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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 29th 2009
20— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 29, 2009 SLEEK: The 2010 Range Rover Sport has been given a gentle exterior make-over to bring it into line with the new corporate identity. When less is definitely more Whatdoyoudowith a2.5 tonne off-road sportscar? Ifyouare LandRoveryougive italittlemoreflash andalotmoredash. KevinHepworth reports T HE Range Rover Sport has always been a bit of an enigma—a bulky, extremely capable off-roader that has pretensions of mixing it with the quick boys on the hard-top. Neither fish nor fowl . . . but tasty none-the-less. For the 2010 upgrade the Rangie Sport has been given a gentle exterior make-over to bring it into line with the new corporate identity. Modifications include a three-bar grille and style cues for the full-fat Range Rover, two for the Sport and a single bar, or finger as Land Rover director of design Gerry McGovern likes to describe it, for the Discovery. ‘‘It’s a case of an evolution on the outside and a revolution on the small torque Range Rover Sport Price:TBAbut expect from $100,000 Engine:5L/V8supercharged 375kW/625Nm;5L/V8 276kW/510Nm;3L/V6twin turbo diesel,180kW/600Nm; 3.6L/V8 turbo diesel200kW/ 640Nm Transmission: 6-speed automatic; all-wheel drive Economy:15L/100km(V8 supercharged), 13.9L/100km (V8),9.2L/100km(V6 diesel), 11.1L/100km (V8 diesel) inside,’’ Mr McGovern said. ‘‘The four key attributes of the Range Rover . . . functionality, sustainability, premiumness and desireability . . . are all there but our premium customers believe less is more. ‘‘They do not wantto be challenged by complexity.’’ To that end the Sport’s instruments and switchgear have been rationalised with the result that there is claimed to be 50 per cent fewer buttons with many of the functions now linked through a touch screen that is a close relative of the one in the Jaguar XF. The functionality of the satellite navigation has been greatly enhanced by running it through a 40gb hard drive that not only speeds up the various operations but allows for some fairly sophisticated graphics. Unlike in the Discovery, the ter- rain response dial has not been moved into the dash a pity but the Sport does win a major function change in the inclusion of a dedicated on-road setting for higherspeed driving. The ‘‘Dynamic’’ setting is designed to take advantage of the Sport’s sophisticated new adaptive damping and not inconsiderable suspension tweaks. The down side of the new suspen- sion architecture is that the chassis tuners have been forced into a slight compromise on steering at least on the supercharged model which has the adaptive damping as standard. Nobody at Land Rover will go on record but one chassis engineer conceded privately that the steering is a little less sharp on turn-in and slightly more vague off-centre than had been targetted shortcomings dictated in part by the Sport’s need to be both sportscar and mud-walloper. Under the bonnet the Sport gets a trio of new engines and retains an old favourite. The hero engine is destined to be the 3.0-litre sequential twin turbo diesel, a 180kw and 600Nm unit Australia will also see in the Discovery 4. The parallel sequential turbo sys- tem differs from twin in-line turbos in that for much of the time only a single turbocharger is employed. However, with the two turbos effectively eliminating lag the diesel’s huge urge is on tap from near the bottom of the rev range through to peak power. However, if it is good off the line it is brilliant in the mid-range where the big car positively leaps at any opportunity to overtake. The high-performance card in the engine deck is the all-new 375kW 5.0-litre superchargedwhichreplaces the outgoing 4.2-litre unit bringing 29 per cent more power and 12 per cent more torque (625Nm) while reducing fuel consumption by 6.9 per cent and emissions by 7 per cent. As aggressive as it is, the supercharged eight is still a smooth unit with a nice line in induction tuning for those who like to hear their supercharger dollars working. DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! $9.00 per day† Only 38,000km 2.4 litre sports auto, dual airbags, ABS brakes, cruise control, power windows, MP3 CD player, remainder new car warranty. Stock No. 321743 07 MITSUBISHI Lancer WAS $17,990 NOW $16, 990 DRIVE AWAY 2.4 litre, sports auto, climate control, cruise control, 6 CD player, sports suspension, ABS brakes, dual airbags, full body kit, alloy wheels. Stock No. 321739 06 MITSUBISHI Lancer VRX WAS $19,990 NOW $17, 990 †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. DRIVE AWAY $9.50 per day† Only 31,000km CVT automatic, 1.3 litre petrol/electric, six airbags. Stock No. 321636 07 HONDA Civic Hybrid WAS $27,490 NOW $23, 990 DRIVE AWAY $13.00 per day† www.djmotors.com.au email@example.com Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 As a pair with the naturally aspirated version of the engine (276kW and 510Nm) the V8s feature a couple of industry-first technologies with central spray-guided direct injection and torque-activated variable timing on all four camshafts. All three of the new engines are coupled to a revised ZF six-speed automatic. Rounding out the engine portfolio is the carry-over 3.6-litre V8 diesel with an unchanged 200kW and 640Nm. Depending on the trim level there is plenty of fruit in the Range Rover Sport. On the menu is climate control, bi- xenon lights, 20-inch rims, Bluetooth, five external cameras for panoramic surround views of the car, keyless entry, leather, satellite navigation and a nine-speaker audio system. That’s just the luxury stuff. The functional off-road gear includes the dial-a-situation terrain response, hill descent control, air suspension and low-ration gearbox all available at the push of a button. In keeping with Land Rover’s core attribute there are precious few places where a Range Rover Sport will not take you in comfort and confidence . . . and if you are in a hurry to get to the wild outdoors, then the Sport can help there as well.
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