Land Rover's much-mooted fifth model, the Range Rover Sport, promises sufficiently impressive performance and dynamics to give fans of fast 4x4s like Porsche's Cayenne and BMW's X5 something serious to think about this coming spring. That promise has so far been enough to tempt some 1250 UK residents to put down deposits, according to Land Rover's dealers. This week, Autocar samples the car that growing number will be taking delivery of.

In our exclusive story, executive editor Richard Bremner gets on board the 385bhp Land Rover and is shown its talents by a man well-versed in them - Jaguar's chief test driver Mike Cross. 'It isn't hard to understand the kind of car this is,' Bremner writes. 'There's considerable satisfaction to be had from sitting so high, and charging to hard, even if the physics of it all are mildly foolish.'

You've seen how it looks, and read how it's designed; now find out how it feels this week in Autocar

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