Land Rover has paved a special 600 meter strip of blacktop to test its new Supercharged Range Rover Sport. And it was worth it…
It’s an abandoned 2-mile racing circuit that used to be the test track of Grand Prix racing legend Jim Clark. Now Land Rover has turned a 600 meter stretch of the old Charterhall Airfield – once cracked and weedy – into a smooth super strip to test its powerful new supercharged Range Rover Sport.
Well, it only took 5.9 seconds to reach 60mph. This, in a two-and-a-half ton “off-road” vehicle. Zounds!
Actually, I shouldn’t put “off-road” in quotes, because the Range Rover Sport is, in every way, still very much an off-road vehicle. It features the updated Terrain Response system and Hill Descent Control and can outdo any other off-road vehicle you can buy off the lot. Now, it can just do it faster than any other off-road vehicle you can buy off the lot.
Of course only a small percentage of Range Rover Sport customers will buy the 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine with its 510PS of thrust. But it does demonstrate what an amazing piece of machinery this £61,995 sports machine it actually is.
And yes, it does have an improved braking system to go along with all of that power. Which is a good thing, considering that testers had to slam on the brakes at the sign that reads – or screams – BRAKE! on the new test course, to keep drivers from running into the cornfield at the end of the strip. This is fun stuff.
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