6 April 2005

Land Rover's sports-oriented Range Rover Sport has arrived and, this week, you can find out how good it really is. Over a year in coming, the new baby Range has BMW's popular X5 and Porsche's blistering Cayenne Turbo in its sights and, in the the latest edition on Autocar, not only can you read our first driving impressions of the supercharged Land Rover, but also our fast 4x4 group test.

Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel delivers Autocar's opening thoughts on the car, in our four page first drive. 'It was always going to be interesting to see how Land Rover would create a car that was both sporting in nature and utterly true to the Land Rover brand,' he writes. 'The result is not perfect, but as a whole it is charming, capable, sporting and, above all, a Land Rover from bumper to bumper.'

The real test of the new Land Rover, however, comes on the proceeding pages, where editor-at-large Steve Sutcliffe measures the 390bhp Range Rover against BMW's 360bhp X5 4.8iS and Porsche's 444bhp Cayenne Turbo. 'Finally, the moment we've been waiting for,' he writes. 'This is one of those rare occasions that needs no justification; the new Range Rover Sport looks fantastic. But then so does the new BMW X5 4.8iS, and in Turbo guise even the Porsche Cayenne has its moments. This is going to be one hell of a showdown.' Get your first impressions of the Range Rover Sport this week, in Autocar

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