Hello everyone and welcome back to another post of Supercars by Putera! I’m thrilled and excited to let all my loyal readers and first timers in visiting and to read this week’s fresh and brand new car, as you can see from the title of this post. Brand new Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 2016. Now, if you have any disagreement on why this enormous size SUV end-up here in my blog? Slow down your horses fellas.. This is NOT the regular spec Range Rover. It is the SVR version. Top-of-the-line specification of the Range Rover line-up models. In its essence, SVR stands for Special Vehicle: Racing. Hence, I would like to call it “SuperSUV” which it is eligible to be featured here in Supercars by Putera. Let’s go through some of the facts about this beast but beautiful and fast SuperSUV!
It has 5.0 Litre 550 brake-horsepower V8 Supercharged Petrol engine. This Four-Wheel Drive(4WD) beast has 8-speed Automatic gearbox with Manual capabilities on the back of the steering via Paddle Shifter. It also has seductive chrome-touch 22-inch rims with low profile high-performance tires(at the time of test drive, it has Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV tires) as it delivers a solid statement that this SUV is meant to be driven at fast speed especially on-road surfaces. During the photo shoot session, I noticed the rims reflects the shadows of anything passes it. That’s how shiny it is! Wow! As the price of the tires are quite subjective to be discussed here but it provides superb road grip, road manoeuvring/handling and safety when cornering. Surely, it fits with the beast!
Maximum speed of this SuperSUV are at 260 km/h @ 162 miles/h! From 0 to 100 km/h this beast can achieve it at 4.7 seconds! Wow! That is fast! Such a big engine on this SUV with huge rims, road-hugging tires and comfortable yet luxurious leather bucket-seats all-round are one of the Land Rover Range’s engineer thoughts in designing and building this SuperSUV. Yes, you read it right! All 4 of its seats are bucket seats! (Go to the photos down below to have a look at it and come back here to continue reading, ok? 😉) Apart of the luxurious two-tone Range Rover’s leather bucket seats on interior of this deep blue SuperSUV, the Meridian Surround Sound System which consist of 19 speakers including the tweeter all-round makes the sound of the music rich and clear. The bass of the sound are superbly done and pleasing to the ears. It also came with big Panaromic panel sun-roof to let fresh get into the car while we can enjoy the sky-views while the roof is open. The buttons at the centre console of the SuperSUV. Well, since it is a Range Rover, 4×4, it sure came with lots of buttons to assist on manoeuvring in different kinds of earth surfaces especially, countries with 4 weather seasons. It also equipped with reverse camera. J
Let’s move on with the exterior, some notable and moderate makeover in comparison with the previous models of the Sport SVR is the front bumper, notice the front bumper has slight changes in styling “A-curve” to let the air intake to receive more air as the engine is producing 81bhp more than regular Range Rover Sport. On the rear, the sport active exhaust that came with the SVR model is mind-blowingly superb! At a push of a button, it can transform the sound of the exhaust to a loud and sport sound exhaust! Not just that, the doors are unique! Most of us know, continental cars/european cars are solidly built cars. The body and frameworks are made from steel and/or carbon fibre for the supercars and hypercars alike! By definition, they have heavy doors. So, usually, to close the doors, we have to exert lots of our energy to slam shut the door but this Range Rover Sport SVR is different. We can just push the door towards the door hinges gently and the door will close shut by itself! Wow!.. Just wow! I did this open and closing the doors many times! Its just too stunning.. Modern technologies really have improved as lots of people spend their time, money and efforts into Research and Development to ensure the public can obtain a better life.
Test Driving the Range Rover Sport SVR
Unlike in my previous posts, both of the cars, Nissan GTR R35 and the Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG, I have lots of time to enjoy with the car and driving it on the freeway(highway) was a bliss! In this post, the Range Rover Sport SVR, I get to drive it on the streets of Kuala Lumpur only(not on the highway though) not like the 2 previous cars. Either way, I’m grateful for the pleasure given by Moga Motors Sdn Bhd for giving me the opportunity to drive it even for a short while. So, in my hands are the keys to the Sport SVR. For the first time ever, I unlocked the car. The 2 things that moves once I unlocked the car was the side mirrors that opens side-ways and number 2 that moves is the side-steps! Yup, you read it right! The side-step moves outwards to let us climb the SuperSUV with ease. Wow! That was jaw-dropping! So amazed with the car! I really do! Once I climb the car, again, just like in the previous posts, the bucket-seats.. I climb the side-steps of the car and as I slideee myself onto the bucket-seats, I can feel the luxurious leather bucket-seat which grips my body slightly more than usual a seat of a car. Once I closed the vacuum doors, I put the keys into the cupholder and switch on the engine using the start button on the left side of the speedometer. The engine came to life roaring! Wow! The sound made the sport active exhaust was awesome! Few revs I made and the exhaust sound was marvelous. On a switch of a button, enabling the sport sound, all of the doors are shut closed but I can hear the roaring sounds of the exhaust from the inside of the car. Mind you, even if I am not revving the car, I can still hear the loud exhaust! Wow!… Loud exhaust + Range Rover Sport SVR = valuable experience!..
I put the gear to “D” position, releasing the electronically-controlled hand-brake with the button on the centre console, and away we go!.. As I turned the steering for the first time, I can feel the 22” inch tyres turning underneath the car. Wow! The car felt very stable and the low profile high performance tyres really do grip the road.. As I drove the car out from the showroom’s vicinity, the SuperSUV really gave the “look at me” vibe.. Why do I say so? Because from the height, and the length of the car itself really portrays the vibe. However, in reality, it does not attract much attention like the Nissan GTR R35 (well, this is only happen in Malaysia but I’m not sure in other parts of the world). I did at around 80km/h only as I drive around the KL City Center for a short drive. Switching on the active exhaust and lowering the door mirrors was a cool idea as the exhaust gave a loud sound! I enjoyed driving the car.. It was a slow drive but enjoyable.. I had the time in the car to have a look at all of the buttons and my hand really roaming around the buttons in the car. The sound system was great! 19 speakers! Speechless sound!..
As I am enjoying my drive, the showroom was approaching and I enter the showroom’s vicinity. It was a cool and sound drive in KL City Centre at the middle of the day. No dramatic events whatsoever but the SuperSUV performs way cooler than I ever thought it would be! In my humble opinion, Range Rover have came up with a model that is serious in performance without leaving the 4×4 side of it. Conquering both on-road and off-road is a tall order but Land Rover Range Rover has make it possible.
Before I end my write-up of the Range Rover Sport SVR, I would like to dedicate my thanks to the one and only, Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for letting me test drive the amazing SuperSUV. To all my loyal readers, thank you for your time by reading this post from the beginning until the end, I hope it will help you by giving the insights and how it feels like to drive it.
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