RE: SVO fuses 550hp V8 with Range Rover Velar

RE: SVO fuses 550hp V8 with Range Rover Velar

Tuesday 5th February

SVO fuses 550hp V8 with Range Rover Velar

SVAutobiography the most sporting variant of Land Rover's street-biased SUV yet launched



JLR's Special Vehicles Operation division has gifted the Velar with its ubiquitous supercharged V8 motor to create this, the new SVAutobiography. Along with its 550hp output, the first eight-cylinder and SVO-fettled Velar gets a raft of driveline and chassis upgrades to produce what will arguably be Land Rover's most sporting model yet.

Until the red-blooded Velar SVR arrives, probably sometime later this year, the SVAutobiography will also be quickest car of the line-up, hitting 62mph in 4.5 seconds. As part of its performance enhancing makeover, SVO has given it new forged 21-inch wheels that are said to be the same weight as the regular car's 20-inch ones, and recalibrated the all-wheel drive system with a new rear active locking diff, as well as a retuned eight-speed auto. Slowing down is also now handled by 395mm front and 396mm rear discs.


Land Rover's most road-biased model has also been given upgraded anti-roll bars, firmer air springs and retuned variable dampers to provide tighter body control. Although with this being an SVAutobiography and not the more focussed SVR, the drive modes can also be wound back to provide a more forgiving setup, enabling what Land Rover claims is "uncompromised composure, capability and refinement" on the road, despite all those new bits.

For those who can't identify the burble of an eight cylinder breathing through a bespoke exhaust system (one that's 7.1 kg lighter than standard), there are a few discreet aesthetic changes applied to the new car to signal its costlier SVAutobiography rank. These include knurled Range Rover bonnet letters, enlarged lower sections to the bumpers and more prominent tailpipe surrounds. Also, there's a new Satin Byron Blue paint shade and standard-fit Narvik Black roof.


Inside, this plushest Velar gets perforated and quilted Windsor leather that's unique to the variant, as well as 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats, which also feature a memory function as standard. Sporting changes to the cabin include a new steering wheel with aluminium flappy paddles, metal tread plates and an optional carbon fibre trim pack. The Velar's 12.3-inch interactive driver display gets an SVAutobiography startup screen, too.

How much for all of this V8 and leathery goodness? Well, it starts at £86,120, which is quite a lot. So much, in fact, that it places the Velar SVAutobiography well above the realms of the very top Porsche Macan, the £69k Turbo Performance, and makes it almost twice the price of the base Velar. But, as we know from other SVAutobiography models, this is far more than just a pepped-up SUV - it's Land Rover's ultimate expression of brutish power and soft-edged luxury. If you want that in Velar proportions, the newest SVAutobiography ought to be just the ticket.








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GTEYE

Original Poster:

1,230 posts

148 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Maybe it’s just me, but JLR seem to have a lot of models whose main competition is another vehicle in the JLR range.

Nothing wrong with the Velar but it’s getting a bit meh - too many crossovers with similar models IMHO

daveco

3,657 posts

145 months

Tuesday 5th February
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It costs a lot more than the competition but it's by far the best looking car in its segment imo.

And that engine is special no matter what it's put in.

sdiggle

62 posts

28 months

Tuesday 5th February
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'Fuses' 'Gifted' ?? vomit Someone's swallowed a press release this morning.

How about 'Dropped' or 'Stuffed'. A bit more pistonheads... hehe

ZOLLAR

19,600 posts

111 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Personally I think that looks great.

Twoshoe

436 posts

122 months

Tuesday 5th February
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I also think it looks great, but isn't it a bit odd to have bigger brake discs on the rear than the front (albeit by just 1mm)?
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blademansw

30 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Looks fantastic, but its going to spend more time in the dealer getting fixed than being on the road ;-)

Frimley111R

9,327 posts

172 months

Tuesday 5th February
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blademansw said:
Looks fantastic, but its going to spend more time in the dealer getting fixed than being on the road ;-)
Nice trolling rolleyes

NJJ

131 posts

18 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Is there really a market for this and the forthcoming but seemingly delayed F-Pace SVR? I think too many competing models (with each other) will come to harm JLR in the future somehow.

