The British marque, Land Rover, has always been famous for their brilliant SUVs. No other brand has made vehicles that can traverse literally any sort of terrain that Planet Earth can throw at it. The Range Rovers of old were notorious for their poor quality issues, but that has been addressed by Land Rover in recent years. Nowadays, extreme ruggedness and go anywhere capability whilst cosseting its passengers in sumptuous luxury has become the new hallmark of Land Rovers. The Range Rover Sport is a stiffened, lowered, slightly smaller and faster version of its bigger brother, the actual Range Rover. Although the Range Rover Sport’s highlights such as the more rigid chassis and large wheels mean that it is designed spend the majority of its life on-road, its off-road performance is nonetheless very commendable.
Buyers can have their Range Rover Sports in either a petrol or diesel flavour. The oil burner is a 2,993cc, SDV6 diesel engine that’s turbocharged to crank the power output to a robust 289 bhp. The torque figure of 600 Nm @ 2,000 RPM is more than sufficient for most situations this car will encounter. The engine is also wonderfully silent, despite being a diesel. The 4,999cc, V8 petrol with the supercharger produces an absolutely explosive 505 bhp. With 625 Nm of torque available on tap, this leviathan goes like a missile. The manner in which such a large, heavy vehicle hurls itself at the horizon seems to defy logic. Only the Porsche Cayenne can match it for sheer firepower. But, when the new Range Rover Sport gets taken out on the highway, it settles down to become one of the easiest mile-munchers ever seen. Should the Range Rover Sport be taken off the road and made to do duty as a mud-plugger, it does an astonishing job. The proper Range Rover will outshine its little brother in this department, but the Sport is still perfectly capable of demolishing most of whatever topography it comes across. There is one piece of technology that can be thanked for that – Land Rover’s next generation Terrain Response 2 System. This system constantly monitors driving conditions in real time and automatically selects the most appropriate terrain program to enable the car to traverse it. Also helping out are Torque Vectoring, which balances the torque split between the wheels and Adaptive Dynamics, a system that keeps track of vehicle movements at over 500 times per second and varies the stiffness of the suspension to provide maximum control to the driver. The baby Range Rover can also wade through water that’s 85 cm deep with no fuss whatsoever.
The first thing one would notice inside the new Range Rover Sport is the sheer quality of the materials used. Every panel, knob, switch and surface feels good to the touch. On the outside, there are subtle changes which identify itself instantly as a Range Rover – the floating roof, fender vents on both sides, interlocking LED rings within the headlamps and the signature ‘clamshell’ bonnet. If one is also familiar with the actual Range Rover, they would immediately notice the lower seating position in the Sport. A system of five cameras mounted at different places on the exterior of the car, called the Surround Camera System, provides the driver with an almost 360° view of the car’s immediate surroundings, helping to avoid obstacles. This new SUV also gets more comfortable seating at the rear when compared to its predecessor, having more leg and shoulder room. Land Rover has also worked on improving the amount of space available for storage in the new Range Rover Sport. The glove box is larger, the central arm rest storage and the door pockets have been made deeper and the cup-holders in the front and back have been improved. This being the Sport model, the seats hug the passengers a bit more tightly so that they don’t get thrown about during sporty driving; and it also lends a more connected feel. It is also one of the quietest SUVs; at highway speeds in 8th gear, there is very little road noise and engine noise that penetrate into the passenger cabin. Yet another highlight is that customers can order their Range Rover Sport in one of 18 colour options.
Absolutely nothing beats the go anywhere capability of the Range Rover Sport. Whether it’s driven on long highways, crowded city roads, thick mud, loose gravel, or even deep water, the Rangie just pounds on totally unfazed. And since it has the provision to seat 7 people, it can drive over anything while comfortably carrying you, your family, your luggage and even your dog! What more need one ask for?