Jaguar Land Rover certainly made a splash with the global launch of the new Range Rover Sport.
Their luxury performance SUV avoided a dangerous fall and braved a torrent of water to celebrate its daring world premiere.
It completed the hair-raising ascent of a 193 m high Icelandic dam spillway against a torrent of water flowing at 750 tons per minute. Sounds like you wouldn’t bother coming home in Irish water conditions, right?
The brand says the car has “mastered the Karahnjukar Dam after conquering Iceland’s volcanic landscape, rock climbs and flooded tunnels”.
James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins took the wheel, risking a steep fall at the bottom of the spillway to reach the summit.
The spillway climb up the dam was the final obstacle in the journey from the valley floor to the dam’s summit. It included a flooded riverbed, the hydroelectric power station’s concrete tunnels, and the rocky dam itself.
The final 294m section of the overflow channel climbs 40 degrees and climbs 193m, with water cascading down to test traction and rider confidence.
I wonder if they’ll try again when the car gets its all-electric powertrain – which they revealed in 2024? Or will they do something even more daring? After all, they are known for their spectacular, adventurous starts.
The new car is expected here in the autumn but will be previewed over the summer. At launch, there will be 6-cylinder, 48-volt mild hybrid Ingenium petrol and diesel engines and a new 530PS twin-turbo V8.
Crucially, the range of powertrains will include two electric 6-cylinder hybrid plug-ins with extended range, which they claim can cover an all-electric driving distance of up to 113km – with CO2 emissions of just 18g/km1.
Launch’s electric hybrid pumps out 510hp and they say that in the real world that means a total of 740km without having to fill up, thanks; its CO2 emissions are just 18 g/km1.
The new V8 Twin Turbo with 530 hp accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds) with Dynamic Launch activated.
There’s a high level of technology on board, as you’d expect from the brand. The new Sport gets dynamic air suspension with switchable volume air springs, while active two-valve dampers ensure agility and control.
The so-called Stormer Handling Pack combines all-wheel steering, dynamic response, electronic active differential with torque vectoring. Like I said… lots of tech stuff.
And in a spacious cabin there’s a floating 13.1-inch Pivi Pro haptic touchscreen, as well as a 13.7-inch interactive driver display.
Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control makes its debut on this new Range Rover Sport, helping you navigate difficult terrain.
There are four comfort settings and the system intelligently adjusts speed so you can focus on steering. It’s amazing what off-road adaptive cruise control can do.
The powerful electric vehicle architecture (EVA 2.0) supports an ecosystem of connected technologies, including Software Over the Air (SOTA).
And the technology provides remote updates for 63 electronic modules, ensuring they are always up to date.
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