2015 Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography

The British “Uber-SUV” Delivers the Best of Two Worlds

Range Rover (or should I say Land Rover (LR), the broader term and company name, which covers both Land and Range) is arguably one of the top names when we think of a vehicles that can go beyond the asphalt and paved roads.

No matter how the surface is, Range Rover is able to transmit power to the four wheels effectively.

No matter how the surface is, Range Rover is able to transmit power to the four wheels effectively.

 

Torque vectoring is one of many high tech features the Range Rover has for superb off-road driving in snow, mud or gravel.

Torque vectoring is one of many high tech features the Range Rover has for superb off-road driving in snow, mud or gravel.

What would be a better alternative the the Range Rover in South Ontarian winter.

What would be a better alternative the the Range Rover in South Ontarian winter.

I wish I would have a red or blue vehicle for a better picture.

I wish I would have a red or blue vehicle for a better picture.

This name has been part of the automobile history since 1948 and sold in more than 140 countries. LR has tough years if not decades behind. Once owned by Ford and then by BMW, LR (as part of the Jaguar Land Rover Group), since 2008, the Indian Industrial Conglomerate is LR’s controlling shareholder. Things are getting better and better since then. The British Royal brand, tarnished by lowest scores of initial quality studies several years ago is flourishing again as the increasing global sales suggest. New or newer products and more models to choose from with much better quality promise a better future.

My recent test vehicle from the Range Rover range was the Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography. This long model definition suggests to top-of-the line version of this sporty, big SUV.

The combination of high-quality plastic, leather and metal is simply gorgeous and impressive.

The combination of high-quality plastic, leather and metal is simply gorgeous and impressive.

510 horses under the hood and ready to run at any moment are comparable to the most elite class of the automobile world from Ferraris and Lambos to superlatives like Porsche Cayenne Turbo or BMW X5 M50. This power propels the newly aluminized, lighter-weight Sport to 100 kilometers an hour in just 5.3 seconds. The top speed exceeds 250 km/h that I could not test for the predictable reasons.

The 5L V8 engine delivers 510 HP with a staggering torque of 502 lb-ft. The German-built, 8-speed automatic transmission connects the power-plant to the road excellently.

The 5L V8 engine delivers 510 HP with a staggering torque of 502 lb-ft.
The German-built, 8-speed automatic transmission connects the power-plant to the road excellently.

Speeding or accelerating is only one of the beautiful features of this “Uber-SUV”. With active damping suspension, long wheelbase and the high, majestic seating position on top of the fine leather, the can show to other participants of the traffic around you, what kind of mobility you can afford. Mobilizing a torque exceeding 600 lb-ft while listening to the magic sound of superchargers “on duty” is a driving experience you will never forget. The German, ZF-eight speed automatic transmission delivers this huge torque to the four wheels in 275/45R21 format. At your discretion, you can increase your control over the vehicle by shifting to manual mode via the shift paddles at your fingertips.

This performance has its costs at the pump with an average of over 15 liters. Not because of the owner of this vehicle will suffer from the fuel costs, but for the sake of even more torque, more pleasure and extended range, a Diesel engine would nicely fit to this machine.

The royal rear-seating comfort is ideal for two but comfortable also for three when needed.

The royal rear-seating comfort is ideal for two but comfortable also for three when needed.

With so many driving assistance systems from adaptive cruise control to “DampTronic” suspension that can sense the road surface 500 times per second and “Roll Stability Control” that practically eliminates a rollover risk, you will not feel alone behind the steering hill

The best part though, is hitting the road and challenging the Canadian winter while few others dare to drive.

And a 1,700-watt Meridian audio system with 23 speakers will not let you to listen to the blowing wind outside.

The infotainment screen falls a bit short of the generally very high standard of the vehicle. The menu could be simpler and more responsive. RR surprisingly opted for more traditional shit lever instead of a dial knob.

The infotainment screen falls a bit short of the generally very high standard of the vehicle. The menu could be simpler and more responsive. RR surprisingly opted for more traditional shit lever instead of a dial knob.

The total price including options worth 15 grand (as you would expect from a fully-loaded, impressive media vehicle) reaches 120 thousand. Even at this price range, there are some features which need improvement: A visually more appealing and bigger infotainment system with faster response being on top of my wish list.

Conclusion

If you are wealthy enough and want to combine the highest driving comfort with the ultimate off-road capabilities, Range Rover Sport may be your best choice.

2015 Range Rover Sport V8 5.0

The Specifications

Type of vehicle All-wheel drive SUV
Power 5.0, V8-gasoline engine, supercharged, 510 HP
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $104.990 / $119,715
Destination charge $1,575
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km)  city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors,  Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Ebony Premium Headliner: $450, Climate Comfort Package: $1,000, Premium Audio System: $4,550, 22″ Gloss Black Diamond turned Wheels: $2,400, Full-size Spare Tire: $250, Adaptive Cruise Control: $1,500, Stealth Package: $1,000, Soft Door Close: $600, Paddle Shit, Nobel Plated: $100, Park Assist: $1,200

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media

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