The 2023 Range Rover Sport SV is set to make a grand entrance in Australia later this year, promising to be the fastest, best-driving, and most capable Range Rover Sport ever produced. Developed by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the SV incorporates groundbreaking technologies that have never been seen before on an SUV.
This high-performance SUV boasts impressive headline numbers. With a mighty power output of 467kW, a top speed of 290km/h, and a blistering acceleration of 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, the Range Rover Sport SV is a force to be reckoned with. It can even corner at up to 1.1g, a figure that rivals dedicated track-focused sports cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, thanks to its advanced chassis.
Starting at a price of $360,800 plus on-road costs for the EDITION ONE P635, the Range Rover Sport SV aims to rival some of the world’s fastest SUVs in its segment. Its competitors include the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, Aston Martin DBX707, Ferrari Purosangue, and Lamborghini Urus Performante, all capable of hitting 100km/h in 3.3 seconds. While the Cayenne Turbo GT is particularly admired by SVO engineers, the Range Rover Sport SV shares its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with the more affordable BMW X6 M Competition.
Although Land Rover has not explicitly revealed the engine hiding beneath the SV’s bonnet, it is highly likely that it features BMW’s full-fat ‘S63’ V8 engine, which delivers the same impressive power output of 467kW and 750Nm (800Nm in launch control) as the BMW M5 CS. Compared to the lesser BMW ‘N63’ twin-turbo V8 found in the Range Rover Sport P530, the SV version boasts upgraded heads, turbos, and forged internals, resulting in a more potent performance.
Despite being 0.3 seconds slower to reach 100km/h than the Cayenne Turbo GT, Land Rover asserts that the Range Rover Sport SV’s true prowess lies in its all-new 6D Dynamic hydraulically-linked suspension. This cutting-edge system takes inspiration from McLaren’s ProActive Chassis Control and goes beyond the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active stabilizer bar system. By eliminating anti-roll bars, the 6D Dynamic system enables engineers to reduce body roll during cornering and minimize pitch under acceleration and braking without compromising the dual-chamber air suspension’s ride comfort.
Moreover, the 6D Dynamic suspension system can effectively disconnect during off-road adventures, allowing for greater axle articulation and enhanced capability in challenging terrain. This technology is expected to be featured in the upcoming Defender SV as well, highlighting Land Rover’s commitment to delivering exceptional off-road performance.
To optimize performance on the road, the SV sits 10mm lower than the core model and features a Porsche-style ‘staggered’ tire arrangement. The front tires are narrower at 285/40, while the rear tires are wider at 305/35, all wrapped around massive 23-inch wheels. Activating the ‘SV’ paddle on the steering wheel’s third spoke further drops the ride height by 15mm, adds extra wheel camber, and enhances stability during high-speed cornering.
The Range Rover Sport SV also introduces several innovative features. It proudly showcases the world’s first application of 23-inch full carbon-fibre wheels developed by Carbon Revolution. These optional rims not only reduce the vehicle’s weight by 35.6kg but also endure rigorous testing by Land Rover to ensure their strength and reliability. Additionally, the SV comes equipped with Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs and calipers painted in an eye-catching hue, also providing exceptional stopping power.
Visually, the Range Rover Sport SV stands out with its distinct design elements. It retains the elegance and sophistication expected from a Range Rover, but with a sportier and more aggressive twist. The SV features unique front and rear bumpers, larger air intakes, a prominent rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes, all contributing to its dynamic and purposeful appearance. Optional Carbon Edition enhancements are also available, adding carbon-fibre accents to the exterior for an even more striking look.
Inside the cabin, the Range Rover Sport SV offers a luxurious and comfortable environment for both the driver and passengers. Premium materials, including soft leather, wood veneers, and aluminium trim, create an upscale ambiance. The SV features sporty seats with extended bolstering and embossed SV logos, offering excellent support during spirited driving. The state-of-the-art Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with a dual-screen setup provides intuitive control over various vehicle functions.
In summary, the 2023 Range Rover Sport SV is poised to redefine the performance SUV segment with its impressive power, agility, and advanced technologies. With its potent V8 engine, ground-breaking 6D Dynamic suspension system, and a range of high-performance features, the Range Rover Sport SV offers a mature design and enhanced driving experience compared to its predecessor, the Sport SVR. Whether on the road or off the beaten path, this flagship SUV demonstrates Land Rover’s commitment to delivering exceptional performance and capability while maintaining its renowned luxury and refinement.