High-performance SUV is due in October with a supercharged V8 engine

Land Rover has shoehorned a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 into a Range Rover Velar to create its quickest model yet.

The V8 variant will go on sale in October as a potent alternative to the BMW X6 M, mixing Land Rover off-road ability with savage performance.

Although it will share an engine with SVR Range Rovers, it is not yet known if it will follow suit of its eight-cylinder siblings and adopt the Velar SVR name.

Nevertheless, insurance database information confirms that the hot Velar test car is using a 5.0-litre V8, so it's likely to be Jaguar Land Rover's ubiquitous supercharged motor in identical form to the Range Rover Sport SVR's. This means it'll produce around 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque to give the most potent Velar the ability to get from 0-62mph in around 4.2sec.

Although the SVR-engined Velar, which has most recently been spotted testing at the Nürburgring, will be cheapest model to feature hardware from the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) high-performance division, it is likely to rank as the quickest, due to its smaller size and lighter weight.

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The aluminium-based Velar will receive a host of SVR weight-saving measures to bring its kerb weight down to about 1800kg. While still no featherweight, that would make it a significant 465kg lighter than the X6 M and close to 500kg less than the Range Rover Sport SVR.

SVO's engineers are finalising the car's chassis set-up, which will include new performance settings for the air suspension, including a firmer, sportier mode designed for enthusiastic driving.

Beneath the camouflage, the test car’s rear bumper looks to have gained a diffuser between two new exhaust exits. It also has new, lighter wheels.

Along with the BMW X6 M, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, which is due to arrive in June, will be a rival from the same stable as the Velar. That car is expected to get the same V8 but in more potent F-Type SVR specification, meaning it’ll produce 567bhp and be capable of 0-62mph in less than 4.0sec.

Despite their similarities, the SVR F-Pace and Velar models will focus on slightly different areas of the market, with the Jaguar prioritising on-road performance and the Velar retaining more of its off-road ability.

The Velar SVR is expected to be priced at around £90,000, making it almost £10,000 cheaper than the larger Range Rover Sport SVR.

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24 April 2017
The Velar in the pictures show a pre production testing as it has proper handles rather then the concepts flush handles.

16 March 2018

How can anything be called 'sport' that weighs half a tonne more than its siblings?

24 April 2017
Testing a Land Rover at The Nurburgring. How appropriate.

25 April 2017
People were questioning the point of developing and testing a Honda Civic type R dedicated hot hatch at the Nurburgring, if so how much 10 times over they should be questioning doing it in an SUV!

25 April 2017
I see Autocar is still peddling the fact the Velar is a rival to the X6 when it appears to be rival for the Macan and other SUVs in that class, which also includes the X3/X4. Although pricing wise the Velar SVR is massively more expensive than its rivals and, as the article states, is expected to be only £7500 less than the Sport SVR. The Macan Turbo is 'only' £70k while the GLC63 AMG is expected to be even less.

25 April 2017
complete the car it is only partially assembled for £70k think they may include door handles though.The Velar will be more comprehensively finished.

25 April 2017
The Velar SVR may be significantly more than the Macan Turbo or one of of the other pretenders to the SVR but pricier or not, the Range Rover will undoubtedly be miles superior to the Porsche and the other performance SUVs, especially when judged by other Land Rovers which are all class leaders my a country mile. Land Rover will be charging around £90k because it'd be worth the price and customers are willing to pay that much for class, style and all-round brilliance which the Velar SVR will undoubtedly have. Even on looks alone the Velar is worth the premium over the dull and ugly Macan, GLC and X4.

25 April 2017
Roadster wrote:

The Velar SVR may be significantly more than the Macan Turbo or one of of the other pretenders to the SVR but pricier or not, the Range Rover will undoubtedly be miles superior to the Porsche and the other performance SUVs, especially when judged by other Land Rovers which are all class leaders my a country mile. Land Rover will be charging around £90k because it'd be worth the price and customers are willing to pay that much for class, style and all-round brilliance which the Velar SVR will undoubtedly have. Even on looks alone the Velar is worth the premium over the dull and ugly Macan, GLC and X4.

Which planet do you live on? Class leaders by a country mile how? Their poor reliability, build quality or crappy tech?

We had a RR Autobiography (16 plate) and it was nothing but hassle, 9 miles in from new and it packed up - then endless issues. The courtesy cars were no better, with bits squeaking and falling off!

25 April 2017
Roadster wrote:

The Velar SVR may be significantly more than the Macan Turbo or one of of the other pretenders to the SVR but pricier or not, the Range Rover will undoubtedly be miles superior to the Porsche and the other performance SUVs, especially when judged by other Land Rovers which are all class leaders my a country mile. Land Rover will be charging around £90k because it'd be worth the price and customers are willing to pay that much for class, style and all-round brilliance which the Velar SVR will undoubtedly have. Even on looks alone the Velar is worth the premium over the dull and ugly Macan, GLC and X4.

Cricket on the green, long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers, “old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist” and Shakespeare still read in school. Britain will rule unamendable in all essentials.

25 April 2017
You make a basic error of assumption that is made by many and that is that cars fit into predefined segments based on size. At the £20K price point, that is sometimes (but not exclusively) the case. Customers who have £20K in the bank, or £4K as a deposit may look directly at Focus / VW sized cars and make a choice based on predefined 'essentials' and 'desirables'. Marketing Strategy thinking in the 1980's suggested that this linear approach to segmenting was the best way to position your product or service. Not the case anymore.

The market is increasingly seen as a 3D-fluid 'existence' that changes constantly that can skew significantly when a benchmark product is launched. Therefore if you have £75K in the bank, the possibilities are considerably far ranging than if you have £45K. Some may test drive a Porsche Macan, an RRS, a Velar, an X6M, a top spec F-Pace, a Range Rover, a 7 Series, an S Class and make a decision based on the experiences of the test drive, the dealer, availability, comfort of the driving seat, economy...whatever Now, there will be some that conclude that each of those cars fits into a predefined DIFFERENT market. They don't - well not exclusively. They are all individual cars, with individual attributes, personalities, strengths, and they all vying for that £75K. Now, of course, there will be some customers that ONLY rest drive cars of the same size. AT the £75K point, that is rarely the case.

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