Thursday 25 December 2014

'Fastest Land Rover in history' can sprint from standing start to 100kmh in just 4.7 seconds

Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30

Land Rover

THE 'fastest Land Rover in history' debuts tomorrow.

The Range Rover Sport SVR will touch down at Pebble Beach with some impressive figures to reveal.

The first to wear the 'SVR' badge (which will adorn Land Rover and Jaguar high-performance models from now on), it has an electronically limited top speed of 245km.

And the 550bhp (up 40bhp) surpercharged 5-litre V8 engine shifts that large frame from a standing start to100km in just 4.72 seconds. We're told they have this two-stage 'active exhaust' with electronically controlled valves which produces a 'race-car-inspired soundtrack' at higher revs.

There's an 8spd automatic transmission, special sports seats and, of course, 4WD. And they are at pains to point out that for all its speed and agility, it doesn't lose any of its off-road abilities.

Like the Sport, it has all-aluminium monocoque construction so weight is down 39pc.

The permanent four-wheel drive comes with a two-speed transfer case; a low-range option and 50/50 torque split front-to-rear.

The revised air suspension automatically varies between two ride heights. And the excellent Terrain Response 2 system automatically chooses the best mode for the prevailing underfoot conditions.

I'm told by the distributors here that they don't have a price for it yet.

Wraps to come off 'race-track' McLaren Sprint

McLaren GT will take the wraps off its track-only 650S Sprint this week at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.

Based on the recent 650S Coupe, the stripped out Sprint has a revised Brake Steer system as well as ProActive Chassis Control (PCC).

They say the upgrades make for a 'more engaging' GT racing drive but you don't lose the balance of the road car.

The 3.8-litre twin-turbo M838T engine is carried over from the 650S road car. They are quoting stg£198,000.

Super greenengine in new Fabia 'can do 91mpg'

REPORTS suggest Skoda's new Fabia will have an engine capable of 91.1mpg.

The car, one of the largest superminis around, goes on sale after its debut at the Paris motor show in October.

Among the four petrol and three diesels, will be a 1-litre 3cyl, a 4cyl 1.2-litre TSI, and a 3cyl 1.4-litre diesel (from 74bhp to 103bhp).

Not long after, there will be a Greenline version (based on the 1.4-litre diesel, 74bhp) and that's the one claimed to be capable of 91.1mpg.

Overall Skoda say the new Fabia will be 17pc easier on fuel.

Irish Independent

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