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2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography packs a supercharged V8

What is it? The hot-rodded edition of Range Rover’s compact luxury sport brute.

Why does it matter? A cynic might say, with some credibility, that Jaguar Land Rover does this SV thing with all its products. And they’d be right, the British automaker eventually shoehorns its supercharged V8 into any engine bay even remotely capable of housing eight pistons and a blower.

That might be factually true, but even a skeptic has to admit 550 horsepower is a convincing argument for optimism. If that’s not persuasive enough, how about 502 pound-feet of torque? Still not enough? How about a zero-to-100 km/h sprint time of just 4.5 seconds? Sports car-like performance from an SUV that weighs 2,090 kilograms before you climb aboard.

To handle all this power, Range Rover upgraded the air suspension, recalibrated the all-wheel-drive system and electronic rear differential, and fitted huge P265/40R22 Pirelli Scorpion performance radials. Not to ignore the company’s off-road heritage, the Dynamic Edition still has a approach angle of 24 degrees and approach is 27.5 degrees, both figures in the Velar’s off-road mode.

When is it coming? This fall.

Should you buy it? Well, the first thing you should know is that whatever the price is, Range Rover claims that the SVAutobiography Dynamic will only be on sale for a year. So, if you want one of the fastest — if not the fastest — compact SUV that just happens to be capable of traipsing down a pretty gnarly trail, then you’d better get your name on a list pretty darn soon.