You may remember a few months ago we wrote about a possible Range Rover Velar V8 being tested at the Nurburgring.
At the time we simply assumed it would be called the Range Rover Velar SVR. It made sense – after all, the V8 version of the F-Pace was called the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
Well, it seems the folks at Land Rover have had different plans for their stunning midsize SUV.
Instead of a sporting version of the Velar, Land Rover has created a more luxurious iteration. It’s called the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition – certainly a mouthful.
You can only buy it throughout 2019, and the V8 is exactly the same as the one powering the Range Rover Sport SVR. You know, a supercharged 5.0-liter firebreathing monster creating a whopping 542 hp of power and a healthy dose of torque with 502 lb-ft on tap.
The power runs through the obligatory ZF eight-speed automatic, but to ensure that everything can withstand that colossal grunt, the transfer case has been strengthened. That way, when you head off road, nothing’s going to snap.
Plant your right foot and the Velar SVA will get from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds. Want to hear it doing it? Have a listen to the video below.
We should have known that this wasn’t an SVR by the unchanged bodykit and the fact that it doesn’t appear to be sitting much lower than the standard Velar.
If you keep your right foot buried, the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition will hit a top speed of 170 mph. Not bad for a luxo-bus.
You’ll notice the new addition to the Velar range by its slightly different front bumper that has larger air intakes, plus there’s a new grille, revised sill panels, a redesigned rear bumper to allow for the four exhaust tips, and like most Range Rovers these days, a contrasting black roof.
As standard, the wheels are 21-inches, though there are 22-inch rims available (as an option, of course). Peek through the wheels to the brakes and the extra power necessitates 395mm discs brakes with four-piston calipers up front, but interestingly, the rear discs are bigger, at 396mm in diameter.
To make sure it feels different, and also makes use of the extra torque, the SVO division (which created the V8-powered Velar) has spent time recalibrating the all-wheel-drive system, in addition to the gearbox’s ratios.
The active rear differential, power steering setup, and the standard adaptive dampers have also been revised, specific to the V8. You can be pretty sure a lot of that has come from the work done on the F-Pace.
Open the door and you’re greeted with a different steering wheel (a sports wheel), the shift paddles are fashioned from aluminum, and the leather is top-shelf Windsor hide, as per the other SVAutobiography vehicles. And yes, seat heating and cooling is standard.
You’ll also get massaging pews (a great way to spend an afternoon drive home), 20-ways of adjustment, and two large screens in the center for vehicle, HVAC and infotainment settings.
Jaguar Land Rover’s earnings down
The release of the Velar V8 has coincided with the announcement that Jaguar Land Rover posted a £3.4 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2018.
The company says that the lack of demand for diesel engines and sub-par sales in China are the reasons behind the loss, which is the company’s worst quarterly downturn.
There was a £3.1 billion write-down on the value of some of Jaguar Land Rover’s investments, which as you can see contributed to the majority of the loss. The company also says that around 50 percent of that came from land and buildings that haven’t lived up to their projected value, with the rest from an expected downturn in sales.
On the back of this, around ten percent of the workforce would be cut, with the costs saved propping up the figures for the first quarter of this year.
The Dieselgate saga has played a large part in slowing demand for diesel engines, with the world’s largest markets still buying gasoline engines as the majority.
Jaguar Land Rover has also gone on a PR offensive, defending the diesel engine and its benefits.