Range Rover Sport SVR vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo track battle


Welcome to another Auto Express track battle.
This one between the Porsche Cayenne Turbo
and the blistering new Range Rover Sport SVR
where we’ll be finding out which one is fastest
around the challenging circuit of Croft in
North Yorkshire. One of the key things that
the Cayenne has at its disposal is a thumping
great twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 with 514 horsepower
and a monumental amount of torque – quite
a bit more than even in the Range Rover. It’s
also got an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox
– that makes quite a difference on a track.
The Range Rover has an eight-speed gearbox
as well but it’s not dual-clutch so it’s not
going to be just as snappy. And it weighs
a couple of hundred kilos less than the Range
Rover so that’s key. Right, out of the last
corner which is a hairpin. The gearbox just
picks ratio off like that, right we begin
our timed lap now. Flipping heck! It feels
so fast, into the first corner. It feels as
if you could really come unstuck very rapidly
into there. I’ve got everything switched off
because it’s definitely quickest. Just the
agility this thing has – for something that
weighs 2.2 tonnes maybe with me in it, it
just mental how fast it is in a straight line.
And, how it responds when you kind of pile
it into a corner and ask it to change direction
properly. That’s the really freaky bit when
you’re driving this thing. It’s quite nice
when it slides, too. It does that in a four-wheel
drift which is great because you know where
both ends are. That’s a pretty senior bit
of track through there, I have to admit. So
is ti through here, madly fast. This one’s
got the optional ceramic brakes so it really
really stops beautifully. You know just where
the front end is so that you can stick the
front tyres into the middle of puddle like
that, pile up to a corner like this and it
just stops. It shouldn’t stop this fast, this
car because of how much it weighs, but it
does. I mean, how could you not like this
thing? Let’s see what the time ends up – short
shift out of there because it feels like it’s
about to light its tyres up. That is the lap
time to beat. Blimey, one minute, forty-one
seconds around Croft. That’s really fast.
The Cayenne Turbo really is the car to beat
in this segment. Question is, can the new
Range Rover get anywhere near that time? I’m
not convinced, I mean it’s a heck of a piece
of kit, the new Range Rover. They reckon it’s
a good 20% sharper, faster, nimbler than the
existing Range Rover Sport which is saying
something actually. When you do the maths
and you look at the figures, I’m not sure
the Range Rover can do it. It’s got 542 horsepower
so it’s more powerful than the Porsche, but
it weighs at least 2.4 tonnes with me in it,
it doesn’t have as much torque as the Porsche
by about 50 lbs/ft, it doesn’t have as sharp
a gearbox as the Porsche. So I don’t know,
it’s going to be really close. Okay, so, up
to the last corner to start the lap. Good
traction, good traction. The gearbox works
nicely, not just as well as the Porsche. I
think it’s just as quick as the Porsche in
a straight line, but goodness me, into that
corner there’s more understeer than there
was in the Porsche. It just feels like there’s
more vehicle to try and maintain control of.
It’s doing something quite weird through there.
It’s kind of cork-screwing and then it’s trying
to kill me. It doesn’t like that at all. That
big oversteer moment there where the DSC just
went “What are you doing?” and just threw
all of its toys out of the pram. It does stop
pretty well, though, for a big barge, and
it does turn in well, so long as you can stay
off the mud. Okay, through the S, it’s just
a lot of car to maintain control of. It doesn’t
feel anywhere near as good as the Porsche
through there. I’m having to go across the
grass there. That was almost out of control.
it’s feeling pretty exciting, I mean very
quick, but it just hasn’t got the grip, it
just doesn’t have the ultimate composure of
the Porsche. When you really start to chuck
it about, the front end doesn’t feel anywhere
near as nailed. You’ve just got to wait, wait,
wait. Go on, gently, gently, gently, gently.
No, I don’t think this is anywhere near as
quick as the Porsche. It’s a whole heap of
fun, I’ll grant you that. In the end the,
the Range Rover SVR is fast, but not quite
fast enough to deal with the seismic event
that is Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Does that really
mean anything out there in the real world?
Does it prevent eh Range Rover from being
anything other than a great new car? Not really,
no. On the other hand, you can’t argue with
the numbers. And in this case, those numbers
add up to one, very simple result. The Porsche
wins by two and a half seconds. That’s some
margin. The Cayenne Turbo is some car. Click
on the video windows to see what the Range
Rover is like on the road, and to watch our
track battle between the Porsche Macan Turbo
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