Behold, the majesty that is the Blue Rhinoceros! We photographed this example in its natural habitat of Birmingham, Michigan, but the mighty Blue is also known to congregate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Newport Beach, California, or wherever there are sufficiently snooty feeding options.
At 5438 pounds, our Estoril Blue Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR weighs about as much as a full-grown White Rhinoceros, with which it shares its unlikely agility and propensity to charge. This powerful beast, says its maker, can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in an impressive, and slightly comical, 8 minutes and 14 seconds, quite quick by the standard of pachyderms with horns.
We have come to grips with the idea that car buyers are attracted to a breed of two-and-a-half-ton performance brutes. With the Porsche Cayenne Turbos and M-, AMG-, and SRT-branded bulls roaming the automotive savannah, it was only a matter of time before Land Rover birthed its own version.
To do so, Land Rover has turned up the boost on its familiar supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. At 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, the SVR’s engine pumps out 40 more horsepower and 41 more pound-feet of torque than the version in the standard Range Rover Sport Supercharged. And it’s only 26 pounds heavier than the last Sport Supercharged we tested. So, each of the SVR’s horses has three-quarters of a pound less rhino to move than the non-SVR. That helped the SVR hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds, knocking 0.3 second off each of the standard Supercharged model’s times. The last BMW X5 M we tested posted a 3.8-second run. Maybe a few tenths doesn’t matter much. But it is worth noting that a Dodge Viper we tested in 2005 got to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. These are strange and wondrous times. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Marc Urbano
This review is about range rover sport.