Written by: Calvin Chan
Photography by: Calvin Chan and Sammy Chan
- Economical V6 or thirsty V8? We took the 2014 Range Rover Sport Supercharged V8 for a few days to find out which one is worth your money. This 2014 model starts at $91,490. It costs a whopping $17,500 more than the standard Range Rover Sport SE, and $12,500 more than the HSE version. And with the former, the only major upgrade is the engine. The exterior design lies untouched except minor changes to the wheels and rear badge.
- The V8 engine in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged is also the one you will find in the Jaguar XKR. The eight cylinders deliver a whopping 510hp and 461lb-ft of torque. Some of my colleagues think the extra two cylinders are an unnecessary fuel-draining feature, but we think it's enough to keep a smile on your face everytime you mash the gas pedal. I can't help but smirk when this 5000 pound fortress drives like a car half its weight.
- There is nothing like a supercharged engine. Power delivery is instantaneous and nothing like the lag you get from turbos. I will admit, driving the Range Rover has made me a more aggressive driver, lusting for that constant burst of V8 adrenaline. And I just found out that the police monthly quota for speeding tickets isn't a myth. In fact, it's real and it's the end of the month... got to keep an eye out for those speedtraps.
- Even though the Sport is no longer based on the LR4/Discovery models, it still delivers the traditional Range Rover driving experience with a tall stance and a wide panoramic view of the road. Don't forget about the adjustable suspension. We had to lower the Range many times to fit into underground Toronto parking lots and under those nasty yellow bars.
- Dynamic mode - yeah it's that squiggly icon next to the Terrain Response rotary shifter. It is one of the more exciting standard features of the V8 model, and is only found optional in the HSE model. Our HSE test vehicle that we drove in the beginning of the year was not equipped with it, hence we never got a chance to test it until now. When switched on, all the instrument cluster gauges turn red, but that's not all. It lowers and stiffens the air suspension for tighter cornering. The throttle response is sharpened, more weight is added to the steering, the gears are held longer, and there is an increase in the torque-vectoring ability of the electronic rear diff. It all mixes together and transforms the RRS into a more reactive element that rivals that of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and then some.
- The fuel economy isn't so bad either. We expected numbers off the charts for this gargantuan castle sporting eight cylinders. But we averaged a 10.9L/100km with a mix of both highway and city driving, and we aren't the most economical drivers out there either. That ECO Start/Stop function really proves its worth!
- To tell you the truth, I was never a fan of cars painted in silver but the Sport's contrasting black roof on silver body paint is an eye-catching mix. It's like that feeling when your tie perfectly matches your shirt and suit.
- There aren't many differences between a V6 and V8 other than what is packing under the hood and the rear silver badge. Unless you opt for the $3500 Supercharged Dynamic Package that includes 21-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a red sport badge (one of the ways to differentiate between having the package equipped or not). The top speed is increased to 250km/h. I don't know why you would ever need that but serves for good bragging rights or statistical jargon fights. You also get stainless steel pedals and blacked out exterior grilles and side fenders.
- The interior is filled with delicacies and intricate touches that make the Sport stand out from a Porsche Cayenne or a BMW X5, from the adjustable arm rests to a spotlight that shines under the side mirrors when you unlock the car. Our test vehicle was leathered up with Lunar Ebony Seats. It seriously felt like we were sitting on moon dust. I love it!
- We found the Front Cooler Compartment in the center console (part of the Luxury and Visibility Package) not very practical. Don't get the words, cooler and fridge, mixed up. This cooler serves mainly to slow down your drinks from melting, and rest assured it will still melt. It is large enough to fit a large protein shake bottle, but it doesn't get cold quickly enough to really make the difference on a short trip to the grocery store. We thought it served more as a gimmick than a pragmatic feature.
- So this begs the question. Do we really need a V8, when a V6 will do just fine? The V6 is better on fuel economy, costs $17,500 less, and has the exact same interior and exterior as the V8. The V6 sports a mighty engine that punches through the kilometers like clockwork, but spending a few minutes in the V8 will undoubtedly seduce you into the latter. The adrenaline rush of a V8 is one of those things you want in your back pocket in case you ever need it. But chances are you won't be utilizing the V8's full potential anyway, so do yourself a favour and don't even bother testing a V8. Stick with the more fuel-efficient $78,990 HSE. No one will really notice until you're at the fuel pumps. And on a side note, if the diesel version of the Sport was available in Canada I'd snatch that in a heartbeat and ignore the petrol V6/V8 entirely.
型号 Model: 2014 Range Rover Sport V8
顏色 Paint Type: Indus Silver
廠方建議售價 Base Price: $91,490
試車售價 Price as Tested: $100,510 (including $1000 Green Levy fee, $1470 Freight and $100 Tax)
軸距 Wheelbase(mm): 2924
長闊 Length/Width/Height (mm): 4851 / 1983 / 1780
車重 Weight (lb): 5093
引擎 Engine: LR-V8 - 5.0L Supercharged V8
最大馬力 Horsepower-HP: 510 / 6000rpm
最高扭力 Torque-LB-FT: 461 / 2500-5500rpm
波箱 Transmission: 8-speed automatic
擺佈 Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD
前懸 Suspension-Front: Double wishbone
後懸 Suspension-Rear: Multi-link
循跡操控系统 ABS/Traction Control: Standard
油耗 Fuel Consumption (Combined)- L/100 km: 10.9
輪胎尺碼 Tires: Michelin 255/55 R20