Love the Velar but fancy something a bit faster? The new 550hp SVR model will be right up your street…
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- Range Rover Velar SVR spotted testing
- Will use a 550hp 5.0-litre V8
- Suspension and styling are updated
- On sale in early 2019
The Range Rover Velar hasn’t been on sale for long, but a fast SVR version has already been spotted testing at the Nurburgring race circuit. It’ll come with the same 5.0-litre V8 as the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Jaguar F-Type and will produce an astonishing 550hp. To handle all that volcanic power, the tyres, suspension and styling have all been improved.
Aggressive-looking bumpers and a large rear spoiler mark this car out as a high-performance SVR model. The enlarged air intakes at the front don’t just look sporty, they help to channel as much cool air as possible into the engine.
This prototype model has four large exhaust pipes, which will all feature on the showroom-ready car. Expect the grilles and windows to be blacked out to add to the car’s sporty and menacing appeal.
The Velar’s interior is so lovely it looks like it belongs in an art gallery, but to set the SVR apart from the rest of the range this new model will feature carbon fibre trim and more supportive seats. The infotainment system and centre console may be tweaked to make them easier and more intuitive to use, too.
Engines and driving
Buy a Velar SVR and you’ll be treated to a fantastic 5.0-litre V8 with an exhaust note loud enough to trigger small earthquakes. It’ll produce around 550hp – enough to shove the high-riding Velar from 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed approaching 180mph.
The SVR’s tyres will be wider than the standard Velar’s and its suspension will be upgraded to cope with higher cornering speeds. Four-wheel drive will be standard, as you’d expect from a Land Rover, but the SVR won’t like venturing too far off the beaten track – not on its standard road tyres, anyway.
Running costs are likely to be astronomical, but if you can afford the SVR, you’ll probably be able to stomach the £2,000 first-year road tax charge, expensive specialist tyres and large fuel bills.
2019 Range Rover Velar SVR price and release date
Currently, the most expensive Velar will set you back just over £70,000, but to park an SVR on your drive you’ll need more than £90,000 – before options. It’ll probably be officially revealed later in 2018 before going on sale in early 2019.