Hot 2018 Range Rover Velar SVR hits the Nurburgring

13 Mar, 2018 4:30pm James Brodie

A flagship SVR performance version of the Range Rover Velar is on course for a 2018 debut, and we've spied it testing

Land Rover is set to add to the recently launched Velar lineup with a hot V8-powered SVR model this year, and new spyshots show the Porsche Macan Turbo rival being pushed to the limits at the Nurburgring.

The iconic German racetrack regularly plays host to carmakers testing prototypes, and JLR engineers have been caught out by our photographers. The super-SUV is due to be revealed some time this year, with sales beginning before 2018 is out. 

A licence plate check on a previous UK prototype confirms that the Velar SVR will accomodate Jaguar-Land Rover's ubiquitous supercharged 5.0-litre V8. It’s the same unit used in a number of SVR cars across both brands, boasting 567bhp in the recently refreshed Range Rover Sport SVR. 

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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. Expect a 0-62mph time of well under five seconds as a result. 

Both spied prototypes wear a light disguise to hide their sporty SVR bodykits, though the images hint that the hot Velar will not 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. Enlarged alloy wheels hide some serious-looking brakes with red calipers.

Alongside V8 power and slightly sportier looks, the Velar SVR’s suspension will be revised, with adaptive dampers featuring an SVR-specific mode. A beefed-up exhaust will provide a racy soundtrack, and inside figure-hugging sports seats will lift the cabin. 

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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