Bottom line: The Sport Supercharged is a motorized bauble for people in want of a bauble. There are many less expensive SUVs that can match it in off-road prowess. Know what you are shopping for — and why — when browsing in this market.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and acceleration are excellent. Handling, particularly for a sport-utility vehicle, gets a superior mark here.
Head-turning quotient: It has all of the appearance and value of royalty.
Body style/layout: The Sport Supercharged is a front-engine, permanent four-wheel-drive, mid-size sport-utility vehicle of aluminum panel and ladder-frame construction. It has four side doors and a rear hatch. It is available in two iterations, HSE and Supercharged.
Engine/transmission: The Sport Supercharged comes standard with a 5-liter, 32-valve, aluminum alloy gasoline V-8 with variable valve timing (510 horsepower, 461 pound-feet of torque). The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be shifted manually.
Capacities: Seats five people. Maximum cargo capacity is 71 cubic feet. Gasoline fuel capacity is 23 gallons. Premium grade is required.
Real world mileage: I averaged 16 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated brakes; four-wheel antilock brake protection; electronic stability and traction control; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; side and head air bags.
Price: The base price on the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged is $75,645 with a dealer’s invoice price of $68,837. Price as tested is $79,995 including $4,350 in options (electronic rear differential lock, piano black interior finish, premium sound system, rear camera, adaptive head lamps) and an $850 destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $73,137.