Range Sport gets V8 diesel for Christmas
22 August 2006

We know it’s only August, but it could be time to start writing that letter to Santa Claus… The new Range Rover Sport TDV8 is on its way, and will be here in time for Christmas.

The Sport TDV8 uses the same 3.6-litre V8 as the forthcoming Range Rover TDV8, which goes on sale a month earlier. That means it packs 268bhp and a huge 472lb ft, propelling the Sport to 60mph in 8.6sec – just 1.4sec slower than the supercharged 4.2 V8 petrol car.

But while the TDV8 borrows much from its supercharged sibling, including 360mm front brake discs and calipers, front wing vents and mesh-style titanium-coloured grille, its 25.5mpg average fuel consumption is much improved on the 17.8mpg of the petrol car.

Still, you’ll have to have been very good this year if you want Santa to bring you one: prices are expected to start at around £53,000.

Our Verdict

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