Under the hood

Despite this Limited Edition Rangie Sport’s I’m-going-to-eat-your-kids exterior, it’s not the supercharged V8 petrol unit we’re kicking with here, rather the friendlier 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor.

But that’s not to say that this 2.5-tonne thug doesn’t shift, however. Sure, it’s performance is some way off the petrol’s 5.9 second time to 62mph, but 8.8 seconds ain’t too bad either. Bury the throttle for a good while and this brick-shaped luxo-tank will hit 124mph.

Behind the wheel

Mad performance figures aren’t what the Sport’s about. And that shows when you plonk yourself in its beautifully squishy, two-tone leather armchairs. To call the Sport’s interior simply ‘comfortable’ would be like saying “Yeh, I would” about Mila Kunis. (Or Channing Tatum, to avoid controversy. Again). Moving on…

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“The Rangie Sport’s refinement is second to none and eight-speeder imperceptibly silky.”

Alex Kersten, Editor

The same opulence applies to the Sport’s waft-along ride. Brilliant engine refinement and an imperceptibly silky eight-speed auto ‘box work together like terrifying road rage and Australians, for wonderfully smooth (and surprisingly brisk) acceleration.

Considering this thing’s mammoth mass, the Sport’s braking ability is impressive as is its light and fairly accurate steering. Kudos.

But you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth. And in the Sport’s case, the rough comes when you point the mighty Rangie into a corner. On our positively moist test route, the Sport’s tenacious tendency to understeer was something that caught us out at first; such is the confidence that the seemingly flawless 4WD initially gives its driver. Those massive wheels also don’t do the Sport any favours in terms of road noise, but you wouldn’t want to be riding on slim GT86 rubbers here, would you?

And the looks; this Limited Edition (yup, that’s what L.E. means) model is packed with cool styling cues ranging from the stunning red paint, to its unique 20-inchers and black mesh grille. That makes it look pretty bangin’ then, right? Right.

Splash the cash?

Want to stand out? Want to waft? Want to spend £62,670 on a go-anywhere 4×4 with Bentley comfort and Spencer Matthews cool? Then why the hell not fork out for a special Rangie Sport.

It’s dressed to impress, pretty good on fuel and as subtle as the Mayan’s prediction that the world will end on Friday is ridiculous.

Look what I’ve gone and said now…

Range Rover Sport Review: 4x4 FTW, 7.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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Spec

Model Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE RED
BHP 255 bhp
0-62mph 8.5 secs
Top Speed 124 mph
Weight 2535 kg
MPG 32.1 mpg
CO2 230 g/km
Price £62,670

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