Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic takes the fight to Porsche's Macan Turbo with a 542bhp 5.0-litre V8
Mark Tisshaw
5 February 2019

Land Rover has pushed the performance envelope of the Range Rover Velar by shoehorning a 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet. 

Unlike its identically powered Range Rover Sport sibling, however, the new eight-cylinder Velar doesn’t wear the SVR nameplate, with Land Rover instead choosing to borrow the SVAutobiography Dynamic badge from the full-size Range Rover

Available to order now priced from £86,120, the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic is capable of firing from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds, and heading on to a top speed of 170mph. Despite the performance, Land Rover claims it offers “traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort” instead of the out-and-out thrills of the Sport SVR. A louder active exhaust still features, however, claimed to be 7.1kg lighter than the standard system. 

The range-topping Velar also features uprated brakes (395mm front and 396mm rear) with four-piston, red-painted brake callipers, alongside firmer air chambers for the air suspension. Upgraded anti-roll bars combine with a revised variable damping system to ensure the handling matches the pace on offer. 

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Land Rover has also recalibrated the SVA’s steering, all-wheel drive, eight-speed transmission and active rear differential, claiming nearly 64,000 man hours of fine-tuning to the car’s control systems. A stronger transfer box has also been added to the all-wheel drive to ensure the driveline can withstand the V8’s 502lb ft of torque. 

Alongside the new quad tailpipes, exterior revisions include enlarged air intakes, a new grille and reprofiled rear bumper, and lightweight 21 or 22-inch wheels. Bespoke badging and colour choices, all with a contrasting black roof, complete the look. 

Inside there’s unique quilted leather in four colours, 20-way adjustable heated, cooled and massaging front seats, a sports steering wheel and aluminium shift paddles. Detail changes such as a knurled finish for the switchgear and rotary gear selector feature alongside bespoke graphics for the digital instrument display. Buyers can also specify a carbonfibre pack for the Velar SVA’s interior trim.

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5 February 2019

 Do we really need Cars this size to go this fast?

5 February 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Do we really need Cars this size to go this fast?

We sure do. Land Rover helps its customer to reach repair workshop faster

5 February 2019
sabre wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Do we really need Cars this size to go this fast?

We sure do. Land Rover helps its customer to reach repair workshop faster

 

You believe everything you read on the internet, don't you..

: )

5 February 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Do we really need Cars this size to go this fast?

The world would be a miserable place if we could only have what we need.

5 February 2019
The Jaguar F-Pace based Velar shares it's powertrain with the Range Rover Sport, not the identically powertrained F-Pace SVR?

Okay then.

Nice truck though.

Myk

5 February 2019

Isn't the Macan Turbo about £20k cheaper than this?  I honestly don't know how JLR think they can get away with their pricing structure.  When I was in the market for a new car I sat in a Velar and really liked it, but the price was shocking.  The Velar was working out £6k more expensive for a car of similar (actually slightly lower) spec' than a BMW X3 M40i, and that was with the rough Ingenium 2litre 4-pot against the BMW's 3litre straight 6. Funnily enough, I'm now 11 months into happy, trouble-free BMW ownership...

5 February 2019

It's also alot smaller. Need to compare it to the Cayenne

5 February 2019

This is a low seller.  They should create a group to make their mass produced cars more exciting rather than keep making halo cars that don't sell many.

5 February 2019

The main models, particularly in the Jaguar range, are doing poorly in the market and once again, JLR are pissing around making silly fast versions with daft names.

There are so many parallels between JLR and MG Rover it's untrue.

 

5 February 2019

Oh, dear.  If ever there was an advert for why JLR has gone so wrong.

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