Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
It is surprising to know that the Land Rover’s inception goes as far back as 1948. Under the Land Rover Company, the SUV was brought on to the road in 1970, then a decade with British Leyland, then to BMW and Ford, and finally taken under the wings of Tata Motors. And since then technology has helped in improvising its looks and performance. The 2008 Land Rover is a classic beauty combining style with ruggedness. A powerful, supercharged 4.2L Jaguar AJ-V8 engine has been fitted to a sleek, all-terrain model.This SUV is more agile being slightly smaller and better at handling corners and rough roads than its previous models. It was the first model to brandish the Dynamic Response System, fitted with intelligence systems for driving on all terrains. The base price is $92,825 with a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty. But flaunting the iconic and stylish SUV both in and out of the busy metro is a cream-licking satisfaction that more than makes up its heavy price tag.
The 4.2L V8 engine is supercharged to empower the 5842lbs of muscle. It can move from 0 to 60 mpg in 7.1 seconds and produce 400 hp. The torque is measured to be 420 lb/ft. The earlier versions have bigger engines of 4.4L, but produce lesser power and torque. A dynamic terrain response system helps in navigating all terrains with ease. Other features include anti-lock disc brakes with electronic force distribution and brake-assist. Airbags protects both the rows of passengers. It takes some getting used to, to adjust all the settings for handling terrains, brakes, automatic load leveling and stability control. The rest is easy and enjoyable.
For a rugged all terrain monster the interior is deceptively luxurious. Warm and soft leather is used extensively from the dashboard to the passenger seats. The Land Rover can seat 5 passengers comfortably. Bucket seats in front and rear seats that can split and fold are upholstered in premium leather, for comfort. The heated leather seats have headrests with rotary controls, placed at the back for convenience. The center console is smartly designed with air conditioning, ventilation and a few other controls at the bottom. The audio and air conditioning units are placed on top. The no-nonsense instrument panel holds analog gauges with white numbers on a black background. This panel has a clock, trip computer, tachometer, compass, low fuel warning and a temperature display. Harmon/kardon premium audio system with dual monitors and headphones is an optional feature for $2500. A total of 14 speakers with an output of 550 watts pump in music discreetly. The luggage space is sumptuously carpeted and very enticing.
The sporty land rover is fitted with swanky looking diamond-mesh grille in chrome and chrome tipped exhausts, 19-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors and bi-xenon headlights are standard features of this SUV. 20 inch wheels, adaptive suspension system for better handling, adaptive headlights, temperature controlled seats and adaptive cruise control are all optional features. This heart- throb comes in 12 exciting colors like fuji white, bali blue, bournville, baltic blue, nara bronze and rimini red to name a few. The Land Rover 2008 is a leaner version sporting power-folding exterior mirrors, powered passenger seats and a telescoping and tilting steering wheel.