Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic
the new Range Rover Sport
drives onto UK roads
or off them
in the next few weeks, the all-new
five-door models will weigh in at up
to 420kg less than the outgoing
a hefty 33% weight saving
thats equivalent to five passengers
and their luggage!
THIS LATEST GENERATION of Range Rover Sport models use the same type of aluminium
monocoque body construction and suspension components as the new Range Rover
(launched earlier this year) which provide a 25% increase in body stiffness
for improved torsional rigidity. Previous Sport models used a body-on-steel
chassis construction derived from that used by the Land Rover Discovery.
Not only does the weight saving improve fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions
by 15%, but it makes the new Sport versions more agile both on and off road
with much improved handling manners Range Rover say the new Sport is
the fastest, most agile, most responsive Range Rover yet.
currently run (at least until January 2014 when the £51,550 258bhp 3.0-litre
TDV6 SE diesel joins the line-up) from £59,995 for the 292bhp 3.0-litre SDV6
diesel in HSE trim to the range-topping, petrol-drinking supercharged 5.0-litre
V8 (510bhp) Autobiography Dynamic, priced at £81,550.
Prices currently run
from £59,995 for the
3.0-litre SDV6 292bhp
diesel to £81,550
for the range-topping,
All the power units have been revised to offer more power and torque yet with
lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. The petrol engine comes from
Ford's Bridgend plant and the diesel is from Ford's Dagenham facility, and the
vehicles are built Land Rover's Solihull facility.
All models have permanent four-wheel drive, air suspension, a ZF eight-speed
automatic transmission and Stop-Start as standard. A vast range of extras is
available including a 5+2 power-operated occasional seating option which enables
customers from Range Rover's 169 worldwide markets to create their ultimate
Arriving early next year is a 334bhp 4.4-litre SDV8 turbodiesel and as-yet-to-be-disclosed
four-cylinder engines (likely petrol and diesel units) to be built in Jaguar
Land Rover's new Wolverhampton engine plant. A diesel hybrid version also joins
the line-up later next year.
To debut the new British-built Range Rover Sport to the global media, Land Rover
has just finished their five-week-long media launch involving nearly 1,000 Journalists
from 169 countries as far away as Australia, USA, China and Russia.
As a British brand the event was based in gentile Cheltenham before 'scribes'
took to the roads through the Cotswolds, into the Welsh borders, across the
narrow and mountainous tarmac and gravel tracks of the Brecon Beacons (including
the military gunnery ranges), before returning via Land Rover's famous Eastnor
Castle estate 4x4 test facility.
After that the programme included straight-line acceleration and emergency braking
tests at Cotswold Airport Kemble. The finale was pure motoring theatre where
the unique experience of driving the new models up and down very steep ramps
in, out and through a decommissioned Boeing 747 aircraft to showcase the Range
Rover Sport's agility and the ease of manoeuvring a vehicle 4,850mm long in
confined spaces. A unique and not-to-be-forgotten driving experience.
just a shame that the vast majority of UK customers will not experience just
what the Range Rover Sport, and indeed the Range Rover, is capable of off-road.
It's well worth taking an off-road driving course at one of Land Rover's centres
to see and experience just how capable the best 4x4 luxury SUV is because it's
Its well worth taking
an off-road driving
course at one of Land
Rovers centres to see
and experience just how
capable the best 4x4
luxury SUV is because
its truly phenomenal...
Most of the time the Range Rover Sport will be used for family, business or
lightweight recreational use and rushing up and down motorways in, of
course, some luxury and comfort. But that misses out on using all the technology
and capabilities this vehicle now fields.
In the space I have to write this story it is genuinely impossible to cover
all aspects of the new model. All I can say is try it and you will buy it
there is no better vehicle off-road.
On road the handling is sharp and well controlled although perhaps not so composed
as the BMW X5/X6 SUVs which really are designed specifically for fast road travel.
The Range Rover Sport nearly competes... but then vastly outperforms the BMW
models when it comes to driving away from roads and onto the rough stuff.
Of course the 'new money' types, followers of fashion and professional footballers
who appear to buy the Range Rover Sport will never use the vehicle's all-terrain
potential and it's their loss, especially considering the significant
amount of money they have paid for their Sport.
The Range Rover Sport is Land Rover's most technology-packed vehicle to date,
and includes several brand new and innovative features. For example, customers
can specify the new Wade Sensing feature, monitoring depth when driving through
water very handy given that these new-gen models have gained an extra
150mm (now 850mm) in their wading capabilities.
