​The Range Rover Sport SVR Ran An 8:14 Nürburgring Lap

Illustration for article titled ​The Range Rover Sport SVR Ran An 8:14 Nürburgring Lap

You know what I look for when buying an SUV? The Nürburgring lap time. It should be right on the sticker between the fuel economy ratings and the crash test results. So it's nice to see Land Rover finally taking this seriously.

And they are taking it seriously. The supercharged, 550 horsepower Range Rover Sport SVR set an 8:14 time at the 'Ring, putting it just behind the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (8:13), and ahead of the BMW 1 Series M (8:15) and the first gen NSX (8:16). Except, none of those are made of two tons of high-riding metal.

The SVR is the latest project from the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations unit, JLR's speed- and custom-obsessed outfit that designed and built the F-Type Project 7, among others.


Naturally, JLR is saying it's a production spec SVR, so I'm assuming when someone orders the "World's Fast SUV Around The Nürburgring Nordschleife" it'll come with a cage, custom seats, and harnesses.

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Patrick Frawley

An 8:14 would have taken the pole at the 1966 German Grand Prix by two and a half seconds. The guy booted to second on the grid would have been Jim Clark in a Lotus 33.

And this from a glorified truck.

I'm not sure how this sits with me.