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Unstoppable, Land Rover Defender-inspired dune-basher packs more than 1000bhp in both its forms

American motorsport outfit Scarbo Vintage has revealed the SV Rover - an outlandish off-road weapon that it claims to be "the world's first street-legal hypertruck".

Available with either a screaming supercharged V8 engine or a battery-electric powertrain, it's the third car from the California-based firm, following the SV F1, a tribute to the 1967 Ferrari 312 Formula 1 car, and the Porsche 911-derived SC RSR, which was the basis for Ken Block's 'Hoonipigasus' stunt car.

Said to be able to "comfortably tackle technical off-road trails and traverse desert terrain at extra-legal speeds", the SV Rover takes visual cues from the classic Land Rover Defender 90.

It has a body clad entirely in carbonfibre and aluminium, huge flared wheel arches, thick underbody protection, LED front and rear lights and a wheelbase significantly extended to accommodate a rear-mid-mounted engine.

Power comes from either a 1100bhp supercharged V8 with an eight-speed gearbox or a 1005bhp electric system – expected to comprise a motor on each axle – and a 75kWh battery. 

Scarbo Performance CEO Joe Scarbo said: "The SV Rover represents a new extreme in terms of off-road power, manoeuverability and capability.

"We're thrilled to unveil this revolutionary vehicle, which combines the nostalgia of classic British design with modern American muscle and technology to deliver a driving experience beyond anything this side of a trophy truck."

The Rover is fitted with interchangeable two- and four-wheel drive, locking front and rear differentials and adjustable-height pushrod suspension that sits inboard and allows for a massive 30in of wheel travel. 


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It also has four-wheel steering, specialist 40in off-road tyres and carbon-ceramic brake discs.

The cockpit is a fusion of modern technology and utilitarianism. Its 12.3in digital instrument cluster and 12.8in infotainment screen are flanked by exposed welds and bare-metal panelling and its indicator stalks are finished in what appears to be aluminium. It also features Sparco bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara and air conditioning. 

Scarbo hasn't said how many Rovers it plans to build, nor given an indication of price, but a $935,000 (£739,000) price tag for the SV RSR suggests that it could nudge six figures. 

This compares with around $260,000 (£205,000) for the similarly conceived Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Boot, which has a Chevrolet V8 with some 650bhp.

Jonathan Bryce

Jonathan Bryce
Title: Editorial Assistant

Jonathan is an editorial assistant working with Autocar. He has held this position since March 2024, having previously studied at the University of Glasgow before moving to London to become an editorial apprentice and pursue a career in motoring journalism. 

His role at work involves writing news stories, travelling to launch events and interviewing some of the industry's most influential executives, writing used car reviews and used car advice articles, updating and uploading articles for the Autocar website and making sure they are optimised for search engines, and regularly appearing on Autocar's social media channels including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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SKH 13 February 2024

As someone already said, JLR owns the Rover name, but another car company using SV in a name might be okay.. SV used to be SVO iirc and Ford at one time also used that name. Lamborghini use SV on certain models and I'm sure many other manufacturers use SV in some fashion. Using ROVER though is almost certainly going to be a big No No!

Pierre 13 February 2024

I love the Wallace and Grommit face!:-)

Chris C 13 February 2024

This should keep the lawyers at Ford (owners of the Rover brand name and makers of the not dissimilar Bronco) and Tata/JLR (Defender, owners of Bowler, users of SV branding) busy...

TStag 13 February 2024
Chris C wrote:

This should keep the lawyers at Ford (owners of the Rover brand name and makers of the not dissimilar Bronco) and Tata/JLR (Defender, owners of Bowler, users of SV branding) busy...

Ford sold the Rover brand back to Land Rover when Tata took JLR over.