2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: First Drive – The Washington Post

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2014 Land Rover Rover Sport: First

By Marty Padgett | HighGearMedia.com

Military intelligence and jumbo are the classic oxymorons that garden-variety morons like me at night. Toss in a third SUV–and the WTF factor does a fine job of counteracting jet lag.

We get to see any sheep wander over a so keep that Monty moment on the bucket list. But we did a lightly used airport at 150 mph in the Sport, before running it a two-foot-deep river of muck. you do that in a Cayenne, an X6 or an ML? Possibly.

Would you ever consider it?

Put a Land Rover badge on it, and it second nature, to be this to nature. Relatively long short, the confusingly accurate SUV label isn’t just on the Range Rover Sport–it’s

More Range Rover, Sport?

Here’s the even story on how the Range Rover grown better: Range The first-generation car was a steel body on a now it’s an aluminum spin-off of year’s brand-new Range with just a few inches of and length subtracted to suit it for a shaded personality. The same diet that shaved 700 from the bigger ute nips 800 pounds from the Sport.

In performance terms, that’s kicking out four adults hot laps.

In essence the Sport’s a off the Range Rover, but there’s of influence from the smaller in its profile. It’s almost Range Rover from the forward, save for a slimmer and winged headlamps, but the roofline up the Evoque’s sleekness and its rounded The cockpit?

It’s all Range with calm stretches of and wood devoid of the busy of buttons that had cramped the style.

Two drivetrains are on tap this and they divide camps into nicely done and hot. A new supercharged, 340-horsepower V-6 engine is the new base engine, a nice 90-degree V-6 snarl and acceleration, in tandem with a paddle-shifted ZF eight-speed automatic. The V-8 comes from a different entirely, one maybe with a in the American South: it barks out 510 with NASCAR authority, off 5-second runs to 60 mph.

With either, the Sport’s worldview tilts firmly to The bigger Range Rover in coddling; the Sport’s air dampers and steering quicken up the pace, and the V-8’s Dynamic setting, out much of the innate lean and dictated by its height and weight. much closer now to the benchmarks set by the from Germany.

At the same time, it’s an capable muckraker, with the base Torsen four-wheel-drive or the more advanced dual-range with its active rear differential. With more clearance than ever, the can extract itself from anything the bigger Range can, and its slight size might let it squeeze through the executive-class Landie might an abandoned 747, like the one we guided through carefully, cargo hold to a first-class through the nose.

A plus-two

The Sport’s cabin has never better, and extra room in all dimensions solves one of the least aspects of the first-generation ute, the second-row seat isn’t as supportive as the Range Rover’s. are the sacrifices, folks. If you’re an user of a third-row seat, the gives in to convention with a of semi-usable jump seats fold away tidily not in use.

We suggest if you’re Highlights for Children, you don’t try to in them.

All 2014 Range Sport models come equipped, including custom audio systems (three in ranging up to 1,700 watts and 23 advanced safety systems by cameras; an 8-inch touchscreen interface that frankly use a couple of Palo Alto geeks and a quick reskin; and of the latest generation of Land Terrain Response 2 traction system.

We think the Sport’s tugged and its performance wrapper in the right See for yourself: watch our first-drive and for more, read The Car Connection’s Land Rover Range Sport review .


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