The Driver`s Rover
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 1158 Date : Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 18:07:32

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    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    March last year Land Rover launched the all-new version of its Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world in New York, where Daniel Craig drove the car through closed off streets. New York was chosen because more Range Rover Sports are sold in the U.S. than any other market and New York is the model’s best-selling city. The brand claims the model is the ultimate premium sports SUV as it is the fastest, most agile and most responsive Land Rover ever. The model was launched in Indonesia last September.

    The first impression of the car is that it is a grownup version of the Evoque, with its sloping roofline, steep windshield angle and streamlined profile. The new Sport is 8% more aerodynamic than the previous model and has a drag of Cd 0.34. Other design cues new on the model include vents in the bonnet and the side fender. The new Sport is just 62 mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4.9 meters, has a longer wheelbase (increased by 178 mm) that provides greater room and improved access for rear passengers. However, compared to the regular Range Rover, the new Sport is 149 mm shorter and 55 mm lower and weighs 45 kg less.

    Inside the cabin, the interior was clean looking, with less buttons in the cabin compared to the previous model, while the dashboard and door trim are done in soft touch padding and aluminum. In the center there is an eight inch touch screen for the music, navigation and to control various function of the car. This interface could be better, as it was slow or unresponsive sometimes while there was no map loaded into the system. The front seat was comfortable and electronically controlled, while the rear is manually adjusted and can be folded to accommodate more space. There is also an optional third row seat that can fold away into the floor at the touch of a button.

    A large panoramic glass roof could be fully opened so even passengers in the rear seat could enjoy the view. For entertainment, the car is equipped with a 19 speaker sound system from U.K. high-end sound firm Meridian. The driver could choose surround system from Meridian or Dolby and DTS.

    The all-aluminum monocoque body in the new Sport helps to reduce the weight by 20% compared to the previous model with a V8 engine that had a steel semi-monocoque plus chassis frame design. The lighter body means that the car will have better performance and fuel economy, which is also assisted by an auto start-stop function and a new “Eco Driving” feature that provides real-time feedback about fuel consumption and suggests ways to improve mileage per liter.