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Range Rover claims new SUV lap record


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It's a good looking, great sounding SUV. And now, apparently, it's the quickest 4x4 SUV to ever lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife. As you can read on the official JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) website, the time is claimed as 8m14s for a full lap of the Nordschleife.

That is pretty damn fast. According to my own sources, the previous generation Range Rover Sport only ever managed an 8m55s. And there are other rumours of an 8m33s for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

In fact, 8m14s puts this obstroculos beast in spitting range of such benchmark cars as the BMW E46 M3 or 1-M.

I'm not sure how much a potential Range Rover Sport buyer cares about laptimes on racetracks, but I'm guessing that JLR have done their homework on that one. Otherwise they wouldn't have been pushing the SVR/Nürburgring connection as much as they have... 

Official video

The one thing I'm very sure of is that Chrysler will not take this laying down. Their Grand Cherokee was setting the pace here a couple of years ago, piloted by local heroine Sabine. I believe there's an update due soon, and it could get the whole new range of motors now being fitted to its US cousins.

I've also shot a few videos with the Range Rover SVR in. Like this one:

And if the Cherokee or Cayenne Turbo S don't dethrone the Rangey soon, then what about the Audi Q7 V12?

Exciting times, relatively speaking. ;)

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