Jaguar's AJ-V8 engine is many things to many cars. It may be old, sure – having been developed with Ford money back in the late 1990s – but it's also grown to be seriously powerful, with output rising from 240 horsepower in the original 3.2-liter version to 575 hp in its latest 5.0-liter supercharged form. It's rather ubiquitous, too, powering an assortment of Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford, Lincoln and Land Rover models like the one you see here. And it's one of the sweetest-sounding engines on the market.

That latest AJ-V8-powered Land Rover is the Range Rover Sport SVR, presented in prototype form at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend. That's where Shmee150, one of the most popular automotive videographers on YouTube, caught a glimpse of it being uncrated and started up.

With 550 metric horsepower on tap, it's sure to give even the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S a run for its money – and really, there are few SUVs that can do that (at least until the Lamborghini Urus comes along, or Jeep decides to slot the new 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 into the Grand Cherokee SRT). Expect the first of JLR's SVR models to debut at Pebble Beach next month, but in the meantime, watch – and more importantly, listen – to the video below.


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      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago
      That noise tickles me in a special place.
      mcheddadi
      • 5 Months Ago
      Revving an automatic car, LOL! An exercise in awkward.
      zz9026
      • 5 Months Ago
      that sounds horrible
      cre8vtv
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yuk! As a RR Sport owner i'm sad that this is not on my horizon as a car I'd buy. The lines are getting ever closer to a Ford Explorer. I'm sticking with my 08 RRS which I love.
      Autoblogist
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too raspy, doesn't sound like a V8. Maybe it's the acoustics, but I didn't like it.
      sixsix
      • 5 Months Ago
      SRT please give me the 707HP Hellcat for the SRT Jeep so I can dump all over this turd.
      dea5787
      • 5 Months Ago
      It actually does sound like a lion! That's so bad ass!
      dollarbill
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good specs , Fatty curb weight ... RR = terrible reliability . One can imagine when it breaks .. Everyone I know that owned one liked it BUT reliability was junk .. Better choices out there .
        • 5 Months Ago
        @dollarbill
        Range Rover seems to be ok according to JD Power (127)...do you work for a rival company? I hope it is isn't Jeep because they came bottom of the SUV reliability Rankings (146) except for Fiat (206) http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-jd-power-initial-quality-survey/full/#photo-2715820
      • 5 Months Ago
      The AJ133 5.0L engine does not date from the 90's. It was an all new JLR design for 10 model year that is manufactured for JLR by Ford.
      Eggmania
      • 5 Months Ago
      this suv had a uniquely characteristic look. why are they copying the ford explorer style lights? they look terribly cheap.
        cre8vtv
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        Totally agree. They had lightening in a bottle, with a look that was totally unique and coveted. Then they started moving toward the look of a rebodied Ford Explorer. And then Ford ripped off Aston Martins Grill in their new line up of cars. IS NOTHING SACRED ! ; )
      Technoir
      • 5 Months Ago
      No muffler?
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