It was going to be the ultimate Range Rover. The fastest full-size version of Land Rover’s luxobarge, the coolest, and the most expensive. But it wasn’t to be.
The two-door Range Rover SV Coupe was revealed last year and given the green light for a production run of 999, but now Land Rover has confirmed that the vehicle has been cancelled.
In a statement, the company said:
“We have taken the difficult decision to inform our customers that the Range Rover SV Coupé will not proceed into production. Instead, Land Rover is focusing its resources and investment on the next generation of world-class products.”
JLR will be trying to cut £2.5 billion in costs over the next 18 months, part of which will involve the loss of 4500 jobs. It seems the SV Coupe is another casualty of the scheme.
The £240,000 SV Coupe wouldn’t have been the most frugal thing to make. Each was going to be hand-built at JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in Warwickshire, and little of the bodywork was shared with the regular Range Rover - only the bonnet and tailgate were carried over.
The plan was to shove a 557bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet, meaning it would have still done 0-62mph in five seconds dead and top out at 165mph, despite the hefty weight figure.
We’ve no doubt it would have been a wonderful thing on many levels, so its demise is a massive shame.