May
20
Range Rover Sport Review: Mud and Track | Top Gear | Series 20 | BBC



with prices starting at 50,000 pounds it's cheaper than a proper Range Rover and because it's available with seven seats it's more practical as well but like I said at the beginning the old Range Rover Sport was a bit of a fraud the question must be is this one really a Range Rover and is in a sport let's start with that first bit no matter how much wood and leather it's fitted with the mark of a real Range Rover is being able to tackle this sort of stuff important work being done coming through well the first thing you need to know is that this is not a discovery in a Range Rover frock it has the proper Range Rovers chassis and the same terrain response system as well this analyzes the ground you're driving over and automatically adjust the suspension Gables brakes and engine output to suit fairy stay very state very muddy that is that is a client well then you besides that terrain response there's also a computer that disconnects the anti-roll bars to increase wheel articulation we're over I mean love us as a big old cross axle in Humber together little notice and there's more yeah water good gives me a chance to play with something else I have on board and that is sonar kid you not so large transmission receivers in the door mirrors measure the depth of the water and to make a big noise if it's getting too deep it's not worried not worried I feel like I'm driving a luxury hotel room through a swamp Oh Oh that stain just pretty much like it never now I think I've repaired that more or less that's how it was good so there we are this car in the right hands is very good off-road and now we must move on to this bit of the badge welcome to Donington Park Racetrack and if the sport is as sporty as Land Rover claims it should put on a good show here they get these with a v6 or a v8 diesel the one I'm in is the supercharged petrol v8 with 503 brake horsepower so that is the power taken care of and because it's built on the brand new all aluminium chassis of the proper Range Rover it's getting on for half a tonne lighter than the old sport and then it comes around and then back 503 brake to all four wheels and off you go and as well as the weight loss the computer-controlled suspension fights body roll and there's an active rear diff like you get on a BMW m5 it also has something called torque vectoring which dictates how much power is sent to each of the wheels and wet and that is that is supercar stuff that's what you get on the McLaren 12c road car what's staggering me right now is that hurling this car around this racetrack it doesn't feel like I'm asking you to do anything it doesn't want to do it feels at home all-in-all on a track it's good but how good well to find out we must as ever call on the help of the world's chattiest racing driver today the Stig is in a mini John Cooper Works GP one of the most hardcore hot hatches you can buy and now he's going to use it to set a lap time when you're ready go now let's find out if that can be beaten by the big bulky four but for and to oversee proceedings I shall ride shotgun the beauty of this is is no idea what that last car was called no idea what is it now doesn't care no bias you see all he can do is try and go as fast as he can we are off head towards the first corner not breaking it all the class cool oh that's very very quick down there we might come out of it oh right well that's good I'm not worried about putting off because this is just like a quacking noise for him it's irrelevant twelve membrane about now the this is still a very big heavy car it weighs more than the heaviest Mercedes s-class but even at Stig speed the sport seemed to have everything in order our Range Rover Sport right now but somehow we're not fantastic we just crossed over a minute it's the longest protracted tire squeal in the history of tires and squealing wall that is my that was flying chicane that is past that's the primer strike 129 put 8 to be [Applause] one 29.5 there it is so after years of writing checks it can't cash this car has finally earned the right to be called the Range Rover Sport you you