The scarily expensive looking 2014 Range Rover Sport rubs shoulders with such esteemed competition as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X6. The supercharged version I might add is the most desirable and looks the part – dripping class from its imposing looks and stance.
And the pricing reflects this, as the 2014 Range Rover Sport has a starting price of $73,990 for the 340-horsepower V-6 engine and a heady $104,990 for the 510 hp supercharged V-8 Range Rover Sport Autobiography. First up- the more powerful Land Rover RR Sport with the 5.0-liter supercharged engine V8 delivering 461 pound-feet of torque. All this thundering power is delivered via six-speed automatic transmission you can activate through steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Extensive use of aluminum in the Sports design means the V-8 Sport despite its size is capable of a blistering sports car- like acceleration figure of 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h.
The Sports interior is pretty much a work of art and it is one place you feel the hefty price tag is justified. It is a simply beautiful with high quality interior surfaces and textures, using typical British leather and metal in unique combinations that take your breath away. The designers have also done a good work in tidying up the previous slightly idiosyncratic dashboard; keeping buttons and switches in more logical locations.
The Sport interior is well up to the standard of the benchmark Porsche Cayenne, and BMW X6 competition here in terms of taste and quality. The levels of equipment and features are just too much to mention, but rest assured the Sport gets all the toys and creature comfort you can think of. Heated and cooled seat, power this and power that the list goes on and on…
However one area the Sport suffers is despite the tall cabin, interior space still seem oddly cramped and this where the big American offerings from Cadillac and Lincoln will win out. On the road- the sound of the big V8 is tempered by the luxurious cabin that insulates the engine roar so well. Acceleration is blindingly fast and the refined power delivery curve means the Sports shift itself very smoothly and without any jerky transitions no matter how hard you accelerate. An active locking differential controls wheel-spin whilst Torque Vectoring uses the electronic stability control and throttle inputs to improve cornering by sending power to the wheels with the most grip.
And for such a big SUV, the Sport holds when it comes to cornering. You can control road height for more planted stability and tighter handling via Land Rover’s Terrain Response system. The Sport handles sand, mud, snow and ice and can traverse streams and rivers water up to 850 mm deep. Positioned at the lowest click of its adjustable ride height settings, the Sport delivers stunning levels of traction, impressive cornering and the ability to deliver sports car- style handling in fast curves. The various traction and engineering aids keep the Sport well planted and composed no matter what the road conditions are or what the driver imposes. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged is luxurious, fast, and reassuringly expensive for owner. It is the one SUV you should always promise yourself.
2014 LAND ROVER – RANGE ROVER SPORT
SUPERCHARGED Base Price: $73,990 – $104,990