Usually big, heavy and focused on carrying plenty of people, luggage and caravans, performance is usually well down on the priority list. With Panasonic Jaguar racing driver Ho-Pin Tung behind the wheel, a standard spec Range Rover Sport SVR made the climb in 9 minutes and 51 seconds, setting unofficial record.
With 567bhp and 700Nm available from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, the SVR is now is the fastest Land Rover and can accelerate from 0 to100km/h in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 280km/h. On Tuesday, Land Rover uploaded a video of its new Range Rover Sport SVR taking an easier route up the mountain, by way of the 99-corner, 7-mile road etched into its side.
Helping to set the record was the SVR's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 423kW and 700Nm. That's certainly not the case with the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort.
"I am used to the high speeds of racing but these 99 turns were something unique", he said.
It's not every day that an SUV is faster than a supercar on a twisty mountain road, but that's what the Range Rover Sport SVR can now brag about. The rest of the SUV is overhauled by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations team, enhancing everything from the brakes, the aero for the body, cooling, and suspension to help with overall performance. Even after its world record climb up the 999 steps leading to the legendary rock arch they call "Heaven's Gate", the United Kingdom automaker still had an even more daring escapade in mind, this one involving the intimidating 7-mile road that winds its way up the side of the mountain.
Now its time to check out the record-breaking run.