Land Rover South Africa has confirmed that a special edition Range Rover SVR is on headed for South Africa, and fast. The SVR Carbon Edition joins the Range Rover line-up with an added dose of flare from their Special Vehicle Operations division. The SVR has always held the highest rank in the Range Rover family where speed and performance are concerned, with the brand declaring it the fastest and most powerful Land Rover to come out of their UK based production plant.

It’s often said that the only constant in life is change, and this time around the brand has opted for mild improvements to their Range Rover Sport SVR formula. The Carbon Edition iteration is set apart by the use of extensive carbon fibre detailing as its name suggests. The Range Rover Sport’s exterior will be clad in the lightweight material. Sections of its large bonnet, grille and front bumper, as well as the mirror covers, will be finished in carbon fibre. To complete the look, the SVR Carbon Edition will sport 22-inch gloss black alloys on all-four corners.

It’s interior receives the same treatment although in moderation, which is a good thing as less is more where carbon fibre interior finishes are concerned. Slim SVR performance seats have always distinguished the athletic Range Rover from its even-tempered siblings, and they still hold the fort in this special edition of sports SUV, saving 30kg’s from the standard seats. The supportive seats are embossed with SVR badging lest you forget which of the Range Rover’syou’re piloting.

A Meridian Surround System keeps the interior lively with all the crisp sounds through 19-speakers including a dual-channel subwoofer. The total audio output is 825 watts. Speaking of audio, the SVR title has always been associated with producing some of the best exhaust sounds from a V8 engine. To be frank, vehicles with this treatment sound feral under hard acceleration. At the core of this distinct soundtrack is the proven 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which resides in the existing Range Rover Sport SVR and will continue its life in the Carbon Edition. The engine produces 423kW and 700Nmsent to all four wheels, with enough force to propel the Range Rover from standstill to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. Top speed peaks at 283 km/h and a redesigned front bumper ensures that the brakes are effectively cooled after a heated run.

The waiting period for this Range Rover Sport SVR in carbon fibre apparel will be a short one, with its local debut announced for the fourth quarter of 2020. Pricing is still to be announced, although we are certain it will ring in at well over the R2.5 million mark.

By Gugu Masuku