Sydney, Australia, 7th January 2015, - The Range Rover Sport SDV8 has been named as 4x4 Australia magazine’s 2015 4x4 Of The Year, just edging out the Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SCV6 in the overall results.
The Range Rover Sport tested is powered by a 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel, developing 250kW and a massive 700Nm torque, the sequential turbo-diesel powertrain delivers uncompromising performance and drivability in real world conditions.
The judges were all impressed with the Range Rover Sport’s extraordinary breadth of capability, commenting that it combines all the attributes of a luxury wagon, a high performance sports car and an unstoppable 4WD.
“You just can’t go past the SDV8’s intoxicating mix of performance, economy and refinement” - 4X4 Australia
“The standout feature of the Range Rover Sport is that not only does it have the refinement and features of a luxury car and the on-road performance of a grand touring saloon, at the end of our week of road testing, the Rangie nailed the toughest off road stages better than any other finalist vehicle. The SDV8 is a car that does it all and does it well”. Matt Raudonikis – 4x4 Australia
“Range Rover Sport – Wow! On the road the Sport is one of the best handling and most comfortable touring wagons ever built, yet at the flick of a switch it transforms into an extremely capable off-roader. Oh, and that twin-turbo diesel V8… simply amazing.” - Dean Mellor - 4x4 Australia
“The Range Rover Sport SDV8 has an astonishing depth and breadth of ability. In one vehicle you have a rugged, go-anywhere 4x4, a luxurious limousine and a potent sports car. There's nothing quite like it anywhere on the planet - Fraser Stronach – 4x4 Australia
The Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. The lightweight aluminum suspension is fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
Coming in a close second, just one point behind the Range Rover Sport was Land Rover’s Discovery 3.0 supercharged petrol V6 (SCV6), which performed extremely highly against all test criteria.
“If you think Land Rover's iconic Discovery is poorer for the loss of its petrol V8, you'd be wrong. The supercharged V6 that comes in its place offers an intoxicating blend of flexible performance and superb refinement.” - Fraser Stronach, 4x4 Australia
All finalists are rated against set criteria over 2000kms of road, tracks and soft sand. The test criteria includes - value for money, breaking ground/advanced technology, built tough, ‘bushability’ and the ability to do the job as it is intended.