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Daily Star - - Motormouth -

YOU wouldn’t ex­pect Range Rover Sport driv­ers to give a damn about pol­lu­tion.

Clearly the mo­ron who parks his thug­gish mon­ster at my lo­cal rail­way sta­tion doesn’t be­cause you’ll al­ways find his Range Rover on an “elec­tric cars only” bay.

Now that the 2018 model has gone on sale, with first de­liv­er­ies in the New Year, Mr I’m More Im­por­tant Than You will choose a 5.0-litre V8 SVR model with 575hp and 700Nm (518lb) of torque.

Its 22mpg at best fuel con­sump­tion won’t bother him, nor its £2,000-a-year CO2 emis­sions of 294g/km.

No, what will mat­ter is the fact that spend­ing £99,680 on a car shows how wealthy he is and that when he puts his foot down his 2,360kg di­nosaurus demon­strates his power by hit­ting 0-62mph in 4.4 sec­onds on its way to 176mph.

That’s the im­pres­sion left by the ma­jor­ity of Range Rover Sport own­ers, but the 2018 model at least of­fers an al­ter­na­tive.

It’s a plug-in hy­brid elec­tric and petrol (PHEV) model com­bin­ing a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 85kW elec­tric mo­tor and a 13.1kW high-volt­age lithium-ion bat­tery to pro­duce 404hp.

The in­stant com­bined torque of 640Nm (474lb) takes the Sport with a dif­fer­ence from 0-62mph in 6.7s and on to a lim­ited 155mph.

Land Rover claim a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 101mpg, CO2 emis­sions of 64g/km – free for the first year, then £140 a year – and an elec­tric only range of 31 miles. Its high-speed home charger gets it back to full charge in 2hrs 45mins.

It’s all a bit too friendly for the type who’ll take a shot­gun out of the boot if you dare to look at him but if you’re one of the rare breed of Range Rover Sport driv­ers who cares, PHEV ver­sions start at £70,800, ris­ing through £73,800 to £84,400 for an Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Dy­namic.

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