2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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$63,350 - $110,475
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MPGMPG 17 City / 22 Hwy
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2015 Range Rover Sport Overview

Perhaps you live on a bucolic estate, hardily guarded by rocky terrain or deep forest, yet with access to one of the world's great super highways. Or are a reclusive country millionaire, sneaking from your abode in the remotest part of Talladega County to rip off joy rides down 'Dega's back straight. Creating an owner-template to suit the wide-ranging abilities of the Range Rover Sport SVR is a silly exercise. Land Rover proved as far back as the Range Rover Classic that one could blend the seemingly unmixable talents of off-road ability and high luxury into a salable tincture. Outright speed and handling performance is simply the newest aspect of that luxury, despite the disparate nature of racetracks and muddy ruts. It's not a new formula. Porsche ships more Cayenne tonnage than any of its other models. BMW will sell you a 567-horsepower M utility vehicle in X5 or X6 flavor, painted to match a KLM stewardess. Mercedes counters with a 518-horse M-Class that vents biturbo V8 exhaust like a Berliner drum and bass DJ. And Land Rover has been effectively supercharging its own Range Rovers for a while now, though none to so potent an effect as this 550-hp SVR rocket wagon. Range Rover's newest product creates blue sky between it and its competitors with legitimate off-roading prowess. The all-wheel-drive system is permanently active, and can be quickly bolstered with a two-speed transfer case with a low range. The system defaults to a 50/50 front/rear torque split, but 100-percent of twist can be routed to either axle via a central differential using a multi-plate clutch. There's a rear diff, as well, which will lock up to drive torque to the wheel with the most grip. I drove over rocks, through deep mud and puddles, and wove deftly up and down grades on a short trail that the Land Rover minders had constructed. All of which was far less aggressive than any true ORV-fan would hope for, but instructive in the vehicle's abilities, nevertheless. Essentially the Terrain Response 2 system makes going off road plug and play; set the dial to match your surroundings, watch that you don't clip your mirror on a tree, and the Rangie will blithely chug on. I'd be a lot more worried about damaging one of those 22-inch wheels than cresting a challenging ridge. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685{width:100%;display:block;} Off-roading with poise is part of the Range Rover DNA. So that half of the SVR personality only seems outlandish in contrast with its standout quicks. The tale of the tape is impressive and incongruous: 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque driving 5,148 pounds to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, and up to 162 at the upper reach. That's a staggering output, even for a heavy truck, and more accessible on a day-to-day basis than the mud-chugging bits. Starting out in New York's crammed SoHo neighborhood, my drive route took me out of the city aiming 100 miles to the northwest for the …
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2015 Range Rover Sport Overview

Perhaps you live on a bucolic estate, hardily guarded by rocky terrain or deep forest, yet with access to one of the world's great super highways. Or are a reclusive country millionaire, sneaking from your abode in the remotest part of Talladega County to rip off joy rides down 'Dega's back straight. Creating an owner-template to suit the wide-ranging abilities of the Range Rover Sport SVR is a silly exercise. Land Rover proved as far back as the Range Rover Classic that one could blend the seemingly unmixable talents of off-road ability and high luxury into a salable tincture. Outright speed and handling performance is simply the newest aspect of that luxury, despite the disparate nature of racetracks and muddy ruts. It's not a new formula. Porsche ships more Cayenne tonnage than any of its other models. BMW will sell you a 567-horsepower M utility vehicle in X5 or X6 flavor, painted to match a KLM stewardess. Mercedes counters with a 518-horse M-Class that vents biturbo V8 exhaust like a Berliner drum and bass DJ. And Land Rover has been effectively supercharging its own Range Rovers for a while now, though none to so potent an effect as this 550-hp SVR rocket wagon. Range Rover's newest product creates blue sky between it and its competitors with legitimate off-roading prowess. The all-wheel-drive system is permanently active, and can be quickly bolstered with a two-speed transfer case with a low range. The system defaults to a 50/50 front/rear torque split, but 100-percent of twist can be routed to either axle via a central differential using a multi-plate clutch. There's a rear diff, as well, which will lock up to drive torque to the wheel with the most grip. I drove over rocks, through deep mud and puddles, and wove deftly up and down grades on a short trail that the Land Rover minders had constructed. All of which was far less aggressive than any true ORV-fan would hope for, but instructive in the vehicle's abilities, nevertheless. Essentially the Terrain Response 2 system makes going off road plug and play; set the dial to match your surroundings, watch that you don't clip your mirror on a tree, and the Rangie will blithely chug on. I'd be a lot more worried about damaging one of those 22-inch wheels than cresting a challenging ridge. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-189685{width:100%;display:block;} Off-roading with poise is part of the Range Rover DNA. So that half of the SVR personality only seems outlandish in contrast with its standout quicks. The tale of the tape is impressive and incongruous: 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque driving 5,148 pounds to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, and up to 162 at the upper reach. That's a staggering output, even for a heavy truck, and more accessible on a day-to-day basis than the mud-chugging bits. Starting out in New York's crammed SoHo neighborhood, my drive route took me out of the city aiming 100 miles to the northwest for the …Hide Full Review