Range Rover Sport Review: Mud and Track | Series 20 | BBC

Range Rover Sport Review: Mud and Track | Series 20 | BBC


Richard takes the new Range Rover Sport out for a test drive – which includes a lot of mud, water and some very steep hills. It’s then up to The Stig to test out the ‘sport’ part of the Range Rover’s name.Subscribe for more awesome videos: YouTube channel: TopGear.com website: Facebook: Twitter:

With prices starting at £50,000,
it's cheaper than a proper Range Rover and because it's available with
seven seats, it's more practical as well. But like I said, at the beginning, the old Range Rover Sport
was a bit of a fraud. The question must be, is this one
really a Range Rover and is it a Sport? Let's start with that first bit. No matter how much wood and leather
it's fitted with, the mark of a real Range Rover is being
able to tackle this sort of stuff. Important work being done, coming through. Well, the first thing you need to know is that this is not a Discovery
in a Range Rover frock. It has the proper Range Rover chassis and the same terrain
response system as well. This analyses the ground
you're driving over and automatically adjusts
the suspension, gearbox, brakes and engine output to suit. Big, big, almost vertical hill now! Very steep, very steep, very muddy. That is… that is a climb. Well done, you. Besides the terrain response,
there's also a computer that disconnects the anti-roll bars
to increase wheel articulation. We're over. I mean, that was a big old
cross-axling hump to get over. It didn't even notice! And there's more. Ah! Water. Good. Gives me a chance to play
with something else I have on board and that is… sonar. Kid you not! Sonar transmitters and receivers
in the door mirrors measure the depth of the water. It'll make a big noise
if it's getting too deep. It's not worried, not worried. I feel like I'm driving
a luxury hotel room through a swamp. Cool. Oh-ho! That's steep! Just pretty much like it never… There, I think I've repaired that. More or less. That's how it was. Good. So, there we are. This car, in the right hands,
is very good off-road. And now we must move on,
to this bit of the badge. Welcome to Donington Park racetrack. And if the Sport is as sporty
as Land Rover claims, it should put on a good show here. Now, you can get these
with a V6 or a V8 diesel. The one I'm in is the supercharged
petrol V8 with 503-brake horsepower, so, that is the power taken care of. And because it's built
on the brand-new all-aluminium chassis of the proper Range Rover, it's getting on for half a ton
lighter than the old Sport. That turn, lift and then
it comes around and then bang! 503-braked all four wheels and off you go! And as well as the weight loss, the computer-controlled suspension
fights body roll, and there's an active rear diff,
like you'd get on a BMW M5. It also has something called
torque vectoring, which dictates how much power
is sent to each of the wheels and when. I mean, that is supercar stuff. That's what you get
on the McLaren 12C road car. What's staggering me right now is that
hurling this car around this racetrack, it doesn't feel like I'm asking it
to do anything it doesn't want to do. It feels at home. All in all, on a track, it's good.
But how good? Well, to find out, we must, as ever, call on the help
of the world's chattiest racing driver. Today, The Stig is in
a Mini John Cooper Works GP, one of the most hardcore
hot-hatches you can buy. And now, he's going to use it
to set a lap time. When you're ready… go! Now, let's find out if that can be beaten
by the big, bulky four by four. And to oversee proceedings,
I shall ride shotgun. The beauty of this is, he has no idea what that last car
was called, no idea what he's in now. Doesn't care. No bias, you see. All he can do
is try and go as fast as he can. And we're off! Head towards the first corner,
not braking at all for the first corner. Oh, that's very, very quick down there! Some wee might have come out there. Whoa! Brakes work. That's good. I'm not worried about putting him off because this is just like
a quacking noise for him. It's irrelevant. It's worth remembering about now
that this is still a very big, heavy car. It weighs more than
the heaviest Mercedes S-class. But even at Stig speed, the Sport
seemed to have everything in order. We should be The Leaning Tower
of Range Rover Sport right now, but somehow we're not. It's fantastic! We just crossed over a minute. That's the longest protracted tyre squeal
in the history of tyres and squealing. Oh, that is… My, that was flying. Chicane! That is fast. And on to the final straight. 129.8 to beat. 129.5. There it is. So, after years of writing cheques
it can't cash, this car has finally earned the right
to be called the Range Rover Sport.

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