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We’d like to introduce you to the 2016 Range Rover Sport TD6. A highly refined diesel variant of the Range Rover sport that stands up to the gasoline version in nearly every way, while surpassing it in a few areas. It’s a truly rugged vehicle that should be considered by someone looking for a mix of power, performance, luxury and efficiency.
Nobody Knew it Was Diesel
Land Rover had a group of people test out the Range Rover Sport TD6 in a blind test setting and not one of the drivers was able to identify that the vehicle was a diesel model at all. That’s pretty shocking news, and something that future buyers should take note of. Even well-made diesels today have some characteristics that give them away a bit. For instance, most of the modern diesels are still quite a bit louder than your standard gasoline engine, according to all the testers who took the TD6 out for a drive, this isn’t so with the Range Rover model.
Land Rover went to a great deal of trouble to make the Range Rover Sport TD6 as quiet as possible. The engine block is composed of compacted graphite iron, that helps reduce the vibration from the engine noticeably. A series of engine mounts help to smooth the engine further and a specially designed acoustic windshield that’s been laminated for additional soundproofing is also in place to make the cabin quieter overall. While driving at highway speeds the engine is nearly inaudible, and another surprising thing is that the sound proofing doesn’t just help on the inside of the vehicle. Walk around the Range Rover Sport TD6 while it’s running and you’ll barely hearing the humming engine below.
Tough Offroad Prowess
If you’re crazy enough to take this 60K+ luxury vehicle to more rugged terrain, you’ll be very happy with the performance it puts out. This SUV can tackle steep ascents and descents with ease. It has plenty of ground clearance to get you over even the most uneven terrain, and you’ll love bringing it camping, or anywhere else that takes you off the beaten path a bit.
Light on its Feet
The Range Rover Sport TD6 weighs in at around 5,000 lbs, and it still manages to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 7.1 seconds. that’s very quick, and it’s clear the vehicle is packing some serious power as soon as you step on the pedal. That’s thanks to the TD6 engine that offers 254 HP and a massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s just a touch slower than the gasoline version, and zips past other vehicles gleefully while out on the open highway. The Rover manages 25 MPG combined, and achieves a whopping 28 MPG in highway driving conditions.
Inside the Range Rover Sport TD6 you’ll be treated to a luxurious view that you would expect from any Land Rover vehicle. Supple leather coats the highly supportive seats both front and back. Fine wood and soft touch accents abound throughout the cabin. A competent media system sits above the center console and a range of cool feature are available through buttons right on that console.
The market for a Range Rover Sport is markedly limited, which is to be expected with the massive price tag that comes with it, but any buyer that decides on the TD6 variant is likely to be overjoyed with the performance. It’s a real treat to drive, and likely one of the most refined diesel models on the market today.