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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Welly 1:24 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport




Welly is no stranger to SUV's as I have profiled here on my blog there are lots out there from a small Ford Escape to a Range Rover.  For 2015 Welly created the new Range Rover Sport with sleeker styling that is much more sportier than the previous generation.  Let's see how well Welly (no pun intended) has executed this SUV.






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Back in 2004 Land Rover was looking for a way to make a more entry-level Range Rover that was smaller, lighter, and stylish than the traditional Range Rover.  The response was the Range Stormer concept that previewed the upcoming Range Rover Sport.  However, when the final vehicle appeared in 2005 the look was, well, traditional boxy SUV despite the lighter and smaller size.  For the second-generation Land Rover finally went for a more sportier look to the Sport model with sleeker lines than the standard Range Rover.  Heck, even Land Rover is offering a high-performance SVR model as well!  Even with all of this talk about performance it is still a practical SUV with seating for five people and Terrain Response system to adjust the SUV to either street or off-road mode.  The engine's are now shared with partner Jaguar and consist of a 5.0L DOHC supercharged V8 that makes 500 horsepower through a 7-speed automatic transmission.





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Out of the two that Welly offers get the orange one shown here for a more attention-getting SUV over the white.  The roof, including the pillars, are blacked out and also offer a panoramic sunroof for a sleek look.  The front has slim headlights that are just like the larger Rover with mesh grille, Range Rover letters on the hood, and lower bumper with center black trim and LED foglights.  The hood has vents that expel to the side front fender vents and double 5-spoke wheels with detailed brake calipers and rotors.  The rear has a more Evoque look with slimmer taillights, rear spoiler, Range Rover badges, and a lower bumper in black with dual exhaust tips.  The look is sporty, but at the same time it is boxy from some angles and in others there's a lack of character.  When you open the hood you are greeted to an engine cover.  Nice.  Only  the dual airboxes and strut towers (I tried to match the color of the exterior paint here to match the real vehicle) are the only standouts here.  Lame.






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The base underneath, despite front skidplates, still has lots of detailing so I made them more noticeable with silver details.  The front shows the slim control arm suspension, while the rear has beefy control arms, rear differential, and dual exhausts.  Inside the dashboard is nice and clean with an angle look typical of Range Rover models.  Now my tester originally had windows up on the front doors, but when I had to glue back the stubborn driver's side mirror that fell off some of the glue got on the driver's side window and would not come off.  The remedy was to remove the window, so both front windows were removed.  There is really not much to see from the touch screen, though the other controls are dials that are mounted below and just ahead of the shifter on the console.  The front seats are nicely bolstered for a sport SUV and look great, while the rear seat is more shaped for just two people.  The cargo area looks inviting, too bad the rear hatch does not open.  The 4-spoke steering wheel is nicely done, but the digital gauges look lifeless.  Compared to the 2003 Range Rover that I reviewed last year at least that one had more detailing inside and out with lots of fine details for your eyes to enjoy.  This new Range Rover Sport, despite the sporty look and flashy color, seems rather dull in some areas.








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