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four-cor­ner air sus­pen­sion which de­liv­ers greater than aver­age travel.

Up­per vari­ants get a ded­i­cated Dy­namic mode in the Ter­rain Re­sponse sys­tem, ty­ing down the body and re­duc­ing roll when the hard­top corkscrews, abet­ted by slot­ting the gear shifter into sport. But left to its own de­vices, the auto se­lec­tor is adept enough to iden­tify and adapt to con­di­tions.

Dy­namic Ac­tive Rear Lock­ing Dif­fer­en­tial com­bines with torque vec­tor­ing to keep nose and tail in the des­ig­nated di­rec­tion un­der in­tense duress.

One bespoke tyre suf­fices for the Sport’s mul­ti­tude of tasks — Pirelli Scor­pion Verde. No need to risk a man­i­cure chang­ing rub­ber be­tween rock crawl­ing and B road haul­ing. DE­SIGN Very roughly speak­ing, the Sport’s a vis­ual blend of the Evoque and the se­nior Range Rover. Longer than its pre­de­ces­sor at 4.8m, it’s still shorter than com­pa­ra­ble SUVs and most of the big lux­ury sedans it’s go­ing to blow away sales-wise.

A black pack, which elim­i­nates shiny bits, is pretty mean-look­ing on an icy white Sport. The cock­pit is a mas­ter­piece, dis­tinctly Rangie but it’s own thing too. It is, yes, sporty.

Love that gear shifter, hand fill­ingly func­tional but cool. The ro­tary dial is still there, but con­fined to se­lect­ing drive modes. Thumb op­er­ated tog­gles on ei­ther side of the steer­ing wheel con­trol an­cil­lary func­tions.

There’s limo-like legroom for rear pas­sen­gers, the out­side two of whom are cos­seted in buck­ets as sup­port­ive and com­forted as the front. Op­tional is a pow­ered third row oc­ca­sional 5+2 ‘‘se­cret’’ seat­ing, which folds away into the floor. As a fiveseater it will take that many SAFETY Yet to be crashed, and un­likely to be, it’s rea­son­ably as­sumed the Range Rover’s five-star NCAP rat­ing ap­plies here. New items re­flect the po­lar ex­tremes of the Sport’s abil­ity — traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, per­pen­dic­u­lar park as­sist, depth sens­ing for wad­ing a creek, and ac­tive lane as­sist.

Vast Brembo brakes pro­vide awe­some stop­ping power. More mun­dane, but cru­cial, the spare is full size. DRIVE Again, you have to ask can the same car be so var­i­ously out­stand­ing? Dy­nam­i­cally, the su­per­charged Sport V8 keeps pace with a Porsche Cayenne — some five sec­onds to 100km/h from stand­ing makes it by same dis­tance the fastest ever Land Rover model. Yet it crawls on rocks and wades a creek to al­most a me­tre’s depth as read­ily as the doughty Dis­cov­ery.

The com­pany calls it the ‘‘fastest, most ag­ile and re­spon­sive’’ ve­hi­cle in its his­tory. This is pos­si­bly an un­der­state­ment. The nar­row, sheep-in­fested moun­tain roads of Wales would keep one of Audi’s or Benz’s faster grand tour­ers hon­est. I doubt any would han­dle th­ese with the ap­ti­tude of the Sport V8. Such body roll as there is hardly any more no­tice­able than the RS4 wagon we’d driven the pre- VER­DICT Only the ex­tra ask for items that should be stan­dard on a car of this stature pre­vent a full five-star rat­ing for the V8. It is an ex­cep­tional achieve­ment and surely the lux­ury car of the year.

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