Road test report: Kahn Design Vesuvius edition range rover sport
23rd Feb 2012
Name one single designer in the world of Land Rover and you will easily come up with the name of the UK specialist Kahn Design. CEO and founder Afzal Kahn is known for his Range Rover, Rolls-Royce and Bentley programs, which meant it was time for us to experience one of those creations in the form of a 2012 Range Rover Sport dressed in Vesuvius Orange.
In front of the headquarters we were handed the keys to a Kahn Design Vesuvius Edition Range Rover Sport powered by 3.0 SDV6 HSE diesel engine. A diesel so not our first choice, but an SUV we had not driven before. Packed with every single exterior and interior option available from the list we positioned ourselves behind the steering wheel of the 2012 model Range Rover and headed into the British countryside near Bradford.
The 2012 model-year Range Rover Sport has a range of upgrades including enhancements to the performance, fuel economy and gear ratios. It also received new exterior and interior colors, an upgraded audio and infotainment system with the new generation\'s seven-inch touchscreen that features the Dual View Technology and rear-seat entertainment with screens mounted in the front headrests.
The 3.0 liter SDV6 diesel engine in our test car produced an improved 256hp at 4,000rpm with maximum torque of 600Nm at 2,000rpm. The engine uses a parallel sequential turbocharging system improving the throttle response with a maximum torque already available from only 2,000rpm. The 3.0 liter diesel delivers 500Nm in only 500 milliseconds from idle. This means we had instantaneous access to 83 percent of maximum torque in the lower rev ranges, which was felt from the moment you hit the throttle.
The engine is linked to the new ZF 8HP70, eight-speed automatic gearbox, offering smooth shifts and improved fuel economy. The gearbox has brains too. In hot conditions it selects a lower gear to run the engine and air conditioning pumps faster to cool down the cabin quickly. In cold conditions it runs the engine faster to reduce warm-up time and emissions. The new 2012 Range Rover Sport SDV6 has been equipped with the Drive Select rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Kahn added his personal luxury touch to the surface of the round gear shift button.
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