2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – European Car Magazine

11 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – European Car Magazine

This might be the only car you’ll ever need

We’re often asked about our favorite car but the more cars you drive, the harder it is to answer that question. So most people have a dream garage, with maybe a sports car, SUV, sedan, etc. However, we recently got to drive perhaps the only car you’ll ever need: We traveled to Merry Olde England to drive the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport.

Where the old Range Rover Sport was based on the LR4 platform, the new Sport is now closer to the flagship Range Rover, gaining an aluminum bodyshell, panels and suspension, losing about 800 lb in the process (V6 model), being 25% stiffer but having 75% different parts from the 2014 Range Rover.

So while it’s the fastest Land Rover ever built, and gains a third row of seats to meet demands for greater capacity, the new Range Rover Sport is the Swiss Army knife of automobiles. It can do absolutely anything.

The problem for Land Rover is how to demonstrate the massive ability of such a versatile vehicle in a few short hours. So we went on a relatively long distance tour into Wales enjoying great GT comfort, got sporty on the country roads, accelerated to 150mph on an airfield, did 0-100-0mph in 17sec, waded through a river, traversed thick muddy trenches, climbed slippery banks, and tackled an obstacle course inside a Jumbo Jet. Yes, you read that right, and can see the video right here.

Land Rover pulled out all the stops to get its message out. Driving up and down steep ramps, several storeys high, leaning over at ridiculous angles and showing tremendous wheel articulation, all while passing through the first class cabin of a 747 made the point emphatically.

So if you’re looking for a GT, sports car, off-roader, tow vehicle, family transport and speed demon with fantastic ability in every area, may we recommend the 2014 Range Rover Sport?

Originally conceived as an SUV with better road manner than the Range Rover, it’s easy to forget how good the Sport can be in difficult conditions. When the water is splashing onto the windows, you know the river is deep, yet the RRS can climb an almost vertical bank to extricate itself from the water using the same Pirelli M+S road tires we would later take to 150mph on an airport runway. All you need to do is select the correct setting on the Terrain Response 2 system and the suspension will raise, traction control will adjust, diffs lock; everything operates to ensure the driver emerges without drama.

We loved the first Sport model for its chunky fender flares and no-nonsense attitude, initially feeling this replacement was a little soft. However, in the flesh the new Range Rover Sport has real presence, but also a restraint and sophistication that perhaps the old car lacked.

There’s tremendous attention to detail that makes this Sport more intimate. It invites you to absorb the intricacies such as the side vents, puddle lights, logo between the doors, headlight surrounds, etc.

Inside, they’ve gone the other way, mimicking the Range Rover and reducing the number of switches and buttons. Most features are now centered on the nav screen, with the Terrain Response selector by the shift lever.

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