Diesel is sucked from the fuel tank (at a pretty slow rate, we have to note), it goes into the 3.0-liter V6, where it becomes power and, especially torque, being then channeled through the six ratios of the automatic gearbox. Nothing special here, in fact you might feel a little bit of age (a few extra ratios would've solved this issue).
However, when moving forward on the way to the surface of the Earth, things go the other way: up. You get an air suspension which offers three settings withing 10 cm of adjustment, and a terrain response system, that tells the differentials and the engine when and what to do - all you have to do is tell it what the wheels are touching (there are five settings, ranging from tarmac to snow)
.We also have to mention that you get a two-speed transfer case, a locking center diff, as well as an optional locking rear diff.
All these are contained in what is neither a body-on-frame, nor a monocoque chassis. You see, the Range Rover Sport uses a shortened wheelbase version of the Discovery's Integrated Body Frame, which promises to offer the best of both worlds.
The passenger cell and the engine bay form a monocoque, which is united with a ladder chassis that holds the suspension and the transmission.
Real world translation: this brings heavy off-roading skills, but it makes the car heavier than the Range Rover in certain configuration, affecting on-road abilities.
The air suspension is a versatile application, and we have to appreciate that, but is doesn't help the car handle its 2,700+ kg/6,000 lbs through the bends.
As for the other side of the tech moon, the vehicle is flooded with goodies, such active Bi-Xenon headlights, a ton of electronics (besides the Terrain Response) - like Hill Descent Control and Rollover Stability Control - and many, many comfort-orientated features. But we'll talk more about this in the "Gadgets" section.Continue reading
Range Rover Sport technical data summary
Engine: 2993 cm3 cc V6 Diesel
Dimensions: 188.3 in (4783 mm) length / 78.9 in (2004 mm) width / 70.2 in (1783 mm) height
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