Weeks before the new Range Rover Sport’s glitzy New York unveiling, LRO editor Mike Goodbun had a top-secret audience with the car and the team behind it – at a very foggy Rockingham race circuit in Northamptonshire. You can read all about that in the May 2013 issue of LRO, on sale April (including for iPad on AppStore – search ‘Land Rover Owner’), but until then, here’s a snapshot of what Mike thinks of the new model:
‘Race tracks aren’t usually our first choice for testing new Land Rovers, but the new Sport feels right at home slithering around on its 22-inch mud-and-snow tyres – Dynamic Stability Control ‘off’. It could certainly bother a few sports cars, and based on this experience I’d much rather opt for a sure-footed Sport than a tetchy Italian supercar for a cross-country blast.
‘Will its off-road ability be compromised as a result of on-road improvements? Land Rover’s engineers say not, quite the opposite in fact – even for the new Torsen differential-equipped models without low-range. We know the Freelander 2 and Evoque can hack it off-road, and the new L405 Range Rover on which the Sport is based is exceptional off-tarmac, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the Sport and find out.
‘It’s looking like the closest thing yet to the only car you’ll ever need.’