Unique Springbok Range Rover Sport SVR shows what SVO team can do.
British racing green might be a colour more famously associated with sister brand Jaguar, but Land Rover has built a one-off Range Rover Sport SVR for our boys in green (and gold).
Due for its public debut at the Simola hill climb this coming weekend, this unique Range Rover Sport SVR was commissioned as a tribute to the Springbok rugby team, as they start preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Beyond the patriotic novelty value of this Range Rover Sport SVR, it does serve a very clear marketing purpose for Land Rover South Africa. The aim of this project was to illustrate to potential customers of the brand, who seek greater customisation, exactly what is on offer via Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team (SVO) in the U.K.
The specific Springbok tribute Range Rover is not a vinyl wrap job. Great care was taken to match the exact Pantone hue of the current team jersey’s green and replicate that to the Range Rover Sport SVR’s aluminium shell, at the initiation of the build process. Springbok logos were then added and yellow brake callipers (signifying the ‘gold’ element of the team’s colours) complete the tribute SVR’s exterior detailing.
Inside there are plaques on the B-pillars and door entry tread plates, featuring Springbok insignia and scripting. The SVR’s steering wheel mounted column shifters are also finished gold, whilst yellow stitching holds the leather seats and door panel trim together. Land Rover’s SVO technicians have also adjusted cabin mood lighting to glow an appropriate Springbok green.
Mechanically there have been no changes to the very rapid Range Rover Sport SVR hardware, which means this Springbok tribute commission vehicle is powered by a 5-litre supercharged V8, good for 423 kW and 700 Nm. The kind of power which should ensure storming 0-100 kph acceleration, even if you have the current Springbok tight-five aboard, occupying this Range Rover’s five seats.