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2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged

A Smaller, Sportier Range Rover

A three-quarter front view of an orange 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged

In short: A fun, sporty and luxurious performance SUV.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged Review

A view of the 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged's front grill
A view of the engine in the 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
An interior view of the 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged

The Range Rover has long been considered the Queen of SUVs with all its idiosyncrasies. Made better and more reliable over the years, it has become a status symbol and a reward for successful people. Why? Because it is an expensive automobile. However, this new derivative costs less than the flagship car and comes with beaucoup power thanks to its 390 horsepower supercharged engine from its Jaguar cousin.

The overall looks are similar to the traditional Range Rover, but the car is actually smaller and possibly more maneuverable. It even packs in a bunch of electronics and safety features. Probably the best thing the RSS has going for it is the combination of transmission, gearbox and ride controls... if you are going to use them to their full potential. Land Rover incorporates a unique patented Dynamic Response system that eliminates roll at low cornering speeds and reduces the possibility at higher speeds. The transmission modes are automatic, sport or Command Shift. Should you plan to be away from the pavement, you can select from five distinct modes: general, grass-gravel-snow, mud-ruts, sand and rock-gravel. This Terrain Response system came over from the LR3.

There is air suspension to add to the comfort level (as well on loading/unloading), a serious touch screen DVD Navigation package with off-road navigation, parking assist, dynamic stability control, hill descent control, a killer 550-watt, 13-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system and Homelink to mention a few whiz-bangs. As well, our tester came with a rear seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, Sirius satellite radio and rear differential lock.

A three-quarter rear view of an orange 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, Land Rover 24-hour road vehicle recovery service; six-year/unlimited mileage corrosion limited warranty.

Base Price: $56,085 / As Tested: $75,150

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, four-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door SUV

Engine: 4.2-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower: 390 bhp @ 5750 rpm
Torque: 410 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 5,671 lbs
Wheelbase: 108 in
188.5/75.9/71.5 in
Turning circle: 38.1 ft

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
independent front and rear, electronic air suspension
four-wheel drive, traction control, vehicle stability control, limited slip differential, optional locking differential

Safety: front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags

0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
Top Speed: 141 mph (governed)

EPA City: 13 mpg
EPA Highway: 18 mpg

Likes: feel of luxury and sport;outstanding off-road capabilities; electronics

Dislikes: price; classic design; gas mileage; needs more room in back; no power steering wheel adjustment

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(Updated: 09/25/13 NW)

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