The current Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one of the newcomers in the performance SUV segment. The British machine is equipped with either a plug-in hybrid powertrain or a twin-turbo V8 from BMW. It has sporty aspirations, but isn’t it a bit too heavy to be quick around corners? It’s time to find out.
In the United States, the The PHEV model features a powerful electrified system with a peak power of 434 hp (323 kilowatts) and 619 pound-feet (839 Newton meters) of torque. That’s enough for a sprint from a standing start to 60 mph (0-96 kilometers per hour) in just 5.5 seconds, but straight-line acceleration is always an easier task than cornering. Our colleagues at km77.com decided to see how good the new Range Rover Sport is on the moose test.
What they used for their review was a Range Rover Sport P510e, a slightly more powerful version of the same PHEV model. It rode on 23-inch wheels with Pirelli Scorpion 0 all-season tires. Excluding the driver, the example tested weighed exactly 6,680 pounds (3,030 kilograms) with a near-perfect weight distribution of 49.2 percent/50.8 percent front-to-rear.
Even though the Range Rover Sport’s chassis has been revised over the regular Range Rover, the 46.6 mph (75 km/h) performance SUV stood no chance of passing the moose test – not even its electronic stability systems could stay on course without hitting any cones. The driver said the vehicle felt much more controllable than the Range Rover, which km77.com also recently testedbut the RR Sport was just too heavy.
After a few tries, the driver managed to complete the moose test at a speed of 42.9 mph (69 km/h), which is an acceptable result, especially when compared to the 39 mph (63 km/h) that the regular Range Rover reached. The test clearly showed that the sportier model was significantly more agile, with less noticeable body roll and understeer. However, the weight of the plug-in hybrid SUV made it impossible to reach higher speeds.