The sound of a Range Rover Sport SVR, at first, it sounds like a distant Chinook helicopter, all low and rumbly and full of trouble. When it really gets going you might mistake it for a passing NASCAR. For an SUV, it’s fantastic, and utterly riotous. So let’s go inside Range Rover’s acoustic bunker, known properly as the NVH department, to see how they make this thing sound so good.
NVH is industry-speak for noise, vibration and harshness, and people in this line of work devote much of their lives to making car cabins hushed and peaceful places in which to be. But occasionally they’re asked to go full Spinal Tap, and create a rock ’n’ roll sound worthy of the fastest Range Rover ever built.
Photography: Richard Pardon
This feature was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Top Gear Magazine.