When Land Rover unveiled the all-new Range Rover Sport we knew right away that its main target was to be the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Okay, so we know that these two models have been going at it for several years now, but how do these two new models compare?
Well, this is the big question, one that we would all love to know, and thankfully someone might be able to answer that very question in the video you see above. Autocar decided to take these sportier SUVs on and off-road, with the biggest showdown, taking place at the famous UK racing circuit of Brandshatch.
Both models share one thing in common; they aim to be the sportiest SUV on the market, and it’s clear from the start that the Cayenne Turbo is a beast of a car on a straight line, although with being a larger vehicle it can become a bit of a handful to control.
Having said that, the handling and grip is far better than you would imagine from an SUV, which is a different story for the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8, as the driver in the video suggests it’s more like a ship at sea, but some of this could be down to the tires, as they do not have as much grip as its Porsche counterpart.
The overall problem is that while the Range Rover Sport is just a couple of hundred pounds heavier than the Cayenne, it feels around a ton more, which will certainly have an effect on its driving capabilities. In a head-to-head shootout, the Porsche is a far better SUV than the Ranger Rover Sport around Brandshatch.
However, it’s not all about race track performance, as off-road is another key area, and if you think that the Range Rover will take the win in this area, then you are in for a shock, which you’ll see in the video.