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MOTORING

RANGE ROVER SPORT By Motoring Editor, Maarten Hoffmann

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he Sport version of the worlds best 4 x 4 vehicle has now been with us since 2005 and sells by the bucket load. And

so it should. It has all the characteristics of the full-fat Range Rover but is lighter, shorter and quicker. What’s not to like? For me the only complaint l have ever had was the loss of the spilt tailgate and therefore the loss of the convenient seat that presented itself when one suddenly found oneself at a point to point meeting or a grouse shoot. If that has not happened to you, you need to get out more. The new Sport finally comes with the optional seven seats and with a weight saving of 400kg, it is agile. Off road, it does the business with the ability to wade through 85cm of water and has a far greater axle articulation and wheel travel than its rivals.

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There are two diesel options – the potent 292bhp SDV6 and an interesting new diesel hybrid – alongside a deranged 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 that makes 510bhp and will propel the RRS to 60mph in five seconds

“To purchase the V6, although very good indeed, is like being in bed with Heidi Klum and playing dominoes - really, quite a waste of a great opportunity.”

flat. Too slow for you? Enter the SVR, whose 550bhp output cuts this to just 4.5 seconds. The SVR is the product of JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division and is for the totally mental, LA rappers and Saudi princes - and me. Who on earth would not want the finest 4x4 in the world that’s capable of 62mph in 4.5 seconds, will go onto 162 mph and will lap the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 14 seconds - the fastest ever recorded time of a standard SUV. It will cost you just south of £100,000 but that might just be the best 100 grand you ever spent. All engines use an eight-speed auto that offers a smooth and progressive drive and for a heavy seven-seat SUV, its composure on twisty B-roads is quite baffling. There are lots of computer gizmos working away to keep it stable and flat (ish) in the bends but you

PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 27 - SUSSEX  

The widest-read business publication in the South East. Covering International Trade, Legal Issues, Accountancy, Wealth Management, Business...

PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 27 - SUSSEX  

The widest-read business publication in the South East. Covering International Trade, Legal Issues, Accountancy, Wealth Management, Business...