Bridgestone Range Rover Sport Supercharged Review: Both Style And Substance?
Range Rover Sport Supercharged Review: Both Style And Substance?
2013-10-04
Range Rover Sport Supercharged Review: Both Style And Substance?

The new Range Rover is lighter, faster and vastly sportier than its predecessor on paper. But on real roads?

The only lost souls who thought the old Range Rover Sport was actually sporty, with its heavy, steel-bodied underpinnings, were the WAGs and footballers impressed by the 2.7-tonne tank’s ability to make the Fulham school run in under twenty minutes.

It’s great to know then that the folks at Land Rover have really tried to make this new Range Rover Sport actually, well, sporty. Engineers have shaved off an impressive 420kg of chub thanks to an all-new aluminium platform and depending on engines – we drove the full fat, 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol – a blistering 0-62mph run of 5.3sec can be achieved with a heady top speed of 155mph.

If you thought the last Sport was boxy, then you’ll find this one utterly foxy. Gone are the circular LED running lights in favour of Range Rover’s new signature line design. It has a wider stance, a more steeply raked windscreen and smacks of Evoque around the rear haunches (yet another nod to Posh’s design tekkers). If colour is how you define sex appeal, then Fuji White or vibrant Chile are the only paint names you’ll need in your life.

With 503bhp under your right foot, and an open country lane ahead, the Supercharged Sport manages to deliver its party piece in the form of a howling V8 soundtrack and alarmingly rapid progress. Even the SDV6 diesel engine we tested was able to cream its way down Welsh B-roads thanks to 433 lb-ft of earth-turnin
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