2012 Range Rover Sport Supercharged Review

By on April 19, 2012
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Overtaken by the competition.

Good: Superbly powerful, sufficiently luxurious, easy to use Terrain Control for smooth ride no matter the surface.
Bad: Dated design, dull interior.
Price: AED 399,500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Range Rover Sports, first introduced in 2005, was one of those runaway success stories rarely found in SUVs. A great blend of power and updated looks compared to the regular Range Rover (introduced in 2002), the Sports edition was a welcome change. With slimmer windows, tight wheel arches and chunky bumpers, the Range Rover Sports became an instant classic.

Seven years after launch and today we’ll be looking at the 2012 model that comes with some slight and some major improvements. The biggest thing you’ll notice is that the Range Rover Sports looks almost the same as it did in 2005. There are some minor touches, like different styled wheel, exhaust pipes and shinier tail lamps, and let’s not forget the automotive industry’s latest fad, the LED headlights.

The biggest change, however, comes in the form of the recently introduced 3rd generation 5.0 liter supercharged engine from Jaguar. We saw this beast of an engine in the Jaguar XFR last week, and it continues to impress here as well.

Overall the 2012 Range Rover Sports remains the same from the outside as it has ever been. Apart from the new headlights and tail lamps you’d be hard press to discern this model from anything that’s come before.

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