Sporty Land Rover heads for the start­ing block

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

IF YOU fancy get­ting be­hind the wheel of “the fastest, most ag­ile, most re­spon­sive Land Rover ever” you’ll have to wait a while.

The cov­ers have been re­moved from new Range Rover Sport, which com­pletes the three-model Range Rover port­fo­lio, but it won’t be rolling into the show­rooms un­til later this year.

Those into school runs and ex­tended fam­ily out­ings (the fam­ily not the out­ings) will be pleased to know that as well as the qual­ity fit, fin­ish and mul­ti­ple choice op­tions we have come to ex­pect from Land Rover, the new “road fo­cussed” Range Rover Sport has a 5+2 seat­ing op­tion.

Un­like the Disco’s seven seater ver­sion for fully in­flated bods, the two ex­tras in this case are for “oc­ca­sional” use and will prob­a­bly be used by smaller mem­bers of the fam­ily keen to avoid the watch­ful adult eye of the rear view mir­ror.

Features which may be no­tice­able only be­hind the wheel in­clude the Sport’s all­new alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture which has re­sulted in a weight sav­ing of up to 420kg – a touch over 60 stone in old money – which means im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency and lower emis­sions.

No prices, as yet, but ex­pect to pay more than the out­go­ing model.

ON THE WAY: The new Range Rover Sport is due in show­rooms later this year.

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