Meridian Signature Audio Package ($4,150 -- includes Meridian Signature 3D surround-sound 1,700 watts, 23 speakers including subwoofer and InControl Apps); SVR Carbon-Fiber Engine Cover ($2,000); Premium Exterior Paints ($1,800); Fixed Panoramic Glass Roof With Power Blind ($1,400); Adaptive Cruise Control ($1,295 -- includes adaptive cruise control with queue assist and intelligent emergency braking); InControl Remote and Protect ($400); Ebony Morzine Headlining ($350); Santorini Black Contrast Roof ($650)
Supercharged, direct-injected V8, gasoline with auto stop-start
Double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
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Acceleration really doesn?t get easier than this. Simply mashing the gas almost produced the fastest run. I only whittled a few tenths off by putting the chassis and drivetrain in Dynamic mode and defeating the stability control. Best acceleration achieved by holding the brake and gas pedals simultaneously, releasing the brake when the engine speed swung near 2,000 rpm, and holding on. There isn't much for the driver to do other than listen to that silly exhaust sound. And laugh.
Lots of stability during emergency stops, requiring no steering inputs to keep straight. You can do ABS stops in this car with your hands off the wheel. The stops were remarkably consistent, but long. It may be a heavy SUV, but it's a performance SUV, and we've come to expect better than 121 feet from this type of vehicle. The braking system didn?t produce any odor or begin to fade, which is impressive for the weight of the car acting on it.
Skid pad: Tall ride height and not-so-grippy tires make the SVR tepid when it comes to handling. It pushes hard on throttle, though a lift helps tuck the nose in. So you stab and lift your way around the skid pad, with the exhaust howling loudly the entire time. It isn't very fun, but man that exhaust still sounds great. Slalom performance was neutered by super-invasive ESC. The SVR cannot approach lateral limits without ESC freaking out and pulling it straight. It's frustrating. But, hey, that exhaust sounds cool. Have I mentioned that already?