Off-roaders and sports cars sit at opposite ends of the car spectrum; off-roaders need masses of ground clearance for handling tough terrain, while sports cars need to be hunkered down to the road for ultimate road holding.
However, Land Rover claims to have mixed the best of both worlds in its fastest, most powerful car ever – the Range Rover Sport SVR – which will make an appearance at the Pebble Beach concours event in California on August 14. With 543bhp on tap thanks to a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, this machine can race from a standstill to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds and keep going all the way to a top speed limited to 162mph.
The Sport SVR is also pretty capable around corners, recording a Nurburgring lap time of just eight minutes and 14 seconds – making it the fastest production SUV around the iconic German circuit. Despite its performance Range Rover claims that the Sport SVR can still wade through 850mm of water and tow up to three tonnes.
The sporty machine comes with 21-inch all-terrain tyres and an active four-pipe exhaust which gives a rousing V8 soundtrack. This is the world's first two-stage active exhaust which gives a "racecar-inspired soundtrack at higher engine revs".
With an eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and adaptive exhaust, the SVR should remain a refined cruiser too. The SVR also receives a bespoke interior with unique sports seats.
Order books for this £93,450 leviathan open in October with deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2015. Take a look at what to expect from this machine in the video below: