This week in Autoblog's Detroit office, we've taken delivery of the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR. That means a good portion of the team will have the opportunity to drive the 550-horsepower animal that I first sampled a few months ago in upstate New York.

Fast SUVs are a sort of guilty pleasure for many car writers I know, and an outright joy for others. Even with a design brief that may challenge sanity – a capable off-roader that one can take to a track day, you say? – there's something compelling in the milieu of upright, wide-shouldered looks and a brawny powertrain.

What I found out in NY was that, no surprise Range Rover pulls off the mixture even better than most. Or, at least until Jeep submits to reason and brings us a Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat, the SVR deserves top-fast-SUV consideration with Porsche and BMW offerings.

You may have read the review, but take some time to watch the big blue meanie in action, too. As usual, I urge you to turn the volume up.

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