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Published Date: 26/08/2016

Discovery Sport towing a train

The Discovery Sport has been one of Land Rover’s best-selling vehicles of the past year, thanks to its superb performance on and off-road, and excellent engine range that gives the driver both torque and power to go anywhere.

When the very first Discovery model was released 27 years ago, it pulled a series of train carriages in Plymouth to show off its 200Tdi diesel engine. In a repeat of that feat, the new Discovery Sport was fitted with railway track stabilisers and taken to Switzerland to perform the same trick again.

This time fitted with the 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, the Discovery Sport had 430Nm of torque from the 180PS unit and with the maximum 2,500kg towing weight well and truly smashed, as the three carriages weighed a total of 108 tonnes, so the Land Rover’s technologies were pushed to the limit.

Fitted as standard, the towing and traction features helped to keep the Discovery Sport on track with no problems with stability. The Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All Terrain Progress Control, which automatically manages the engine’s output and braking through a semi-autonomous system, allowed the driver to keep his eyes on the tracks ahead and focus on the 10km journey.

In this impressive feat, the Discovery Sport crossed the historic Hemishofen steel bridge in Switzerland, which stands 85 feet above the valley floor and spans the Rhein River. It was no trouble for the Discovery Sport and it took the entire journey in its stride.

The Discovery Sport is on sale from £31,095 and to find out more about the range, contact your nearest Hunters Land Rover retailer.

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