 23-inch, the car’s unladen weight is 2560kg.

A carbonfibre bonnet is also optional, as is carbonfibre or carbon-look detailing both inside and outside. The front splitter is customer-removable to improve the car’s approach angle and it retains Land Rover’s off-road-centric Terrain Response system.

The towing capacity is the same 3500kg as the standard Sport. The chassis is a development of the P530 model’s, although it sits 10mm lower.

Like all current Sports it features air suspension, but making its debut on the SV is a linked hydraulic system. Unlike other hydraulic damping set-ups such as those on McLarens, the unit isn’t just diagonally linked across the car but also directly linked left-right, and front-rear, to help contain both pitch and roll movements.

As a result, there are no mechanical anti-roll bars and, says Special Vehicles, the system is incredibly powerful. An active 48V mechanical anti-roll bar system is claimed to be able to put a total force of 1600Nm into roll control.

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