Land Rover Range Rover Sport prototype review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Land Rover Rover Sport prototype:

MSN Cars gets an early in the all-new Range Rover – and comes away mightily and eager for more…

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Land Rover Range Sport prototype: first

The Range Rover Sport was a success for Land Rover. It was from its first-ever concept Range Stormer, a model as in 2004 as its next concept the Land Rover LRX, be in 2008. That, of course, led to the Rover Evoque.

Another success.

Land Rover has lofty ambitions for the all-new Rover Sport, on sale in 2013. Getting Daniel along to reveal it at the New York Show was part of this; £1 billion on a brand new factory to nearly 100,000 cars a year is

This time, it’s from the all-aluminium new Range rather than the Land Discovery. And we already know brilliant. Here, Land changed 75% of that vehicle to it a more sporting focus.

So what’s been done to this second-generation model Well, bosses have a catchphrase for the new Range Rover more Range Rover, Sport. That’s what have asked for, it isn’t as cheesy as it sounds.

It the new one should be both posher and which really isn’t a bad set of for something like the Range Sport. It might just be to shake off those footballers’ that blighted the old model.

Rover invited MSN Cars to its Gaydon track for a drive of a production-standard V8 Supercharged model. Is it a car fit for Bond? Our pre-production taster drive give us some strong

Land Rover Range Sport prototype: p erformance

The new Rover Sport is made from aluminium. This it’s massively lighter the old one – more than 400kg, or tall blokes’ worth. more powerful engines and a efficient eight-speed automatic it’s guaranteed to be faster.

And The 510hp Supersport we drove was On paper, it does 0-60mph in 4.9 and, in something as big and tall as that’s even more than it sounds.

On the Gaydon straight, we accelerated from right up to 142mph well half way up the track.

Hitting the speed limiter was brushing the brakes, so purposeful was the up to it. This was prominent throughout the it simply surges, immediately, the size of it only reinforcing the At the end of the straight, the monster brakes had no hauling it back down either.

As this is Land Jaguar F-type, the appearance of an pistol grip gearshifter and wheel paddles for the brilliant gearbox are entirely fitting. It sounds almost as good as the Jag – the V8 the second you start it up and throbs whenever you want.

Other are available – a supercharged V6 petrol, the V6 diesel and, later on, a V8 turbodiesel – but it’s the supercharged V8 most ‘sport’ of all. this powertrain that’s to define the range.

Land Range Rover Sport ride and handling

There’s not a more elegant large SUV the new Range Rover. What we know at its launch was the Land engineer’s dual model – they were designing its to also raise standards in the Rover Sport. With the on sport.

We felt this away. The ride is notably and more taut than a Rover, body control less free and flowing. not harsh and uncomfortable, just err, sporting.

Think of it as the Range Rover

Because you’re sat so high, the steering response is so crisp and from the front end so strong as a surprise. We had no problem immediately it fast around the Gaydon track, simply because it was so and accurate. It’s anything but the SUV and feels completely uncompromised by its 4WD

We expect it to give the Porsche a stern challenge.

Land has given it a new selectable Dynamic Turn this on and it becomes still: dampers are firmer, less roll, the steering heavier – oh, and the dials turn The extra responsiveness we felt it on makes us think this be a popular new feature for the Range Sport.

There’s other new that makes it sportier. The has active roll control, to cut in corners, and becomes the first Rover to use torque vectoring. introduced this with the 911 it’s clever tech uses the brakes to sharpen the response in corners.

We felt during our drive. Land introduced it to reduce understeer and turn-in – through a long corner, tweaking the wheel did indeed get an instant response, the front reacting and the rear end us through.

With aggressive inputs, it borderline oversteer (quelled by the systems, of course), which is remarkable for a big tall two-tonne No wonder JLR engineering guru driving God) Mike apparently had no problem four-wheel a Range Rover Sport in the Land Rover showed us at the of the day…

Land Rover Rover Sport prototype:

To drivers of the old Range Rover stepping into the new one will be night and day. It takes from Discovery mainstream Range Rover luxury – but the been careful to ensure distinctive in its own right, not just a of the Range Rover.

So the seat is and much more bolstered. The console is higher. It feels you’re sitting ‘in’ it than ‘on’ it, but still the commanding view down the Fittingly, Land Rover it a ‘command sport’ feel, and it with a smaller, thicker wheel, that F-type and some decidedly intentful options (black and red?


Swathed in leather, everything’s and it absolutely feels a significant cut the old one. Responding to customers’ it’s bigger and comfier in the and there’s more technology before, from electronic to optional high-tech rear system. The front seats are and heated: so too are the rears. The front recline: so too do the rears.

It’s jam-packed with

This becomes the first-ever Rover to be a seven-seater. Land says Sport customers are than Range Rover and their kids have use for the extra pews. The ‘5+2’ chairs are electrically powered and into the floor when not they don’t take up any space yet are big enough to fit the engineers’ in for a short run back from the


Even smarter is the new Rover smartphone app that with the Range Rover It lets you remotely see how much is in it, exactly where it’s (and the quickest route to there), whether it’s even if there’s enough in the windscreen washer bottle. InControl, it seems brilliant – we wait to try it out.

Land Range Rover Sport economy

Because it’s so lighter, the new Range Rover is also much more efficient – up to 24% more economical, Land Rover. All models get intelligent stop-start to bolster inherent efficiency of that eight-speed gearbox. The sole is the V8 SC car we drove: 22mpg isn’t when the diesels do nearly

Building it is greener. It’s from 50% recycled aluminium soft drinks cans) and the construction process doesn’t any actual welding, even is better for the environment. At the end of its life, 75% of it can be recycled.

It really is one of the greenest SUVs on sale.

Land Range Rover Sport the MSN Cars verdict

Driving the new Rover Sport so early has us eager for more. It’s plusher and more sporting the current car, with a of fascinating new (Bond-like?) technoloical and customer-focused that may well prove (even if they may not prove either).

It’s all wrapped up in a new body good enough for that completes the Range range overhaul. Based on early drive, we fully the brand new factory to be running at capacity before long: that good.

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