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New performance-oriented Range Rover Sport to get at least 542bhp ahead of going on sale late this year
Darren Moss
2 mins read
23 June 2014

The upcoming high-performance Range Rover Sport has been previewed again with a third official video from Jaguar Land Rover. The model, which can be seen testing at the Nurburgring, is believed to be one of the first models to come from JLR's new Special Operations Division.

Destined to crown the Sport range, reports suggest the performance Range Rover will get more power from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, the same unit found in Jaguar's XKR-S, tuned to at least 542bhp. Other models using that engine include the XFR-S Sportbrake and the XJR.

By comparison, the most powerful version of the standard Range Rover Sport has 510bhp, and can reach 60mph in five seconds with a top speed of 155mph. Sources suggest Land Rover is looking for a 0-62mph time of around 4.5 seconds for the new model.

As well as the visual changes seen here, Land Rover's engineers are expected to make changes to the Range Rover Sport's suspension, including modifications to the car's software, which governs its active anti-roll bars and air springs. A more powerful braking system is also likely to be introduced, although larger wheels than the 21-inch units already fitted to the Sport are unlikely.

Judging by the late-stage appearance of this development prototype, we expect the hot Range Rover Sport to go on sale at the end of this year. Some reports have suggested the model could make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. We've tied all three preview videos together below to give you a close look at the hot new Range Rover Sport.

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19 June 2014
"most of the great cars of the world have been honed to perfection at the Nurburgring....why should ours be any different" so quotes the JLR man on the video...
I would say, most of the worlds great cars have been RUINED by testing on the Nurburgring, as it isn't in any way a reflection of our every day travel. Thus we have cars only suited for a racetrack when we all generally get about by using public roads - Brilliant.
How quickly your car can dispatch a lap of the 'Green Hell' doesn't have much significance when you are gridlocked on the M25 or negotiating roads which look as though we have become a third world country...which by the way has a 70 mph national speed limit enforced at anything over 85!
Finally, I would say in answer to JLR's quote, I thought the Range Rover Sport was a certainly carries all the hardware for off-roading, isn't that enough reason for them to 'be different'? And before anyone says well no one actually uses them off-road anymore....I don't actually see them being used as the weapon of choice for track days, (Nurburgring or anywhere else) either, so the relevance somehow escapes me!

19 June 2014
More power, big car equals bigger accident,that applies to all cars,i guess if it's your cash,then, who are we to judge?,just seems daft for a three ton vehicle to be capable of Saloon car performance and handling.

23 June 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

More power, big car equals bigger accident,that applies to all cars,i guess if it's your cash,then, who are we to judge?,just seems daft for a three ton vehicle to be capable of Saloon car performance and handling.

..and it looks like JLR found out the hard way that the laws of physics can only be stretched so far:

I'm sure there's a large and lucrative market for these however, even if largely pointless!

19 June 2014
It isn't 3 tons. Looking forward to getting mine.

20 June 2014
Any Range Rover Sport could beat the Nurburgring lap record by shortcutting across the fields.

20 June 2014
510 hp? 100 mph in 11 secs? Nearly as quick as an AC Cobra 427? Clearly the existing RRS is too slow for a Land Rover...


23 June 2014
Well, with their closest rivals all producing large V8 engined SUVs, and, with the 'Green Hell' being in Germany; when in Germany, do as the.......................

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