Fraternal Twins: Jaguar XE & Land Rover Discovery Sport look to be the first JLR vehicles designed and built with Jaguar Land Rover’s Next-Generation Interface (NGI), now called InControl Touch Infotainment system. With that system and the InControl app, we might actually see official Remote Start in a Land Rover.
We got the first glimpses of it in the Jaguar XE Connected Car preview:
And then some more of the hard buttons in the Discovery Sport interior teaser:
Finally, much nicer looking graphics.
More updated touchscreen graphics from the XE:
Here’s the official PR ahead of the Pebble Beach launch on Thursday – great pics & info – all decked out in optional Carbon Fiber trim! Best part, you lose none of the capabilities of a standard Range Rover Sport.
- The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge
- The Range Rover Sport SVR is the most dynamically focused Land Rover vehicle ever produced
- The SVR features a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph on the track
- Pricing starting at $110,475
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – August 10, 2014 – Capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with an electronically limited top track speed of 162 mph, the Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge.
The SVR features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine which has been developed to produce 550hp and 502lb-ft of torque – a 40hp and 41lb-ft increase over the standard supercharged V8 – while its advanced ZF® 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been tuned to complement the astonishing performance.
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- Range Rover Sport SVR: Fastest and most powerful production Land Rover ever laps legendary Nordschleife circuit in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds.
- Achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort.
Whitley, UK, 30 July 2014 – The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.
The new SVR, which made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an uprated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 550PS – a 40PS increase over the existing V8 Supercharged derivative.
The handling characteristics of the SVR have been honed on the demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife because the undulating circuit’s challenging layout represents the ultimate test for high performance vehicles.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, said:"The Nürburgring is a benchmark for vehicle development and testing, and cars become stronger, more durable and faster over its 13 miles and 70-plus corners. We wanted to see whether an SUV could behave like a performance car in this challenging environment. The results are spectacular and the Range Rover Sport SVR has demonstrated outstanding on-road performance capabilities."
Development of the Range Rover Sport SVR has been carried out by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, with the aim of producing the most performance-focused Range Rover Sport ever. This has been achieved without compromising the vehicle’s class-leading all terrain capabilities or high levels of comfort. The Range Rover Sport SVR features a twin-speed transfer case to provide a choice of high and low gear ratios and the same 850mm wading depth as other models in the Range Rover Sport line-up.
The Range Rover Sport SVR will arrive in Land Rover showrooms in 2015.
Thanks to a poster on the rangerovers.net board, I’ve gotten permission to post up the MY2015 updates bulletin for the Range Rover Sport – enjoy!
Click on image above or here to download completely MPR14-25 bulletin as a PDF
Land Rover and Virgin Galactic Provide Unique Insight Into Test and Development Programmes
- Partners Land Rover and Virgin Galactic make progress in the world of testing and development of new vehicles – on land and in space
- New Discovery Sport entering final development phase, with prototype fleets testing globally
- Land Rover is the first global partner of pioneering commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic
Global partners in adventure, innovation and exploration, Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, have opened the doors on the world of prototype testing and development. For the first time both brands compare the parallels and complexities behind the test and development of a new vehicle. Both Land Rover and Virgin Galactic have used their partnership to share values and experiences that have steered each brand to develop cutting edge technologies for both land and space.
The pioneering partnership, announced in April this year, has continued to make strides through Land Rover’s continued development of the new Discovery Sport vehicle while Virgin Galactic moves closer to the launch of the world’s first spaceline.
As the new Discovery Sport enters its final testing phase, Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which continues its flight test and engineering programs ahead of the launch of its commercial spaceflight programme, are giving a glimpse of what goes into their test and development programmes.
Murray Dietsch, Programme Director, Land Rover, said: "There is a common philosophy towards engineering between Land Rover and our partners Virgin Galactic. We start with an idea and build from there, spending years refining a design and completing virtual testing before the first prototypes see the tarmac. As our partnership with Virgin Galactic develops, it will be fascinating to get closer to their team and explore common areas of engineering and expertise.
"Discovery Sport prototypes have covered approximately 750,000 miles during the testing phase, in some of the world’s harshest and most challenging terrains and climates. A total of 181 prototype vehicles were built, completing over 11,000 tests over their lifetimes around the globe, ensuring total confidence in the robustness of build and design of the vehicles."
"As we look to launching the world’s first spaceline, Virgin Galactic continues to push boundaries and develop pioneering new innovations that bring to life our vision," said George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic. "In engineering and design, like Land Rover, our focus is on precision, ingenuity, and unparalleled design."
Note to editors:
- Land Rover Discovery Sport prototypes have covered approximately 750k test miles during the testing and development phase for the vehicle
- The vehicle was tested to water depths of 600mm
- The vehicle was tested to temperatures of -36° to 42 °
- A total of 11,720 tests were carried out on the vehicle
- The car was tested to inclines of 40 degrees and declines of 45 degrees