Range Rover Sport: BMW-Powered in 2024? Nurburgring Footage Reveals

Say Farewell to the V8 Supercharged.

Spotted running at the Nurburgring, speculation is mounting that the upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR will feature a BMW powertrain, opposed to the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 motor currently implemented in its predecessor. This supposition follows the news that the Defender model also looks set to include a BMW twin-turbo S63 V8.

We’ve wondered how the newest iteration of the SVR would sound. Would Land Rover manage to recreate the charm of the former, or risk it all and start anew? The answer is now apparent: the latter. While maintaining a low hum at part throttle, it definitely feels angrier when pushed hard; the supercharger growl has been replaced by a proper shriek, not unlike the yelp of a turbocharged engine. All in all, this aural transformation may just be the controversial breath of fresh air that the SVR needed – if nothing else, to make the neighbors happier.What do we know? The previous Range Rover SVR carried a very distinct soundtrack, even at minimal acceleration. It had an extraordinary infusion of both Gatling gun-type sounds and more moderate supercharger noises; we would go so far as suggesting that it was one of the main reasons why one would choose to own an SVR, seeing as the X5M of that era held the advantage over it in nearly every other area. With regards to sound, however, the Range Rover SVR was incomparable.Therefore, we have been asking ourselves what the newest edition of the SVR’s acoustics would feel like. Would Land

As was demonstrated in the clip below, one can plainly hear that the SVR is still driven by a V8 engine. If you have ever been near a vehicle from BMW’s famous series of cars using the Twin-Turbocharged 4.4 Liter V8, one must notice the similar sound.


It’s regrettable that Jaguar Land Rover are unable to draw further power from their supercharged V8. Being limited to just one vehicle at present, the hulking all-roader produces the same 518bhp as its SVR predecessor. Even when attaining its maximum possible potency, the 5.0 V8 offers up a respectable 567bhp; however, in consideration of the escalating showdown of horsepower between brands, this is might be judged as being an insignificant total.

In spite of it being in its demoted configuration, BMW’s double-turbocharged V8 (N63) churns out a powerful 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, annihilating the preceding SVR’s statistics. The question remains, however, if BMW will permit Land Rover to utilise the most potent S63.

The arrangement between Land Rover and BMW stands firm, since it has gains for each business. BMW obtains income from a motor that already has recovered its production outlay extensively since 2008 throught its multiple forms. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover saves money with the acquisition of an existing engine fully conforming to any world legislation. They can convey their savings to the department that works on building new electric Jags.

When it comes to the Range Rover SVR, a conflicting matter arises. The all-new SVR could potentially face direct competition against the recently updated BMW X5 M Competition model. Given both vehicles feature a dependable German powerhouse motor, opting for the more adventurous British car becomes more appealing.

It is predicted that BMW M will most likely be supplying Land Rover with the S63 V8 since it holds no risk to its economic stability. North America being one of the premier automotive markets for Land Rover, yet only approximately 60,000 vehicles were sold here within the last twelve months across all product models. By comparison, in just the USA, BMW reported total sales of 82,000 vehicles through their X5 range in 2020.

The SVR does not pose a threat to the X5M in the market, but whether or not Land Rover can create a superior performance sports utility vehicle utilizing BMW components is yet to be determined.

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