By Paul Strauss
Brands love to tout their 0-to-60 km/h and 0-to-100 km/h times, but most of the time, those are recorded in ideal conditions, on a dragstrip with sticky race tires. But when you’re buying a sports SUV like the Range Rover Sport SVR, chances are you’ll be driving it on some some more challenging terrain. To show off the capabilities of the performance SUV’s high-tech terrain management system, Range Rover decided to do a series of 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprints on a variety of tricky surfaces.
After a quick baseline on smooth asphalt, they took the supercharged 550hp luxury utility vehicle out on grass, gravel, snow, mud, and sand to see how it did on each surface. Now keep in mind that each sprint was run on stock 21-inch Michelin all-season tires. Check out the video below to see how well it performed:
With a speedy 4.7 second run on dry tarmac, I’d expect much lower times on any wet or loose terrain, but the SVR kicked butt, turning in sub-6 second times on grass, gravel, and sand, and not much worse on mud.
|Grass||Grass, Gravel and Snow||5.5 seconds|
|Gravel||Grass, Gravel and Snow||5.3 seconds|
|Snow||Grass, Gravel and Snow||11.3 seconds|
|Mud||Mud and Ruts||6.5 seconds|
Snow, on the other hand, will challenge the best vehicle if it’s riding on all-season tires like Land Rover did in their test. I wonder how fast it would be on some proper winter tires or with studs – I’m guessing they’d cut off a few seconds for sure. I’m going to be heading to Arjeplog, Sweden next week with Land Rover and Jaguar to take part in their awesome Ice Academy program, so I guess I’ll find out for myself soon enough.
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