Motor industry website Auto Evolution has just published a full-length review of the 2015 Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
The new Sport is a bit of a departure from the last model, as it has a somewhat restyled body, and now uses the aluminum chassis of the Range Rover full-size, rather than being built on the Discovery 3 (LR3 on these shores) platform like the last generation.
The 5.0 liter motor pulls a whopping 503 horses at 6000-6500 RPM, and produces 461 foot pounds of of torque at 2500 rpm. The result of which is that all 191 inches of Supercharged Range Rover Sport can be propelled down the road at a blistering 155 mph, or if that isn’t your style, you can at least attain a modest sixty within five seconds time.
The reviewers at Auto Evolution claim that the new model adds significant comfort and space to the rear seating area, (while noting that if one really wants to be toted around in style, there is no substitute for the range rover long wheelbase.)
The cargo space has been reduced by a bit but still adds up to 28 cubic feet, which is certainly enough for just about any hauling job one would ask of a Range Rover sport. There is a 5+2 seating option available, if one so desires.
Inside the quiet, luxurious leather interior, occupants will find the vehicles fitted with a shifter borrowed from the jaguar line, and an interactive video display that controls the seat heating and navigation, among other things.
Of course Land Rover has loaded it with all the latest gadgets such as All-Terrain Progress Control, and a revised Head-Up Display. The rear axle on the supercharged model has a locking differential, and the usual assortment of ABS, traction control, user-selectable driving modes, 2-speed transfer box, and 8-speed automatic transmission result in a superior off road performer with great road manners. Apparently Land Rover have sorted out some mistakes in the previous sport models’ suspension that has resulted in smoother handling over uneven surfaces and greater impact absorption.
Naturally, all this comes at a price in both fuel economy and on the window sticker. Auto Evolutions’ team got only 15 mpg, a bit less than JLR’s advertised 22. And the sticker price? Start saving now- Just shy of 80 grand for the base model.
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