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New Range Rover Sport 5.0 Breaks Desert Record

New Range Rover Sport Masters Empty Quarter Desert

Congratulations. The Range Rover Sport 5.0-litre V8 has completed the fastest crossing of the Empty Quarter Desert. That, of course, is the largest sand desert on the planet. As such, this magnificent machine covered more than eight-hundred kilometres from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates in ten hours twenty-two minutes. Average speed was slightly over fifty miles per-hour. During its challenge the vehicle – that was piloted by forty-seven year old off-road specialist Moi Torrallardona – roared at high speed across the flats, tip-toed down sand dunes and propelled itself over punishing jumps. It also coped with extreme heat, sand storms and steered around camels that must have been puzzled to see a big metal box charging through their habitat. Remarkably, the vehicle was running on standard tyres and the only modification was the addition of an underfloor protection plate. Furthermore, the adventure was recorded from start to finish – perhaps by camels – who have now placed the footage on the manufacturer’s YouTube Channel. Off-road fans will find it fascinating.

New Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 Autobiography Review

The Range Rover Sport 5.0-litre V8 has numerous strengths that helped it complete its desert challenge. These include the Terrain Response 2 System that allows the driver to select the mode that best suits the conditions. Options include: mud and ruts, sand, rock crawl, grass/gravel/snow, general driving and automatic. Among other things these modes change the response of the throttle, transmission and traction control to help the tyres stick to the surface. The vehicle is impressive on the road too. As such the ride – which comes courtesy of air suspension that can be raised/lowered - is supremely refined and it corners with the utmost confidence. These characteristics complement the luxurious cabin that has remarkable features such as a screen that shows two images at the same time. And not via split screen - two images simultaneously fill the entire surface at the same moment. Which image is visible varies according to the motorist's seating position. So, the driver might see the satellite navigation readout while the passenger watches television. The screen complements the eighteen-way memory seats, all-around cameras, powered tailgate, electric parking brake, heated windscreen and the key-less entry system. This desert champion can even steer itself into parallel paring bays. Oh, and the 510PS petrol engine propels it to 62mph in only 5 seconds. Is that faster than a camel?