Hot 2018 Range Rover Velar SVR on the way with 5.0-litre V8
Land Rover is planning to unleash a hot Range Rover Velar SVR this year - and our spy photographers have spotted it being given the go over by Jaguar Land Rover engineers.
A licence plate check confirms that this disguised Velar is home to a supercharged 5.0-litre V8. It’s the same unit used in a number of SVR cars across the JLR line-up, boasting 567bhp in the recently refreshed Range Rover Sport SVR.
With this engine onboard, the Velar looks set for a significant boost in power over the current range topping P380 model, which makes use of a 375bhp six-cylinder petrol.
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The car spied here wears a light disguise to hide its sporty SVR bodykit, though the images hint that the hot Velar wont appear drastically different from R-Dynamic versions. The front bumper has been tweaked with a pair of slightly different air intakes flanking the wide central one, while around the back, the rear bumper has been lifted slightly to accommodate a rear diffuser. New, lighter alloy wheels are spotted on this mule too.
Alongside V8 power and slightly sportier looks, the Velar SVR’s suspension will be tweaked to feature adaptive dampers with an SVR specific mode. Numerous spy videos published online confirm that Land Rover has been testing the car’s handling and suspension setup at the Nurburgring, too.
With Jaguar poised to reveal an SVR version of the F-Pace at the New York Motor Show at the end of March, the Velar SVR’s arrival doesn’t look likely to happen until towards the end of 2018.
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