motoring - Range Rover Sport
Written by Karl Peskett
In 1880, John Holler wanted to showcase his cutlery company. He opened a store in New York and hung a display piece in its window. It wasn’t just any knife – it was a multi-tool, which was to outdo even the biggest Swiss Army knives.
With 100 functions (including a pistol), and weighing around 4kg, it now sits on display at the Smithsonian’s history museum, and causes kids’ eyes to widen and grown men to drool. Fast-forward 133 years and Range Rover has just launched that knife’s automotive equivalent.
The Range Rover Sport is surely the most capable and purposeful vehicle ever created. Capable of going from the racetrack to the outback, the Range Rover Sport’s breadth of ability is astonishing. It’s not at all utilitarian, however.
Like its stablemate, the Vogue, the Sport’s interior is the epitome of ultra-modern luxury. With rich metal accents, lush leather, and expert craftsmanship to completely embarrass its German competition, the Sport really has jumped a few rungs since its inception in 2005. The latest incarnation is some 420kg lighter and now lives up to its ‘Sport’ nomenclature.
It handles exceptionally well for an SUV, but the remarkable air suspension allows you to take the path less known. A full 278mm of ground clearance and automatic suspension, traction, and engine calibration for any surface make this a formidable off-road machine.
The pick of the line-up is the supercharged V8 ‘Dynamic’ model, but any of them would happily nestle in any given garage.
Yes, like a Swiss Army knife, the Range Rover Sport can accomplish a lot. Uniquely, though, it does it all well.