I say sport, what a mix

The Range Rover Sport would not look out of place cruis­ing Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au

RE­GAL, royal (by ap­point­ment to sev­eral crown-wear­ers) and rapid, the Range Rover Sport is a more youth­ful take on the long-run­ning off-roader name­plate.

Yet it is more closely re­lated to the Dis­cov­ery than it is to the Range Rover Vogue flag­ship, de­spite the aes­thetic sim­i­lar­i­ties.

We’re driv­ing the en­try-level twin-turbo diesel V6— in Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy guise, how­ever, with bodykit that takes it down the path more of­ten worn by R&B singers than off-road­ers.

VALUE

The Sport can be viewed as two cars in one, which helps make the TDV6 Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy’s $121,300 price some­what eas­ier to jus­tify. While the white body­work and the red-and­black leather trim might be the duck’s guts for a St Kilda sup­porter, it’s per­haps not the best com­bi­na­tion.

The fea­tures list has a goodqual­ity speaker (in­clud­ing sub­woofer) sound sys­tem, LED tail-lights, au­to­matic bi-xenon head­lights with cor­ner il­lu­mi­na­tion, rain-sens­ing wipers, heated leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel with func­tion but­tons for cruise, phone and sound sys­tems, satnav, Blue­tooth phone link and full iPod con­nec­tiv­ity.

TECH­NOL­OGY

A host of giz­mos sits within the rather portly 2500kg Sport pack­age. As it is based on the Dis­cov­ery chas­sis, the Sport got Ter­rain Re­sponse be­fore the Range Rover. Once again it leads the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new sus­pen­sion fea­tures— the Ter­rain Re­sponse adds a Dy­namic driv­ing mode to en­hance the al­ready-good han­dling man­ners, with a 20 per cent stiffer rear roll con­trol bar and ap­pro­pri­ate al­ter­ations to the steer­ing, throt­tle and trans­mis­sion set­tings.

The twin-turbo com­mon-rail di­rect-in­jec­tion V6 uses a par­al­lel se­quen­tial tur­bocharger sys­tem.

DE­SIGN

With the bodykit in­clud­ing deeper front spoiler, side skirts,

Portly: The 2500kg Sport claims a range of fea­tures

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