Running a Range Rover Sport SVR as a long-termer means a few different things. First, you spend a lot on petrol. Second, you spend a lot on speeding fines, if you don’t employ the cruise control or its built-in governor.
We’ve put coming on for 20,000 miles on the SVR now, so it’s no longer a new car in the this-is-what-we-test-drive sense of the word. It’s fast enough to threaten your licence, that’s for sure, but more to the point in everyday use it’s gloriously comfortable – in true Range Rover style, it carries you along like a first-class passenger even when you’re the one doing the driving.
Those miles have taken the newness off the seat leather, but the cabin remains thoroughly robust. Elsewhere, the original tyres have worn out and it’s on a new set – new and, this time, wrapped around some 22” rims.
Ride quality is definitely fussier as a result. But there’s more grip, meaning greater traction whichever pedal you’re standing on.
You might even think it looks cooler as well. But that’s just a by-product of making the Sport sportier than ever. Isn’t it?