Overfinch Range Rover Supersport makes Salon Privé debut

Well-respected tuning firm takes the Range Rover Sport SVR to new levels of reduced weight and increased expense

Renowned Range Rover specialist Overfinch has revealed its latest take on the Range Rover Sport at the 2016 Salon Privé.

Called the Range Rover Supersport, just 25 examples of the reworked Range Rover will be created, each aimed at reducing the weight and increasing the performance of the standard car.

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Based on the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Supersport cuts weight through new wheels, a carbonfibre bonnet, and titanium exhaust.

Despite being 22 inches in diameter, the ‘Leggero’ forged monoblock alloy wheels save 5.5kg apiece compared with the standard rims. At half an inch wider, they also offer the option of upgrading to wider tyres, to the benefit of grip.

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A carbonfibre bonnet saves an additional 5kg – a 33 per cent saving – and the new Overfinch titanium exhaust system, at 14.81kg, is 11kg lighter than the standard system, or 43 per cent less.

It should also contribute small performance gains on the existing 5-litre supercharged V8, with 60 per cent lower back pressure. There’s a new air filter housing and secondary intake, for further airflow gains.

No figures are claimed (we'll update you when they've been confirmed), but in an SUV that already thunders to 60mph in 4.5sec courtesty of a 542bhp output, tangible differences might be difficult to identify.

The rest of Overfinch’s upgrades are cosmetic. Inside there are redesigned seats trimmed in Bridge of Weir leather and featuring a carbonfibre-style finish, and a power bulge on the new carbonfibre bonnet is left exposed to better appreciate the material’s use.

The familiar weave can also be found surrounding the new enlarged air intakes, low on the front splitter, across the wheel arch spats, and along the rear valance. All of the above were developed in conjunction with Prodrive, so should be more than mere tinsel.

Pricing, as you might expect, is significant. Regular SVRs start at £95,150, but the Overfinich version lifts that to £179,990. The special launch edition version, with ‘Ariana grey’ paintwork and satin-finish carbonfibre accents, clocks in at £198,990.

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