Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE up to the task | The Detroit News

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Land Rover Range Sport

HSE up to the task

the fact that they been batted about a couple of cricket balls, Land Rover and Jaguar scored frequently of late.

The company endured various until it parked as an outpost of the of Tata Motors in India, had the good sense to provide and restraint.

That has opened the way for designers and engineers to assemble an of high performance vehicles in two

From Jaguar, there are sedans and grand touring as well as its newest offering: the F-Type, the company’s first sports car in 40 years.

From Land Rover, is a lineup of go-anywhere vehicles are the successors to the sturdy Land of history and world-wide fame. veer toward utility, the Land Rover LR4, the others are sport/luxury oriented, on and off the

The latter come in three Range Rover, Range Evoque and the subject here, the Range Rover Sport, an all new that slots between the and the flagship Range Rover.

encumbered by humility, the company the Sport the fastest, most and responsive Land Rover That covers a lot of time and The company started in 1947.

Early Land Rovers rugged and utilitarian, designed to go no motorized vehicles had ventured In recent years they become luxurious and expensive for the rich and famous to motor to the and designer stores, though retain their legendary capabilities.

There are four of the new Range Rover Sport: SE, Supercharged and Autobiography, ranging in from $63,495 to $93,295. The SE and HSE are by a 340-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 and the latter two with a 510-horspower V8. Both are supercharged and get their power to all wheels through an eight-speed transmission that can be manually

As with all Land Rovers, the are fully capable off road permanent four wheel a locking center differential and the Terrain Response 2 system, offers five settings for conditions: general, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts and rock crawl.

The settings adjust responses of the transmission and other mechanical to deliver traction and drivability. also an automatic setting. A low range and locking rear are available for exceptionally tough

At an inch shy of 16 feet, the Range Sport is about six inches than the flagship Range But its wheelbase — the distance between the and rear axles — has been seven inches to increase for rear seat passengers.

Curiously, although the Range is a five-passenger vehicle, the smaller has an optional third row seat can accommodate two children or small The company calls the configuration a But 4+3 would be a better description the center position in the second row is hard and unfit for human

A panoramic glass sunroof is as an option. It has a motorized sunshade to powerful rays of sunlight, but — following a current fad in luxury — it is made of a translucent perforated Sunshades should be opaque.

major shortcoming is an obtuse and navigation system.

The tested Rover Sport was an HSE model the V6 engine and an air suspension system, proved more than up to the in several hours traversing a deeply rutted and hilly course on a ranch in California’s Cruz mountains. Among things, it was capable of fording up to 33.5 inches deep.

But it also cruised as serenely as a sedan on freeways and handled mountain roads with The steering has a hefty feel and feedback. Though the Sport a slightly lower driving than its predecessor, it is still six feet tall and is no sports

The Sport is manufactured of high aluminum, which Land says enabled a weight of 800 pounds from its predecessor. at 4,727 pounds, it is no frugal

Option packages bumped the base price of $68,495 up to Equipment included adaptive control, 21-inch wheels, the sunroof, upgraded audio, and a full suite of safety like sophisticated traction and control that also to off-road capability.

2014 Rover Range Rover HSE

Engine: 3.0-liter V6, supercharged, 340

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic permanent four-wheel drive.

length: 15 feet 11 inches.

4,727 pounds.

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