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From Land Rover, an SUV that eats tarmac

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So here it is: confirmed news of a high-performance Range Rover Sport pushing out 542bhp.

Given where most Sports ply their trade, we suppose this is bowing to the inevitable. Yes, it won’t be much cop off-road, but will any future customers of the latest product out of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations Unit really care?

There’s no official word on the drivetrain for the fastest production Range Rover ever, although its stable-mates – the Jaguar XKR-S and XJR – also push out 542bhp from their 5-litre supercharged V8s. So it’s not too much of a stretch to guess what will be under the Sport SVR’s bonnet. Uprated brakes are also likely.

As the series of videos drip-fed over this last week revealed, a camouflaged prototype has been pounding the ‘Ring in the last few months. Development will continue prior to the car going on sale in 2015. If you can’t wait, it will making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

First the Project 7, and now this. We’re keen to see what else Jaguar Land Rover has got hidden in its fancy new shed…

A version of this story originally appeared on TopGear.com.

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