Nov. 25, 2013
Is the new Range Rover Sport more at home on pavement or off? The only possible answer is ‘Yes.’
Take the 5-liter supercharged V-8 from the Jaguar F-Type and tune it up to 510 horsepower. Slip it, and an 8-speed transmission, under the bonnet—sorry, hood—of a new, all-aluminum Range Rover, one that’s lost 800 pounds but is bigger inside. Add the latest on- and off-road performance hardware and software, and wrap it all up in the creature comforts of a deluxe sedan.
Welcome to the 2014 Range Rover Sport, the SUV that puts a bit of extra spring in the step of Stuart Frith, chief program engineer. When I asked him what he is proudest of in his new baby, he demurely replied, “It’s the way the vehicle seems to stretch the laws of physics.”
Indeed. We were driving a Fuji White – Ebony Leather Sport with the full toy chest on board and had stopped at the Range Rover factory in Solihull, England.
We had miles yet to go and were edging toward the door after lunch when Mike Bishop, one of the off-road instructors, collared me and said—nicely—hold on, mate, you’ve yet to undergo the full Range Rover Experience. So we went to the Jungle Track.