Caught lapping the Nurburgring by spy photographers, the upcoming Velar gets Range Rover’s SVR treatment through larger-diameter front and rear brakes. They seem to be bigger six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston systems in the rear. Under the hood, there’s most likely the exact same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 found in the basic Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type SVR.
Although we have heard before that Jaguar Land Rover could be testing a turbocharged variation of the SVR power plant, this variant won’t likely see that new mill as it’s still under construction. Power from the supercharged engine probably will not deviate from the rating discovered in the other 2 cars, with the Velar SVR producing about 550 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque. A modified eight-speed gearbox and the Velar’s lower weight might move the Velar faster than its Range Rover SVR sibling.
Along with the bump in power because of the larger engine, the Velar SVR uses a set of more aggressive front and rear fascias, improving the car’s more track-focused existence, along with diverting air towards the bigger engine and brakes. What we cannot see is the interior and if it likewise got the SVR treatment with sportier seats and a more focused dash space as is the case with both the Jaguar and Range Rover Sport.
The Velar’s basic air suspension, four-wheel drive, LEDs, and off-road capabilities will not most likely change, although we would be surprised if the more costly Velar SVR didn’t get the optional laser-matrix headlights and up-market Meridian stereo as basic too.
As the standard Velar will go on sale later on 2017, the Velar SVR will not be available until the beginning of next year, or possibly mid-2018. Rates for the standard Velar begins at $49,900 with the turbocharged I-4, and bumps approximately $64,200 for the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
The Velar SVR, however, will probably cost around $30,000 more than its V-6 sibling as that’s about the difference between the Range Rover Sport Supercharged and the Range Rover Sport SVR.