Range Rover Sport
From an interesting concept car in 2004 to a diesel hybrid for the 2020s, the Range Rover Sport is absolutely one of the most interesting and newsworthy of Land Rover’s entire line of vehicles. WE’ve got the story on the Sport below and cutting-edge news continuously.
Like a few Land Rover models that stuck both on the market and in the public consciousness, the Range Rover Sport began as a concept car years before full production. The Range Stormer debuted at the 2004 North American International Auto Show as a, according to one reviewer, “low-slung, short-wheelbase, unusually sporty 3-door coupe.” The Stormer was touted by Land Rover as a high-performance, sport-touring SUV.”
Since the initial splash at that auto show, the impressions of the original Range Rover Stormer stayed in the minds of many enthusiasts, who hoped that Land Rover might break a somewhat stodgy line of SUVs. The Telegraph of London in a flashback piece that the Stormer “as an all-wheel drive car with a 289km/h top speed thanks to a supercharged V8. It had more aggressive styling than the 2003 Range Rover Sport, which itself was a slight departure from the then-understated design language of Land Rover. The Rane Stormer was certainly a far cry from the Defender, Freelander, Discovery and full fart Rangey (sic) of the time.”
Another, similarly admiring, review noted that “The disproportionately short cabin height compared to the overall body size gives the Range Stormer an aggressive, powerful and sporty stance, enhanced by the use of massive 22-inch wheels.”
The Range Rover Sport reborn for the 21st century
The main change for the late 2010s and 2020s Range Rover Sport models: The hybrid, plug-in engine. Whilst other Land Rover vehicles have used alternate fuels or fuel-saving methods, the Range Rover Sport is blessed with an engine that will stick around, namely electric. Not only that, this hybrid is a *diesel*-electric hybrid. Crazy!
Naturally, most reviewers – and, speaking completely pragmatically, most car buyers – will simply not take the hybrid engine into account. The truth is, most who want a hybrid get a hybrid and those looking for performance fill that need. Ideally, you’ll get environmental soundness and SUV performance, but the reviewer isn’t about to factor these in.
Take, for example, the wonderfully Scottishly-named Angus MacKenzie of Motor Trend just wanted a solid vehicle to take on a semi-punishing road trip, one that requires an SUV “with the ability to keep going when the road stops.”
For good ol’ Angus the reviewer’s purposes, “really only one vehicle ticks all [the] boxes: The 2020 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE,” which delivers “the best combination of standard features, including 20-inch alloy wheels and the fixed panorama roof. Inside are 16-way power seats with a memory function and the very good midrange Meridian audio system.”
Aside from the excitement, the reports on the Range Rover Sport’s fuel consumption are decent enough, even if just considering the diesel aspect of the engine. As far back as 2016, a new Sport should average over 30.0 miles per gallon; the 2020 edition is up around 32.5 mpg.
For equally good on-road and off-road performance from the same SUV, you’ll certainly be considering the Range Rover Sport. And for news, reviews and the latest information on the Sport and all sports of Land Rovers, keep it right here at mediaLandRover.com.
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