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Taking the new Range Rover Sport on a road trip ahead of its arrival in Singapore

Expect no compromise on luxury in the Range Rover Sport. For starters, its gorgeous interior is swathed in supple leather everywhere and in places you least expect.

You also get soft-closing doors, built-in Amazon Alexa, 22-way adjustable electric memory front seats with massage, a refrigerated drinks compartment in the front, rear seats that let you recline like a boss, and a fabulous 29-speaker Meridian Signature Sound System with active noise cancellation technology built into all four headrests that work much like your high-end headphones.

Then, there’s the next-generation Cabin Air Purification Pro system, which helps neutralise allergens and viruses including the SARS-CoV-2 virus by combining PM2.5 filtration and nanoe X technology. 

And, for consummate convenience, there’s a proximity sensing feature that unlocks or locks the vehicle as you walk towards, or away from it.

DRIVING TOWARDS AN ELECTRIC FUTURE

The new Range Rover Sport is slated to arrive in Singapore by the end of the year and three versions will be available: The P400, the P530 and the P510e plug-in hybrid.

As its name suggests, the P400 delivers 400hp from a 3-litre turbocharged V6 engine while the P530 pumps 530hp from its 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine – propelling the two variants from zero to 100km/h in a very impressive 5.7 seconds and 4.5 seconds, respectively.

The P510e is based on the same engine as the P400, but its hybrid drivetrain is supplemented with a 105kW electric motor that produces a combined output of 510hp, providing an additional 113km of pure electric driving so you’d scarcely have to ever refuel while commuting in urban environments. 

A highly-anticipated pure electric Range Rover Sport, meanwhile, is expected to be launched in 2024.

We had the opportunity to test-drive the P510e and the P530 on this road trip in Spain and as we whizzed down long stretches of motorway, those honey-hued desert-like plains grew fainter in the rear-view mirror. And the exquisite silence within the cabin spoke of a level of luxury indeed fit for royalty.

RANGE ROVER SPORT SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE: 2,997cc turbocharged 24-valve inline-6; 2,997cc turbocharged 24-valve inline-6 with 105kW motor and plug-in 38.2kWh battery; 4,395cc turbocharged 32-valve V8

POWER: 400hp; 510hp; 530hp

TORQUE: 550Nm; 750Nm; 750Nm

TRANSMISSION: Eight-speed automatic with paddle shift

ACCELERATION (0-100KM/H): 5.7 seconds; 5.4 seconds; 4.5 seconds

TOP SPEED: 242km/h; 242km/h; 250km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION (combined): From 9.4 litres/100km; unavailable; from 11.2 litres/100km

PRICE: TBA



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