It’s genuinely difficult not to chuckle when you push the supercharged V8’s accelerator into the deep carpet and the nose rises like a speedboat on a still lake. At its most potent, the 557bhp SVA will hit 62mph in 5.4sec. How so much power is still unable to crack five seconds for the sprint is perhaps explained by the 2591kg kerb weight.
Lesser P400 and P400e models hit 62mph in 6.3sec and 6.4sec respectively, although both are less relaxed than the two new diesels that surf their torque waves with more ease. The new Ingenium diesels will get the Range Rover to 62mph in 7.4sec and 7.1sec, which you’ll agree is a relaxed figure, but one in keeping with laidback power delivery.
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So while a Range Rover is unlikely to challenge even the most garden variety hot hatchback from the lights, that’s not really the point, as a Range Rover is most at home at low rpm as it breathes with the road surface, ‘making progress’ rather than storming up and down a B-road.