Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Car of the Month October 2013

2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

High-Performance Luxury SUV

A three-quarter front view of the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged
In short: A powerful, new age off-road-ready luxury SUV.

2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged Review

Melding forward-thinking technology with intelligent design, the Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged offers impressive performance both on-road and off. A 5.0-liter, 510-horsepower supercharged V8 propels the two-and-a-half-ton vehicle from 0-60 in just 5.1 seconds. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 gives the SUV a sure-footed feel by monitoring ground conditions and automatically configuring vehicle settings for optimum performance.

Our Chile Red tester came loaded with a deafening, 825-watt Meridian surround sound system and nineteen speakers. A rear entertainment system with wireless headphones and remote control allows for hours of driving enjoyment on road trips to the lake or mountains. Moving the agile 4-wheel-drive vehicle from city to country required 12.7 miles per gallon—good thing this all-aluminum model shed 800 pounds from its predecessor. You can truly drive the Range Rover Sport like a sports car thanks to its swift acceleration, great cornering and fantastic braking aided by Brembo equipment. When terrain gets rough, you may play with an additional seven inches of ground clearance. The 5+2 seating arrangement gives you flexibility in regards to passengers and cargo, with seats that fold flat into the floor. We felt totally safe thanks to a panoply of safety systems, and always ready to go with paddleshifters providing quick access to the SUV’s healthy supply of horsepower. Of course, being cocooned in this type of luxury is pricy, but if you have to ask…

View more photos of the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 6-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty; complimentary first scheduled maintenance

You can click on each photo to enlarge

QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $79,100 / As Tested: $94,085

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower: 510 hp
Torque: 461 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Curb weight: 5,137 lbs
Wheelbase: 115 in
Length/Width/Height: 196.8 / 81.6 / 72.3 in
Turning circle: 40.4 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: Electronic Cross Linked Air Suspension

Traction: dynamic stability control with traction control; Terrain Response 2; cornering brake control; roll stability control; permanent 4-wheel drive

0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 140 mph

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 19 mpg
Combined MPG: 16 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: driver and passenger airbags (side, seat-front, thorax and pelvis)


Check out other Land Rover models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Land Rover website

Photography: AlphaMedia

Make: Land Rover, Vehicle Type: SUV

Comments

comments


Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, GAYOT's favorite superfoods promote wellness and help combat cancer and other health threats.

While it can be hard to separate the trash from the treasure when it comes to self-help books, these tomes are admired for their insightful advice.