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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR (pictures)

With nearly 550 horsepower on tap, the SVR is Land Rover's fastest performance SUV yet.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

This is the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, the fastest Land Rover ever.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR is based on the Range Rover Sport Supercharged.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

It features a more aggressive exterior style and a round of performance upgrades.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 good for about 542 horsepower.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Torque is stated at 501 pound-feet.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Our example further dresses up its engine bay with a $2,000 SVR carbon fiber engine cover.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Black trim and badges make the SVR look more sinister.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

This Estoril metallic paint is a $1,800 upgrade.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR retains the Sport's adaptive air suspension and can be raised or lowered (shown here) to suit the current needs.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

21-inch wheels are the standard rolling stock for the SVR.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Land Rover fills those wheels with 15-inch Brembo six-piston brakes. This is one of the most functional performance upgrades.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR features front and side cameras, but the visual quality of their feeds is somewhat lacking.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Perhaps my favorite SVR upgrade is the fitting of a ridiculously loud Switchable Active Exhaust system.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR is fast, but only marginally faster than a standard Sport Supercharged model.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

We're not really sure it's worth the over-$30,000 premium for this trim level.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Fortunately, the SVR retains all of the functionality of the other Sport models.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The SVR's cabin is, well, a bit tacky in my opinion.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

A lower chin spoiler costs the SVR a fraction of a degree of approach and departure angle. Other than that, the SUV retains all of its off-road chops.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The instrument cluster is a simple digital-gauge setup.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The cabin features a two-tone Cirrus and Ebony color scheme.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Carbon fiber veneer adds $650 to the bottom line.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Land Rover has never been known for its great tech, but we still expect better than this from a vehicle with a six-figure price tag.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The eight-speed automatic transmission makes a return appearance with tweaks for faster shifting.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Terrain Response 2 Auto traction control system is still in place and now features a Dynamic mode for optimized on-road driving.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The button for the Active Exhaust can be seen here. Make sure that it is always lit.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Sport buckets mimic those you'd find in a race car, but don't add much actual bolstering.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

SVR logos are embossed in the leather.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

I find the two-tone seats to be a bit of an eyesore. I like my $111,000 SUVs to be less boy-racer.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

With its sophisticated four-wheel drive system, the SVR is just a tire swap away from going from track to trail.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Navigation is low-res and laggy. We're not a fan of this system.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The cameras around the vehicle are useful, but the video quality leaves much to be desired.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Push-button start and smart keyless entry are standard.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

From the dashboard, passengers can monitor the performance of the all-wheel drive system. The driver should be watching the road.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Steering-wheel controls are chunky and easy to activate.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The optional Meridian audio system is the gem of the Land Rover Sport's cabin electronics suite, but I'd rather listen to that exhaust all day.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The massive two-pane moon roof opens up the cabin, letting in lots of light.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport SVR is a brute, but it's not the best buy for a performance SUV. We'd still give the nod to BMW's X5 M.

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