Range Rover Velar SVR 2019: spy shots, details and release date

High-performance Range Rover Velar SVR spotted testing as it prepares to take on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Seen here in our spy shots, the forthcoming Range Rover Velar SVR is set to arrive this year, taking on medium-sized performance luxury SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Porsche Macan Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

In contrast to its turbocharged six-cylinder competition, it’s expected that the Range Rover Velar SVR will be powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine with over 500bhp – an engine that’s already found under the bonnet of the recently revealed and closely related Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox will complete the powertrain.

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Performance should be impressive – the heavier Range Rover Sport SVR uses a similar engine and manages 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds. We’d bet on the Velar SVR matching that figure.

The Range Rover Velar looks to have received the usual SVR styling treatment, with larger air intakes, a rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes, along with a small rear wing.

New 22-inch wheels are likely to feature, as is a lower ride height courtesy of a reworked active air suspension system. The Velar’s stylish interior will also get a sporty makeover, with carbon fibre trim and slimline sports seats a strong possibility.

We expect the Range Rover Velar SVR to go on sale next year with a starting price of around £80,000-90,000 when it arrives, undercutting its Range Rover Sport SVR sibling.

Read more about the standard Range Rover Velar, then see where it lands on our list of slowest-depreciating cars.

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