The next Range Rover Sport SVR could be losing its supercharged V8, but it’ll still feature a powerful bent-eight engine and aggressive looks.
It’s expected to be revealed before the end of 2022.
Unlike previous spied prototypes, this particular Range Rover Sport SVR has been spied with its production front bumper.
It’s a different, more aggressive unit with a number of large air intakes and a low front lip.
This next-generation Range Rover Sport SVR will still receive a V8 engine, but the current 5.0-litre supercharged mill is expected to be discarded.
Instead, the next SVR is understood to be powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from BMW.
This twin-turbo 4.4-litre BMW V8 produces up to 467kW of power in its most powerful form, outperforming Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged V8 which puts out 423kW in the current Range Rover Sport SVR.
A variation of this engine will be used in the exclusive Range Rover Sport First Edition. It’s already used in many BMW models including the M550i and M8 Competition, albeit with different tunes.
This twin-turbo V8 engine is reportedly going to be used in the upcoming Defender SVR as well.
Other design elements of this spied Range Rover SVR prototype have already been previously seen and include deep side sill cut-outs, a pronounced rear diffuser and quad exhaust outlets.
As previously detailed, the new Range Rover Sport rides on a variation of the Jaguar Land Rover MLA-Flex architecture. This also underpins the new Range Rover.
Regular versions of the third-generation Range Rover Sport are set to arrive in Australia from the fourth quarter of 2022, priced from $139,160 before on-road costs.
The range will initially comprise a range of mild-hybrid inline-six cylinder diesels, plus the new six-cylinder P510e plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 will be available to order later in 2022 via an “exclusive online sales event”, with mild-hybrid inline-six cylinder petrol engines coming in 2023 and an electric model due in 2024.
There’s no longer a third row of seating in the Range Rover Sport, so if you’re hauling more than four other occupants, you’ll need to look at a Land Rover Defender or Discovery or splurge and go for the new Range Rover.
Inside the new Range Rover Sport is Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system with a 13.7-inch digital cluster and a 13.1-inch curved-glass touchscreen.
It features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and also includes embedded Spotify. There are also voice prompts, embedded Amazon Alexa and a 15W wireless phone charger too.
In the second row there’s a rear seat entertainment option featuring two curved-glass 11.4-inch displays on the front seatbacks, with HDMI and USB ports.
The upcoming SVR version of the Range Rover Sport will most likely have many of the luxurious features of the flagship variant, but add extra high-performance-oriented features.
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