Range Rover Sport Autobiography Review
The British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has rolled out its 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport in the Indian automobile markets with an expensive price tag. This new sports utility vehicle is made available with two engine options such as petrol and diesel where the Range Rover Sport 5.0L V8 SC Petrol Autobiography is the high end variant in the model series. This particular variant is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine that has the ability to produces an impressive power and generate a superior torque. This latest version from the British automaker gets refined exteriors in the form of revamped grille, bumpers, side profile, roof line and headlight cluster. What truly impressive about this latest version is its extremely stylish front profile that represents the cutting designs of the JLR. This new version also received refreshed interiors and it has been incorporated with distinct Range Rover Sport design cues. The company has improved the rear legroom and shoulder space by around 24mm, which makes it even comfortable for the occupants. The comfort levels inside this luxurious SUV are unparalleled to any other model of its class.
The all new Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography comes with a sophisticated body design that represents the heights of design and technology acquired by JLR in the automobile segment. This new version of the Range Rover Sport gets the refreshed front, side and rear profiles with brand Land Rover design DNA inherited in it. To begin with the front profile, the design of the front radiator grille has been improved, which is now very sleek and more pronounced. The design of the headlight cluster has been made sleeker and it incorporates power headlamps. The bottom of the frontage has been fitted with a body colored bumper that incorporates air ducts with fog lights and a nudge guard styled protective cladding that adds muscular look to the frontage. The side profile of this premium SUV is truly fascinating where its sleek body design will get your attention in the first impression. The wheel arches have been fitted with 21 inch alloy wheels while the doors have been fitted with body colored handles and glossy black painted ORVMs. Coming to the rear profile, the tail light clusters have been revamped and made sleeker and they incorporates LED lamps along with turn indicators. The rear windscreen is very large and it is accompanied by a rear spoiler above it. The boot lid gets a thick chrome garnished strip along with prominent company logo and variant badging. The bumper comes in body color and it is further fitted with dual layered protective cladding and reflectors.
The interior section of this new Range Rover Sport Autobiography trim has been improved and it represents another level in luxury. The interior cabin comes with modern style design with Range Rover Sport design elements incorporated on to it. The cockpit is very sportier where several number of sophisticated equipments are present that takes care of each and every requirement of the driver. The company has blessed the interiors with dual toned look where the dashboard, steering wheel , seats and door trims comes with dual toned color scheme. The four spoked steering wheel has been equipped with call function and audio control buttons that adds to the conveniences of the driver. Furthermore, the central console of the dashboard has been accentuated with silver accents and it houses arm rest along with advanced equipments in it. The cabin is extremely spacious as the company has improved the legroom and the shoulder space by about 24mm. This will enable the occupants to avail luxurious comforts.
Engine and Performance:
Powering this high end SUV model is the 5.0-litre, 8-cylindered supercharged petrol mill that has the ability to produce 4999cc of displacement capacity. This engine with the help of super charger can produce a maximum power of about 503bhp in the range of 6000 to 6500rpm while generating a maximum 625Nm of peak torque output in the range of 2500 to 5500rpm. This engine has been skillfully coupled with a sophisticated 8-speed ZF automatic transmission gearbox. This power train enables the vehicle to zoom towards a maximum speed of about 225 Kmph while breaking the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just about 5.3 seconds, which is remarkable.
Braking and Handling:
This refreshed version of Range Rover Sport Autobiography trim has been equipped with an updated braking system that enables the driver to experience improved driving feel by offering enhanced stopping power. The company has fitted a rare and sophisticated air suspension system to all four corners of this SUV that works in combination with Terrain Response 2 system, which will help driver to cruise confidently regardless of grass, snow, rocks and tarmac. Furthermore, this advanced SUV has been incorporated with several traction control programs such as Dynamic Stability control and Roll Stability control systems that allows the driver to obtain full control over this SUV.
The list of comfort features incorporated to this SUV are enormous. The company hasn't compromised on any of the comfort aspects of this SUV to offer a next level of luxury to the occupants inside. The list of comfort features include an automatic air conditioning system with climate control, AC vents for rear occupants , waterfall lighting, front dome lamps and map lights, illuminated front vanity mirrors, foot well lamps, push button Start function, cup holders, command driving position and lots more. The company also fitted some of the sophisticated infotainment, communication and entertainment system that include portable audio interface, auxiliary power sockets, rear seat entertainment, Harmon Kardon surround sound system, personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth capability are just to name a few.
Range Rover Sport Autobiography trim is perhaps the most advanced SUV model of its class and it is bestowed with technically sophisticated protective functions. This SUV has been incorporated with safety aspects such as Volumetric alarm, Auto lock on drive away, six air bags, electric parking brake, remote central locking system , high level spoiler mounted stop lamp and lots more.
Pros : Striking new style and appearance, improved interior space and comforts.
Cons : Very expensive price tag, poor mileage despite improvements.