Late in 2017, Land Rover revealed its facelifted Range Rover Sport line-up, complete with an upgraded, high-performance SVR flagship. But, according to a fresh report out of Australia, the Whitley-based brand is already hard at work developing an even faster version.
The current SVR employs a supercharged 5,0-litre V8 sending 423 kW and 700 N.m to all four corners, resulting in a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of 4,5 seconds. But the new report suggests an even swifter version of the SUV is on the way.
Speaking to motoring.com.au, Ben Verrecchia, lead vehicle engineer for the Range Rover Sport SVR programme, revealed that the more extreme version of the SVR would be quicker thanks chiefly to significant weight savings.
“The saving are huge – up to 6 kg per corner. The problem is we can’t just bolt on the carbon-ceramic brakes and components from the F-Type. We’d have to start from scratch and then also develop another two chassis tunes for the lighter brakes,” Verrecchia told the Australian publication.
The report speculated that the hottest version of the luxury SUV could even lose its rear bench, with Verrecchia confirming that stripped-out test mules already exist.
“We have plenty of stripped-out Range Rover Sport SVR mules that have only two seats and a roll cage. I think those cars could provide the basis for an even faster, lighter SVR in the future,” Verrecchia said.
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