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The Top Gear car review:Land Rover Range Rover Sport
For:Proper pace, goeverywhere ability, ace cruiser
Against:Not cheap, will struggle to shake the 'Premier League' image
What is it?
The performance-focused version of Land Rover’s all-new posh SUV, available for the first time with the option of seven seats. The Sport uses the same aluminium construction as the full-fat Range Rover, meaning it’s far lighter than its predecessor: around 400kg model-for-model, in fact. Though predictably ballistic on road, the Sport can do the business off tarmac as well: it’ll wade through 85cm of water, and boasts far greater axle articulation and wheel travel than the Audi Q7.
There are two diesel options – the potent 292bhp SDV6 and an interesting new diesel hybrid – alongside a deranged 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 that makes 510bhp and will propel the RRS to 60mph in five seconds flat. Too slow for you? Enter the SVR, whose 550bhp output cuts this to just 4.5 seconds. All engines use an eight-speed auto.