Land Rover’s latest offering, the arresting Range Rover Velar, isn’t even officially out yet, but a performance-oriented 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR already seems to be in the works. A heavily-camouflaged, more-potent version of the Velar has just been spotted testing, and although we can’t confirm it yet, the test muse shown in these spy shots looks to be a prototype for the Velar SVR variant.
The SVR nameplate is most commonly associated with the likes of Audi Sport, BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. The only other Land Rover models bearing the SVR name at the moment are the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Jaguar F-Type SVR, while the F-Pace SVR is in the production stages. However, in the near future Jaguar Land Rover is planning on releasing the SVR versions of the XE and XF sedans as well. The development of these new performance variants is conducted under the watchful eye of the company’s Special Vehicle Operations department, who will hopefully tune the new Velar SVR a little better than their previous offering, the Range Rover Sport SVR.
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The 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR prototype, although laboriously concealed, exhibits some features representative of a performance oriented SVR variants. Namely, the new broadened intakes in the front bumper and a diffuser integrated in the rear bumper with two giant exhaust tips to boot. Moreover, the prototype also appears to feature new brake discs and calipers that are so large that they that almost fill out the insides of the wheels in their entirety.
Engine and Powertrain
While there aren’t any details about the powertrain alignment available just yet, the photographer that was at the scene and took these spy images claims that the test mule produced a recognizable sound that could only come from a V8 engine. With that in mind, it is very likely that the 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR will feature a version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. With some tweaks and improvements, this V8 has the potential to deliver anywhere between 500 and 575 horsepower, while under the Velar SVR’s hood.
In comparison, the highest performance version of the regular Velar that is going on sale later this year, is a 380 hp from a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 model.
2019 Range Rover Velar SVR Release Date and Price
The 2019 Range Rover Velar SVR will most likely go on sale sometime in the second half of 2018, as a 2019 model. As for the pricing, the base Range Rover Velar will go on sale at about $50.000, but the addition of the SVR nameplate could sky rocket its pricing to well above $70.000. But these are only our predictions, and we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the official information to come out.
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