The Park Assist function now includes new 'Park Exit' and 'Perpendicular Park'
features, and state-of-the-art audio systems now come in three levels, ranging
up to the stunning 1,700W Signature Reference system with 23 speakers.
specifications across all grades reflect the luxury and premium quality associated
with Range Rover. The SE comes equipped with leather upholstery, automatic headlights
and wipers, DAB digital audio, powered tailgate, intelligent Stop-Start, dual-zone
climate control, heated front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, HD navigation,
four-corner air suspension with automatic levelling, Terrain Response, Descent
Control and Say-What-You-See voice control.
Aspects of the new
Range Rover Sport that
most impressed me
were the roomy interior
and the amount of dual-
usage space: the boot is
a whopping 784 litres,
and with the seats down theres a pretty huge
1,761 litres available...
Additional features provided on the HSE include 20-inch alloy wheels, perforated
leather seats with 14-way electric front seat adjustment and memory function,
paddle-shifters, heated rear seats, powered steering column adjustment, front
fog lights, heated windscreen, rear-view camera, and aluminium tread-plates.
HSE Dynamic trim adds extra styling and handling features, along with stainless
steel pedals, a bright finish for the twin tailpipes, a glossy black grille
and vents, 21-inch alloys, illuminated tread-plates, twin-speed transfer box,
torque vectoring and the added functionality of Terrain Response 2 Auto that
selects the right mode, if required, for driving over sand, mud, rocks, in water,
and so on.
The Autobiography Dynamic specification befits its flagship status, introducing
as standard: High Beam Assist for the headlights, configurable interior mood
lighting, Meridian surround sound audio system, adaptive cruise control with
Queue Assist, and an advanced preventative safety package including emergency
braking and active front seatbelts.
All customers have the opportunity to make their new Range Rover Sport truly
individual thanks to the range of optional features and accessories. This extends
to 11 interior colour themes, four aluminium finishes, three headlining colours,
17 exterior paint finishes, seven alloy wheel designs, three contrast colours
for the roof and three finishes for exterior accents.
Briefly, the aspects of the new Range Rover Sport that most impressed me were,
first, the roomy interior although I personally wouldn't take the third
row seat option (which stows under the boot floor) as it does away with the
space for the spare wheel. Worth mentioning, the boot is a whopping 784 litres,
and with the seats down there's a pretty huge 1,761 litres.
'favourites' include the range of functions the driver can easily select to
assist them, the quality of the interior, the sharp exterior styling, the agility
of the vehicle and its nimbleness off-road, and the relative ease of threading
a passage through trees and obstacles and going up or down the most outrageously
steep and slippery inclines.
In the Combined Cycle
the 292bhp V6
on test it managed
36.4mpg for on road
driving which reduced to
29.2mpg after some
serious off-road travel...
very good on road, but even better off more's the pity that isn't the
territory where it will be used most.
The outrageously fast supercharged 5.0-litre V8 packs 510bhp and 460lb ft and
delivers a zero-to-60mph time of just 5 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.
Even more impressive, for some, is its exhaust note!
Officially this muscular V8 will return 22.1mpg in the Combined Cycle
our test drive returned 20.2mpg for fast on road driving and 15.9mpg for acceleration
testing and off-road driving. With CO2 emissions of 298g/km, road tax is £1,065
for the First Year, reducing to £490 for the second year onwards. Company car
tax is the maximum 35%.
By far the best-selling engine will be the 3.0-litre SDV6 turbodiesel with 292bhp
and 442lb ft of torque, which does zero to 60mph in just 6.8 seconds with a
top speed of 138mph. CO2 emissions are lower, by 13%, to 199g/km so road tax
is £475 in the First Year and then £260 for the second year onwards. BIK is
34%. In the Combined Cycle this engine will officially return 37.7mpg and on
test returned 36.4mpg for on road driving which reduced to 29.2mpg after some
serious off-road travel.
Against? High prices for higher-spec versions, auto gearlever fiddly to use,
improved road handling but its supreme off-road capabilities will always compromise
the on-road high-speed handling.
Let's be realistic
anybody buying a Sport won't be worrying about the price, particularly when
there's a hill of good reasons to own one: utter brilliance off-road, responsive,
nimble, precise, loads of easy-to-use-technology, powerful but fuel-efficient
engine, looks good inside and out, comfortable ride, and that classy image.
All I can say about the new Range Rover Sport is try it and you will buy it
there is no better vehicle off-road.
Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic
Top speed: 138mph | 0-60mph: 6.8 seconds | Average Test MPG: 36.4mpg
Power: 292bhp | Torque: 442lb ft | CO2 199g/km