In 2015, the gents across the pond brought over two new options for Americans wanting luxury SUVs with diesels, the Range Rover Td6 and Range Rover Sport Td6. TFL recently got our hands on a Sport Td6, the first time since TFL’s initial first drive review of the vehicle in Sedona, AZ. During that initial drive event, reps from the company were more than eager to show off the Range Rover’s exceptional off-roading capabilities (watch that video here). So when we got our pearly white RR Sport the natural thing to do was put it through TFL’s standard off-road test, Gold Mine Hill.
One major difference exists, however, between the dirt trails of Arizona and a snow-covered Gold Mine Hill: lots and lots of snow. As you might guess, the stock tires that came on the RR Sport were more suited for Beverly Hills than the hills of the Rocky Mountains in February.
The Range Rover Sport Td6 comes with an 8-speed automatic a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 that makes 254 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. This is good for a claimed 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. These numbers are respectable, but they don’t add up to a hill of beans if you can’t get any traction. In this episode of Raptor Rescue, watch Roman get himself into a slippery situation, see how little an “M+S” designation on a set of tires can actually mean, and learn how to make the perfect snow angel. Luckily, the Raptor is never too far away.