Evercross

99 posts

2 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Twoshoe said:
I also think it looks great, but isn't it a bit odd to have bigger brake discs on the rear than the front (albeit by just 1mm)?
Odd, but not unheard of. I once had a Dodge Journey that had that very trait. Changed them for later model twin-piston calipers and larger discs because the originals were totally underpsec'd for the car and would warp within 2k miles.

Edited by Evercross on Tuesday 5th February 10:16

AmosMoses

3,097 posts

103 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Quite like that!

Wonderman

97 posts

133 months

Tuesday 5th February
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I presume that the filth it kicks up at the beginning is all the CO2 that this monster is belching out? What savage has heating at 21 degrees, will no one think of the children!? Just need to cut to Prince Philip running over a couple vegans and then using their skins for the seats to complete the advert.

Yes I l'd love one, but I think the pot holes around here would break even the sturdiest of 21" wheel, and test the "firmer air" (is that a thing?) to distraction*.

  • distraction from texting whilst driving the offspring to school of course
Edited by Wonderman on Tuesday 5th February 10:36

Fire99

9,466 posts

167 months

Tuesday 5th February
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It's certainly not unattractive.. It's a decent looking RR. It would be interesting if someone could take one on the 21 inch wheels, on some medium challenging off-road tracks and see if it has retained its off-road ability. I know that sounds very sensible but it still needs to be a good off-road product, even if it runs a little firmer..

Greg the Fish

226 posts

4 months

Tuesday 5th February
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WTF is going on with those exhaust pipes? You could shove a dwarf down them!

BFleming

860 posts

81 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Evercross said:
Twoshoe said:
I also think it looks great, but isn't it a bit odd to have bigger brake discs on the rear than the front (albeit by just 1mm)?
Odd, but not unheard of. I once had a Dodge Journey that had that very trait.
Virtually every E90 320d also has this trait. The front calipers & pads are bigger than the rears though.

Hitch

5,508 posts

132 months

Tuesday 5th February
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"SVAutobiography the most sporting variant of Land Rover's street-biased SUV yet launched"

Que?!

MX6

3,935 posts

151 months

Tuesday 5th February
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As large SUV's go I think the design of this looks great, both inside and out. The engine seems excessive but why not I guess.

It's one of those that's not a type of car that I'm interested in ever buying but I'm glad cars like this exist and are still being made.

numtumfutunch

2,967 posts

76 months

Tuesday 5th February
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MX6 said:
As large SUV's go I think the design of this looks great, both inside and out. The engine seems bloody brilliant but why not I guess.

It's one of those that's not a type of car that I'm interested in ever buying but I'm glad cars like this exist and are still being made.
FTFY, and I agree 100%

Hitch

5,508 posts

132 months

Tuesday 5th February
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LR seem to be using the bar of soap method to product design these days; every iteration is similar but smoother. I think this and the new Evoque suffer from a lack of any cladding anywhere, they look fine in a photoshoot in the city but a bit weird out in the sticks.

Would many buy this over a RRS SVR?

Andy20vt

515 posts

124 months

Tuesday 5th February
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BIG YAWN, yet another over priced and blinged up SUV which will never go off road, and aimed squarely at the chav with money.

Is it me or do all recent JLR products blend into one amorphous bowl of blandness? Perhaps a half descent effort at re-launching the Defender, not as a vanity chariot fashion statement but as a proper off roader, would give JLR back some much needed credibility? Just a thought.

numtumfutunch

2,967 posts

76 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Hitch said:
Would many buy this over a RRS SVR?
Not in the market but yes, I would actually

Had a Mk1 RRS and loved it but its pretty big for punting around town which is what the Velar would surely be doing most days.
The Velar is also a little less brash, thats 'little' smile, and so would attract a little less attention whilst going about your business.

If I had a place in the Alps though it would be a FF SVR though - which I dont unfortunately

Cheers