Range Rover Sport is a premium mid-size SUV manufactured by iconic British Automaker Land Rover. The company first introduced this vehicle in 2005 with a codename L320. Later on, in 2013, the sports variant of this highly successful SUV captured the market with its incredible style, poise, and performance. In 2018, the premium SUV got a mid-life facelift and is available in five exciting models- S, SE, HSE, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR. It is one of the first vehicles from the Land Rover’s stable to charm the Indian auto enthusiasts.
The 2018 update has brought some incredible changes in the exterior of Range Rover Sport. It now gets Pixel LED headlamps having 144 LED units producing a brighter show than before for better visibility of the roads. It has a unique feature of shadowing certain sections on sensing oncoming traffic so that it does not create trouble for other vehicles. The previous grille is now replaced by the ‘Atlas’ mesh grille, which Land Rover first introduced in the ‘Range Rover Velar.’ The bonnet has got some sharp ridges making it even more shaper. The redesigned air dams and bumper also add sporty character to the SUV. The rear end has wraparound LED tail lamps, and the twin exhausts smartly integrated within the bumper.
The interiors of Range Rover Sport also present a sophisticated, upmarket feel. Top notch quality materials are present in every aspect of the interiors. The window switches are made of cool brushed metal instead of plastic offering a premium touch. The control buttons for the mirror or steering are also touch-sensitive and has a glossy black surface giving a luxurious feel. It will help if you get some practice before gaining mastery in using these touch-sensitive products. The SUV has two 10-inch touch-screens ‘Touch Pro Duo’ infotainment units, one above the other on the central console. The upper screen controls the music, phone, navigation and the app-settings. The lower one remains concerned with the functioning of climate control, drive modes, and seat heating.
Under the hood, you get four options in the engine of Range Rover Sport– turbo-diesel V6, turbo-diesel V8, and supercharged V6 and V8 petrol versions. The top-spec one has 8- Cylinder 5.0Litres V-Type Engine generating a maximum power of 567 bhp@6000-6500 rpm and a peak torque of 700 Nm@3500-4000 rpm. The motor remains mated to an 8-Speed automatic transmission gearbox supplying power to all the wheels. The SUV has incredibly fast acceleration and can sprint from 0 to 100Kmph in just 4.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 283 Kmph, and the fuel tank has a capacity of 105 Litres.
The prices of Range Rover Sport start from INR 99.48 lakh (Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi) in India and goes to as high as INR 1.97 crore. It offers fierce competition to the likes of Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
• The SUV has a powerful motor offering a rapid acceleration. It zooms to 100 Kmph in just 4.5 seconds. • The infotainment system with a dual touchscreen is a unique approach. The dashboard and central console remain clutter-free, and the system controls most of the aspect of the vehicle. • The 21-inch wheels with 275-section tires offer outstanding off-roading abilities to this premium SUV. • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are not possible in the infotainment system. • The pricing of the car is a bit too high for the Indian market.
Finally, we can say that if you wish to own a premium SUV with imposing looks and un-beatable off-roading capability, the Range Rover Sport is the right choice for you.