always higher, always stronger

I remember one day, stuck at the exit of a parking lot, he couldn’t find his ticket and I naively said to him: “ We’re stuck because the barrier won’t open? “, and he had immediately answered me very proudly: ” I switch on the first and there is no more barrier. An image and a memory of the hoarse sound of the V8 that still resonates in my mind as we traveled aboard this most charismatic, elegant 4×4, with its leather seats that you slipped into if you weren’t attached, but above all a luxury SUV that is able to go anywhere and cross everything.

Consecutive times that Range Rover in the most recent version I could see, it was on the famous show Carpool Karaoke, with James Corden driving a Range. Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez or even Stevie Wonder, among a plethora of celebrities, boarded alongside the host of the late late show sing loudly for a walk. Today the third generation of the Range Rover Sport which I’m about to discover at Land Rover’s HQ, Gaydon Development Center. To enter this most secret lair, you have to show your login details and most importantly put down your cell phones. Back to school, again, with a notebook and a pencil. We cross corridors, go through a maze of alleys where everything is carefully hidden and where all the employees welcome you warmly along the way, but you have the feeling that behind it is more than a treasure, offices of design and production, and even secrets that no one, strange to land rover, just need to know or glimpse. Total immersion at the screening of the film” the overflow », where we find ourselves in Iceland with Jessica Hawkins, the famous Formula 1 driver and 27-year-old British car stunt woman, who was most notably featured in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die. In a more than Hollywood production, we follow the pilot in a short film set at the Karahnjukar Dam in Iceland, where Jessica Hawkins has to brave 17km of “impossible” terrain, where the pilot has to climb a 750-ton waterfall of water per minute in the opposite direction. A challenge between “life and death”, because over time “the water level in the dam rises”, a mysterious voice on his walkie-talkie warns. “Where do I start?” she wonders to a background of disturbing music that echoes the apocalypse. Dam engineer Sigurbjörn Nökkvi Björnsson introduces us to Iceland’s largest power plant. huge challenge, and there will be only one fatality 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 crowd held their breath…

Despite the wise advice of an old man who begrudgingly tells us – because the region is said to be haunted – a rumor from 1345 in which the locals saw a creature in the river, which he himself also saw “moving in the water like a giant snake “, young Jessica Hawkins puts on her helmet and decides to board the new Range Rover Sport. Nothing stops it, it pierces the streams, rolls through the gigantic tubes of pipes, climbs the steep slopes to the hollow of the mountain where the radio transmission is interrupted. Then she comes out and climbs a road that isn’t there, where we see the Range Rover waddle and climb flawlessly like an insect. It’s the final stage, it rushes through a torrent of water where the ground is like an ice rink. The elements of nature are being released, but Jessica continues her progress.” We lost the camera ‘, we worry in the walkie-talkie. Yet Jessica is still riding and seems unstoppable. “Pfoe,” she breathes as she finally reaches the top. For this slightly larger third generation, with a length of 4.95 m, the Reach Sports retains its emblematic silhouette forged by three disappearing lines, which amplify the dramatic side, in the theatrical sense, and which is further enhanced by the most captivating Florence Red color. Clean lines and well-hidden details. The new Range embodies a vision of modern luxury or the essence of minimalism and lightness, leaving behind superficial adornment. For example, all surfaces have been flattened and the joints have disappeared.

At the front, all technologies are harmoniously integrated into the grille, behind a black band, to enhance this sense of visual delight. At the rear, we notice the new continuous light signature, as well as the number plate that has been lowered to enhance the seat and the sportiness of the vehicle. But what fascinates us most is the meticulous work of the rear lights, observing the care and application in the tangle of LEDs arranged as a side.

Inside, the leather seats, which are now optional for environmental reasons, have been replaced with 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 the Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Gone are the plastics we knew before, and welcome to a ubiquity of forged carbon that houses a large central 13-inch touchscreen. Also very intriguing, the appearance of an active noise reduction system to filter road noise or friction from tires to make traveling on board more comfortable and listening to music more enjoyable, or for purists, enjoy listening to the sound of the engine. The little curiosity of this new Range Sport lies in the 15 Meridian speakers, camouflaged in the doors. So 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. That is James Corden who’s excited for the next rolling karaokes! The luxury on board can be seen in the adjustable, heated and ventilated seats, with a memory of 22 different setting parameters, with the massage function and headrest cushions. the new Range Rover Sport will be available in V8 twin-turbo 4.4 of 530 hp and 750 Nm, in 6-cylinder diesel of 250 and 350 hp, and in plug-in hybrid of 440 and 510 hp. They can drive up to 113 km electrically.

land rover already announces a . at Reach Sports in 2024 what will be 100% electric

The marketing date is slated for the end of 2022. That’s enough to make our mouths water at La Revue Automobile, and most importantly, to leave me with great frustration that I still haven’t been able to try this new Range Rover Sport, which looks the most promising.