Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Range Rover Sport Autobiography

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Range Rover Sport Autobiography

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Byline: Peter Keenan

THERE'S something delightfully decadent about driving a Range Rover Sport.

Beloved of Premier League footballers, its sumptuous interior and impossible-to-miss exterior make it an intensely pleasurable motor to be behind the wheel of.

And with a host of improvements for this year's model, future success seems assured.

With the London Olympics almost upon us the Range Rover Sport has appropriately improved its performance offering more power, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, an upgraded ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and a host of new features for the spacious cabin.

The smooth-as-silk 3.0-litre SDV6 engine now offers 256bhp, compared to 245bhp previously, making it a clinically efficient over-taking machine aided and abetted by the new transmission with rotary gear shift selector and paddle shifts to change up or down manually should you desire.

The Range Rover Sport is more powerful but not more polluting as carbon dioxide emissions are reduced from 243g/km to 230g/km and average fuel economy is improved from a shade over 30mpg to 32.1mpg.

There have also been design and equipment tweaks for the Autobigraphy model which now sports a seven-inch touchscreen with optional Dual View technology. This allows the driver to view the navigation display while the front seat passenger watches television or a DVD while listening on the headphones.

The rear-seat entertainment package has also been enhanced with the availability of wireless technology. If you want quiet kids on a long journey then this is the car for you as my two were far too absorbed in a film to perform their usual trick of annoying the driver.

There are also specification and performance improvements to the audio systems which offers an Albert Hall-style sound through 17 speakers.

The Range Rover Sport gets a powered tailgate for 2012 which is operated by the button located on the fascia, the key fob or tailgate. …

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