The key benefit of carbon fibre is its impressive strength-to-weight ratio. Beyond its advantages compared to aluminium, carbon fibre is five times lighter and 10 times stronger than typical steel. It looks pretty cool, too. Toward the end of this year: 2020, the new Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition by Land Rover will be available in South Africa. The special edition joins the latest Range Rover Sport line-up, providing a stealthy take on the high-performance flagship with extensive Carbon Fibre detailing.
Humanity is no fewer than four decades into the carbon fibre experiment, and engineers still jump up and down with every bit of incremental progress in making it more affordable and easier to manufacture.
Visible elements of detailing in the Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition include the exposed centre section of the carbon fibre bonnet with integrated cooling vents, the front bumper insert surrounds, main grille and vent surrounds, mirror covers and tailgate finisher. There are extended trim finishers on the SVR-branded steering wheel and a carbon fibre engine cover, plus exclusive Illuminated SVR Carbon Edition tread plates. Distinctive 22-inch five split-spoke lightweight alloy wheels finished in gloss black complete the SVR Carbon Edition specification. Body-coloured detailing at the rear and an SVR badge identify the SVR.
This is the fastest, most powerful and dynamic Land Rover ever produced. Designed, engineered and developed by Special Vehicle Operations, this luxury performance SUV is hand-finished in Coventry, UK. Its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine – the most powerful in Land Rover’s history – produces 423kW and 700Nm to power it from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a max speed of 283km/h.
With bespoke enhancements to the chassis, the SVR delivers more dynamic handling without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort or all-terrain capability. The engineers focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and the damping hardware is tuned to provide exceptional turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.
The re-profiled front bumper design lends the SVR an assertive appearance, with vents designed to improve brake cooling. Performance brake pads and discs ensure the braking system is more resistant to fade during dynamic driving.
Inside, the exclusive tread plates illuminate on entry where supportive lightweight seats create an athletic silhouette and provide exceptional comfort on long journeys. They also deliver a significant 30kg weight saving over the standard Range Rover Sport seats and are heated front and rear as standard. Aluminium sports pedals also feature.
Finished in perforated Windsor leather, the SVR Performance seats reflect the SVR’s status as the ultimate high-performance luxury SUV. Seat backs finished in satin black with an embossed SVR logo on the headrests deliver heightened exclusivity. The supportive seats also create more rear legroom and the impression of a cosseting four-seat interior, while retaining flexible five-seat capability.
Sound quality comes from a 19-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System, which combines 825 watts, a dual-channel subwoofer and Trifield technology for a superb personal sound experience in every seat.
The new Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition is scheduled for South African introduction in the fourth quarter of 2020, with pricing to be made available closer to the time.