Land Rover's new high-performance flagship SUV records a time of 8m14s around the famous track, setting a claimed new record

The upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR has become the fastest production SUV to lap the Nürburgring, according to Land Rover, recording a time of 8m14s around the famous circuit.

The SVR will become Land Rover's flagship performance model when it goes on sale next year. The car is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, the same unit as found in Jaguar's R-S models, tuned to develop 542bhp. 

That's some 39bhp more than the existing top-spec supercharged V8 model, meaning performance figures for the SVR are likely to improve on the Range Rover Sport's 0-62mph sprint time of 5.3 seconds. Sources have previously suggested the firm has targeted a sprint time of around 4.5 seconds.

Land Rover says the lap was completed using a production-spec car, with engineering chief Mike Cross saying: "The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment."

Other SUV entries which have reportedly tried to claim the Nürburgring title include Porsche, whose Macan Turbo allegedly set a time of 8m15s earlier this year.

Created by Jaguar Land Rover's new Special Vehicle Operations division, the Range Rover Sport SVR is expected to feature tuned suspension, software changes and a more powerful braking system than the current Range Rover Sport.

Despite its on-road credentials, Land Rover has also said the model will come with a twin-speed transfer case for both high and low gear ratios, as well as a wading depth of 850mm.

Land Rover has previously released a short video showing the SVR in action at the Nürburgring.

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30 July 2014
This is just further proof of how superb the Range Rover Sport is and how far ahead of its rivals it is. Not only is it unrivaled off-road in its class, but the fact that it has set such a blistering time around the Nurburgring not only shows what great handling and boy control it has too, but it also highlights how brilliant and advanced the chassis and set-up is to deliver great handling, ride and off-road ability in one package. A Cayenne, ML and X5 can't even match the RR Sport's handling, yet alone its off road prowess and cosseting ride. And at 8min 14secs, it's quicker than a BMW 1 Series M Coupe, M135i, Lexus IS-F, Audi RS3, Holden Commodore SS for example while it's only marginally slower than the likes of a Mercedes A45 AMG, Audi RS6, Cadillac CTS-V, Alpina B3 Biturbo. All these are performance versions of cars (not SUVs) featuring substantial revisions and suspension tuning to try and make them fast in a straight line and in corners, while some of these cars have more power than the RR Sport and all are lighter too. And those lap times were all set within the last few years too! That's how good Land Rover's engineers are and that's how class leading the RR Sport is, and by a massive margin too.

30 July 2014
Roadster wrote:

This is just further proof of how superb the Range Rover Sport is and how far ahead of its rivals it is. Not only is it unrivaled off-road in its class, but the fact that it has set such a blistering time around the Nurburgring not only shows what great handling and boy control it has too, but it also highlights how brilliant and advanced the chassis and set-up is to deliver great handling, ride and off-road ability in one package. A Cayenne, ML and X5 can't even match the RR Sport's handling, yet alone its off road prowess and cosseting ride. And at 8min 14secs, it's quicker than a BMW 1 Series M Coupe, M135i, Lexus IS-F, Audi RS3, Holden Commodore SS for example while it's only marginally slower than the likes of a Mercedes A45 AMG, Audi RS6, Cadillac CTS-V, Alpina B3 Biturbo. All these are performance versions of cars (not SUVs) featuring substantial revisions and suspension tuning to try and make them fast in a straight line and in corners, while some of these cars have more power than the RR Sport and all are lighter too. And those lap times were all set within the last few years too! That's how good Land Rover's engineers are and that's how class leading the RR Sport is, and by a massive margin too.

What I find more telling is the lap time of the Audi R8 V10 Plus. It's a purpose built sports car, with an ideal mid-engined layout, and is considerably lighter than the Range Rover Sport and produces similar power. Yet, over a 13 mile circuit with over 100 corners the Range Rover, a 2 ton SUV with superb off-road ability, is only less than 30 secs slower than the Audi. Even the Ferrari 599 GTB with over 600bhp is only less than 30 secs slower too. This just shows how brilliant the Range Rover Sport's chassis is and how brilliant Mike Cross and the JLR team are.

30 July 2014
You cant set a production car record with a car that isnt in production yet - calling it a production-spec car isnt the same thing - especially when its quite a long way off from launch and still undergoing testing so is likely to be altered or fine tuned further yet. Still, keeps the Autocar JLR press office busy I guess.

That being said - if they do keep to the current spec and dont dial it down or dilute it in anyway - it is a very impressive result.

30 July 2014
Either you've got a great sense of humour, or you're on JLR's payroll. A standard Cayenne Turbo has been recorded round there at 8min 13secs, and that's without mentioning the Turbo S. And for you to say that the RRS's handing beats it's direct competitors means you must watch all it's test videos through a welding mask. Lay off the solvents for a bit will you..?

30 July 2014
Ja, Cobnapint, I agree, zis car ist obviously ein complete bag oven ze prunes. Und your figures ist bols also as Cayenne Turbo driven by Patrick Simon ist 8:33.99 rond die Nordschlieife.

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30 July 2014
....Oh yes, I can see this is really relevant to everyday use...mostly with wives taking their little treasures to school!

Has the Auto industry completely taken leave of its senses/ lost touch with their customers needs?
Or are the development staff just using any excuse for a company track-day 'jolly'

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30 July 2014
Roadster....sponsored by Land Rover enthusiast magazine!!
You should get yourself on the payroll roadster.

30 July 2014
I just want to know how quickly it can drop the kids off and then disappear and stop causing chaos outside schools.

30 July 2014
In about 10 days, we've had 4 lengthy articles detailing forthcoming JLR products, the majoirty of which resemble PR releases but offer little substance. I like Jaguars and Land Rovers a lot, and it's a bonus that British marques are doing well and producing excellent cars, like JLR are doing, but this constant eulogising of all things JLR from Autocar, including taking every opportunity to publish a JLR story or JLR press release, no matter how insignificant or uninteresting it may be, is getting rather tiresome at times. There are far more equal, and even more worthy, stories etc on other cars from other manufacturers that deserve attention, yet many don't get a look in from Autocar, especially when compared to other motoring journals who have, shall we say, a less biased approach.

30 July 2014
I admire your staunch and resolute praise and love of all things Jaguar and Land Rover, but try and include balanced comments in your one-direction ramblings while holding an erection at the same time when you see a picture of a Jaguar or Land Rover. All your comments in one way or another are totally dismissive of all other non-British competion, particularly German cars which you seem to have unsubstantiated and irrational dislike towards. And yet JLR can do wrong and seem perfect in your utopian world. I'd so love to know what medication you're being prescribed!

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