June 02, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Range Rover Sport P400e HSE

The Complex Luxury Athlete

That small “e” at the end of the model name indicates that this is the Plug-In (PHEV) variant that has the extra full 50-kilometer EV range combined with an overachieving 2.0-liter instead of the P400 variant that uses a 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces a bit less power at 395 bhp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

Let’s face it, I think it is safe to say that we would all want to have a Range Rover in our garage. It is one of the most endearing and celebrated iconic brands in the whole automotive world. The 1st generation Range Rover Sports from 2005 to 2013 were great as Land Rover created a smaller and more dynamic model that was very competitive and desirable. The 2nd generation models from 2013 to the present exponentially improve on all the goodness of its predecessor while reinforcing its own unique characteristics. This time around, Land Rover customers and new buyers have so much more factory and distributor support but one aspect has not changed, the cost of entry. The entire Land Rover range is fabulous but they all come at challenging costs. However, the high prices are mostly justifiable as the Philippine distributor understands their customers very well and packages their retail models when the most standard equipment possible.

Take this incredible technological juggernaut, the fresh-faced 2021 Range Rover Sport P400e HSE plug-in hybrid. You will want for nothing but a bank loan. The Range Rover Sport looks like an Evoque on steroids and with longer deep-tissue dynamic training. Compared to before, as a reminder, the new model is 4 inches (100 mm) longer, on a 7-inches (178 mm) longer and more superior D7u chassis (shared with the Land Rover Discovery and larger Range Rover) that is lighter yet more rigid thanks to the generous amounts of high-grade alloy used combined with an all-aluminum monocoque body.

The Range Rover Sport looks like a powerful and purposeful mini-tank but with the athleticism of a professional dancer. Every thing inside and out feels tangibly fabulous and opulent with the assurance of very long service life. Purchasing a Range Rover is usually a life-time fulfillment that is passed on to the next generation. There are multiple variants and trim options available but this particular P400e unit leaves you wanting nothing more. This Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium turbocharged 2.0-liter works cleverly in conjunction with a 114-hp electric motor integrated into the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. With the 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sits under the rear cargo floor, the Range Rover Sport P400e HSE can, with a full charge, travel as long as 50 kilometers on pure EV. It will even allow a silent top speed of up to 136 km/h but you will obviously sacrifice range. It will drive like a “conventional” hybrid without the extra pure-EV range too. Aside from the regenerative brakes, the onboard computers will labor to keep the electrified Range Rover Sport running optimally while you enjoy every second in the cabin.

You can use a household 240-volt outlet as long as it is grounded properly and functions optimally with a 32-amp Level 2 connection which can give a full charge in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. In markets like North America, even the standard 110-120-volt outlet would work but it would take close to 14 long hours to charge a completely depleted battery. Thankfully the intelligent powerplant produces tremendous power to compensate for the substantial weight of the battery, the 567 bhp SVR model is actually about 30 pounds lighter than the P400e.

To learn all the features and technology on the P400e will take some time which is alright especially for their owners. The relationship between owner and vehicle only gets more enriched with the learning process. I absolutely love every detail on the powerhouse from the incredible audio system to the sensational LED lighting everywhere to the wonderful Windsor leather appointments to the red steering wheel paddleshifts. It is incredibly swift, agile, and super luxurious. It can do almost anything and go everywhere too. Yes, the price is staggering but that is also why it is a life-goal, nothing is short-changed, except perhaps that it is best used with no more than 4 adults and the owner better be at the helm.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Location Front, Longitudinal
Displacement 1997 cc
Cylinder Block Cast Aluminum
Cylinder Head Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, Atkinson-cycle, 48-Volt 114 hp (85kW) / 203 lb-ft Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 296 hp @ 5500 rpm (Combined power with EV: 398 bhp)
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 295 lb-ft @ 1500-4000 rpm (Combined torque with EV: 472 lb-ft)
Transmission 8-speed automatic, intelligent AWD System with 2-speed transfer box with electronic center differential

Engine

Suspension System Front: Independent double wishbone, electric air adaptive & self-levelling with active anti-roll bars; Rear: Independent multi-link electric air adaptive & self-levelling with active anti-roll bars
Brakes Front: 15-inch (380 mm) ventilated discs with 6-piston calipers; Rear: 14.4-inch (365 mm) vented discs with single piston calipers Integrated Electric Parking Brake, ABS, RSC, DSC, EBD, TSA, HDC. Terrain Response 2, All Terrain Progress Control
Wheels 21”x 9.5J Style 5085 Multi-spoke Aluminum Alloys
Tires P275/45R21 107Y Pirelli P Zero

Weight and dimensions

Length 4879 mm
Width 2073 mm
Height 1811 mm
Wheelbase (mm) 2923 mm
Curb Weight 2539 kg. (5586 lbs.)

Performance

Top Speed 220 km/h (138 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 6.6 seconds

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Capacity 91 liters (24 gallons)
Fuel Milage (km/l) 21 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway (49 MPGe overall, Pure EV range 50-kilometers)

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 9,490,000.00
What's Great Once an elusive dream. Magnificently desirable and capable. 825-watt 19-speaker Meridian infotainment system, long list of standard kit
What's Not So Price
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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