Kahn Design and Cosworth have finally presented their first baby: the Kahn Cosworth Sport 300 tuning program for the 2007 Range Rover Sport entry-luxury SUV. As usual, the upgrade package includes a remapped ECU module, as well as a set of new alloy wheels and lots of new plastic that turn a nice mud-plugger into a strictly street-bound rice rocket.
Both Kahn Design and Cosworth companies from the very beginning of their partnership promised to deliver a series of “truly sensational” cars, but, as you have probably already noticed, the first product of their collaboration doesn’t look sensational at all. Well, at least, all I see here is just another decent SUV plastered with lots of body-painted plastic.
Instead of delivering a useful product, guys from Kahn Design offer to equip the off-roader with a low-riding front spoiler, wider wheel arches and huge rear spoiler, finishing the picture with a set of 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
With all these ‘enhancements’, the good off-road vehicle gets transformed into a huge, fuel-guzzling station wagon you can’t even park in London.
Cosworth’s efforts fail to impress either.
Their tuning kit for the Range Rover’s TDV8 diesel engine gets its power output increased from 272bhp to 300bhp, slashing the vehicle’s 0 to 60mph acceleration time from 8.6 to below 8 seconds and increasing the top speed from 124mph to 135mph.
This is not bad at all but one would have expected more impressive figures from the “truly sensational” vehicle which is 35 per cent more expensive than the donor car.
Hell, for the £75,000 you can easily get a fully loaded 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35d sport activity coupe, which is also completely unsuitable for off-roading duties but is much, much better on the paved road.
And it takes only 6.9 seconds to reach 62mph and delivers a top speed of 147mph without any tuning efforts.
Photos: Project Kahn, Cosworth