You’ve got to admire the guys over at Jaguar and Land Rover for doing this. The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography now carries a big 5.0L V8.

It’s with ups and downs over at JLR after they killed off the SV Coup√© with a limited run of 999 units. Now the guys from SVO have something to cheer us up. Meet the new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography.

The biggest change, obviously, is on the inside of the new Range Rover Velar. Where the previous most powerful engine was a 380 hp 3.0 supercharged V6 now sits a big 5.0 supercharged V8 purring out a steady 550 hp. Performance is thus greatly increased with a 0-100 kmh of 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 274 kmh. The Velar also gets a bigger 82 L fuel tank to hopefully make you visit the petrol station less often. (But not really).

However it’s not only big power they dumped into the Velar. Uprated brakes, 395mm front/396mm rear, make sure that it can handle braking at higher speeds. Suspension and safety systems have been recalibrated as well to mix performance with comfort even better.

The top of the line Range Rover Velar is instantly recognisable by its big vents up front. And have you seen the back? The quad exhaust dominates the rear bumper and gives a warning to other people that this isn’t a car to mess with.

Costing ¬£86.120 before options, the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography is not what you call cheap. However there’s probably not a lot of competition that packs the same peformance, looks and practicallity as this one.

If you come to think of it. Jaguar and Land Rover are basically the Americans of Europe. Want to make a car better? Just slap in a big supercharged V8!
But that’s not a bad thing, not at all. We’d love to see this mentality with other manufacturers as well.