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Range Rover SVR shows its 0-62 mph skills on the road, grass and snow

The Range Rover Sport SVR sped to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds on the gravel
The Range Rover Sport SVR sped to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds on the gravel
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Land Rover doesn't stop at pavement, testing 0-62 mph (100 km/h) times on grass, gravel, snow, mud and sand
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Land Rover doesn't stop at pavement, testing 0-62 mph (100 km/h) times on grass, gravel, snow, mud and sand
The Range Rover Sport SVR tests were used as a way of highlighting the Terrain Response 2 system and its selectable drive modes
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The Range Rover Sport SVR tests were used as a way of highlighting the Terrain Response 2 system and its selectable drive modes
Snow and ice proved the slowest for the Range Rover Sport SVR
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Snow and ice proved the slowest for the Range Rover Sport SVR
The Range Rover Sport SVR hit 62 mph in 11.3 seconds on the snow/ice of Sweden
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The Range Rover Sport SVR hit 62 mph in 11.3 seconds on the snow/ice of Sweden
Land Rover takes the Range Rover to its winter testing facility in Sweden
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Land Rover takes the Range Rover to its winter testing facility in Sweden
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
The 542-hp Range Rover Sport SVR doesn't appear intimidated by any type of terrain
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The 542-hp Range Rover Sport SVR doesn't appear intimidated by any type of terrain
Hitting the mark
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Hitting the mark
Range Rover Sport SVR sand acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR sand acceleration testing
Land Rover also put the rock crawling mode to use for good measure
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Land Rover also put the rock crawling mode to use for good measure
Land Rover also put the rock crawling mode to use for good measure
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Land Rover also put the rock crawling mode to use for good measure
Land Rover climbs some big rocks
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Land Rover climbs some big rocks
Mud didn't slow the Range Rover Sport SVR down too much: 6.5 seconds 0-62 mph
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Mud didn't slow the Range Rover Sport SVR down too much: 6.5 seconds 0-62 mph
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
Gravel proved the quickest surface outside of pavement
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Gravel proved the quickest surface outside of pavement
The Range Rover Sport SVR sped to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds on the gravel
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The Range Rover Sport SVR sped to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds on the gravel
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration tests
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Land Rover explains that Grass/Gravel/Snow mode softens the throttle response, quickens gear changes and prevents tire slip to maintain traction on slick ground 
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Land Rover explains that Grass/Gravel/Snow mode softens the throttle response, quickens gear changes and prevents tire slip to maintain traction on slick ground 
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing
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Range Rover Sport SVR acceleration testing

Zero-to-62 mph is a spec that the buyer of any performance vehicle is going to want to see in type. But not all vehicles are optimized to perform only on pavement, so why should acceleration estimates only relate to ideal track conditions? When it comes to a high-performance SUV, wouldn't it be interesting to see how quickly 62 mph comes in the rough? Land Rover thought so, so it put the 542-hp Range Rover Sport SVR through the acceleration paces on a variety of surfaces, including sand, snow and wet grass.

We already know the Range Rover SVR can dash from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a sporty 4.7 seconds. That time is listed right below the bit about the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and its 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque (404 kW / 680 Nm). Land Rover didn't just let the paper do the talking, though, confirming the time at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, UK. 4.7 seconds, indeed.

If you really want to push a vehicle like the Range Rover SVR, you definitely don't spend all your time straight-lining it on a track. So Land Rover took it on a tour of five additional testing venues around Europe to let it sprint over a variety of ground types. It rode the same standard Michelin 275/45 R21 All-Season tires in all environments and relied on the standard Terrain Response 2 system to fine-tune drive settings and optimize traction and acceleration according to conditions.

After the track test, Land Rover flipped the Terrain Response 2 system to "Grass/Gravel/Snow" and tested it in all three. The SVR rolled through the wet grass of Land Rover Experience East of England, shooting from 0 to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds. So slick grass didn't hold the SUV back much. Neither did gravel, as the SVR mastered a gravelly quarry to the tune of 5.3 seconds to 62 mph, its best time off pavement.

The 542-hp Range Rover Sport SVR doesn't appear intimidated by any type of terrain
The 542-hp Range Rover Sport SVR doesn't appear intimidated by any type of terrain

Snow, on the other hand, proved more of a pull on the SVR's acceleration. Land Rover dropped the SVR at its winter test facility in Northern Sweden and relied on the four-wheel drive and Terrain Response system to keep things stable as it fired forward to 62 mph on a combination of snow and ice in 11.3 seconds, by far its slowest time.

Mud was the next trial for the Range Rover Sport SVR, and with help from the "Mud and Ruts" mode, it managed to splash around like a happy pig and make the 0-62 mark in 6.5 seconds. The high-speed grains of Pendine Sands in South Wales proved even less of an obstacle, as Land Rover dialed the SVR into "Sand" mode and sped its way to a 5.5-second 0-62 mph time.

There's no firing off to 62 mph in rock crawling mode, but Land Rover dropped the dial to this setting, anyway, climbing a rocky 32-percent incline to put an exclamation point on the SVR's well-rounded all-terrain performance.

Land Rover climbs some big rocks
Land Rover climbs some big rocks

"The Range Rover Sport SVR is famed for its on-road performance, but this hasn't been achieved at the expense of customary Land Rover capability," driver and Jaguar Land Rover stability applications leader Darren Jones summed up.

A list of the Range Rover Sport SVR's locations and times:

  • Rockingham Race Circuit – Dynamic – 4.7 seconds
  • Land Rover Experience Centre, East of England – Grass – 5.5 seconds
  • Quarry, South Wales – Gravel – 5.3 seconds
  • Winter Testing Facility, Arjeplog, Sweden – Snow – 11.3 seconds
  • All-Terrain Testing Facility, South Wales – Mud – 6.5 seconds
  • Pendine Sands – Sand – 5.5 seconds

Source: Land Rover

2 comments
Milton
Very cool concept. Even if all of the models sold spend their time on perfect pavement. I'm curious how the Model X performs in the same scenarios (even though Tesla isn't fooling itself with off-road performance claims).
Nairda
Now attach simplified directional x-ray/ultrasonics and spec analysers in front of each wheel for real time adaptability to incoming objects and their consistency, i.e. - look ahead buffer to sense the incoming rock/ice in the snow and prepare accordingly.