always higher, always stronger

I remember that one day, stuck at the exit of a parking lot, he could no longer find his ticket, and I naively took it to him: “ We are stuck because the barrier does not open? “, and he had immediately answered me very proudly:” I engage the first one and there is no longer any barrier. A picture and a memory of the hoarse sound of the V8 that still resonates in my mind as we boarded this most charismatic, elegant 4×4, with its leather seats, where you slid if you were not attached, but forward after all, a luxury SUV that is capable of going anywhere and crossing everything.

Subsequent occurrences of Range Rover in its latest version, as I could see, it was in the famous show Carpool Karaoke, where James Corden ran a Range. Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez or even Stevie Wonder, among a host of celebrities, went on board with the host of Sen Sen Show to sing loud a trip. Today is the third generation of Range Rover Sports as I’m discovering at Land Rover’s headquarters in the Gaydon development center. To get into this most secret hole, you need to show your credentials and, above all, put away your cell phones. Back to school again, with a notebook and a pencil. We cross corridors, pass through a maze of alleys, where everything has been carefully hidden, and where all employees warmly welcome you along the way, but you have a feeling that behind them hides more than a treasure, offices for design and production , and even secrets that no one, strangers to land Rover, should only know or glimpse. Total immersion with the screening of the film ” The playing field », Where we are in Iceland with Jessica Hawkins, famous Formula 1 driver and 27-year-old British car stunt woman, who especially appeared in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die. In a more than Hollywood production, we follow the pilot in a short film that takes place at the Karahnjukar dam in Iceland, where Jessica Hawkins has to meet 17 km of “impossible” terrain, where the pilot has to climb a 750 ton waterfall. water per minute in the opposite direction. A challenge between “life and death”, because as time goes on, “the water level in the dam rises”, warns a mysterious voice in his walkie-talkie. “Where should I start?”, She wonders against a background of disturbing music that sounds like the apocalypse. Dam engineer Sigurbjörn Nökkvi Björnsson introduces us to Iceland’s largest power plant. “Driving a car through a water overflow is a huge challenge, and there will only be one fatal outcome if something goes wrong: the vehicle would fall 90 meters and there would probably be no more Jess, “he said in a barely reassuring tone. The audience is holding their breath …

Despite the wise advice of an old man who reluctantly tells us – because the region is said to be haunted – a rumor from 1345, where the locals saw a creature in the river, which he also saw “moving in the water like a giant snake “, the young Jessica Hawkins puts on her helmet and decides to set off aboard the new Range Rover Sport. Nothing stops it, pierces the streams, rolls through the giant pipelines, climbs the steep slopes to the cave of the mountain, where the radio transmission is interrupted. Then she comes out and climbs a road that is not one where we see the Range Rover progressing like an insect waddling and climbing flawlessly. It is the last phase, it whizzes through a stream of water where the ground is like an ice rink. The elements of nature are released, but Jessica continues her progress, ” We lost the camera “, We worry in walkie-talkie. Still, Jessica still rides and seems unstoppable. “Pooh,” she breathes as she finally reaches the top. For this slightly larger third generation, with a length of 4.95 m Range Sport preserves its emblematic silhouette forged by three disappearing lines, which amplifies the dramatic side, in a theatrical sense, and which is further enhanced by its most captivating Florence Red color. Clean lines and well-hidden details. With a vision of modern luxury or the essence of minimalism and lightness, the new series leaves a superficial embellishment. Thus, all surfaces have been flattened and the joints have disappeared.

In front, all the technologies are integrated harmoniously in the grid, behind a black ribbon, to enhance this feeling of visual caresses. At the rear, we notice the new uninterrupted light signature as well as the license plate, which is lowered to enhance the seat and the car’s sporty character. But what fascinates us most is the careful work of the taillights, where we observe the care and use in the tangle of LEDs arranged as lace.

Inside, the leather seats, which are now optional for environmental reasons, have been replaced by a similar new material called Ultra Fabric.
Note the installation of an air purification system with a nanoparticle filter to reduce odors, bacteria and allergens, especially Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Gone is the plastic that we have known before, and welcome to a ubiquitous forge of carbon, where a large central 13-inch touchscreen sits. Also very exciting, the appearance of an active noise reduction system to filter road noise or tire friction to make travel on board more comfortable and to listen to music more comfortable, or for purists, enjoy listening to the sound of the engine. The little curiosity about this new Range Sport lies in its 15 Meridian speakers, camouflaged in the doors. Thus 15 speakers, a subwoofer and a 400 W amplifier, or a Meridian 3D Surround Sound System version with 19 speakers, including the subwoofer and a 800W amplifier, will complete the driving experience. It is James Corden looking forward to the next rolling karaoke! The luxury on board can be felt with the adjustable, heated and ventilated seats, with a memory of 22 different adjustment parameters, with massage function and headrest cushions. that the Range Rover Sport will be available in V8 twin-turbo 4.4 at 530 hp and 750 Nm, in 6-cylinder diesel at 250 and 350 hp, and in plug-in hybrid of 440 and 510 hp. They are capable of driving in electric up to 113 km.

land Rover already announces one Range Sport in 2024, which will be 100% electric.

Its marketing date is scheduled for the end of 2022. This is enough to make our mouths water at La Revue Automobile, and above all to give me this great frustration at still not being able to try this new Range Rover Sport, which looks most promising.

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