What the hell was I doing spending my Christmas watching Adele being fawned over by Graham Norton? Well, I wasn't going out. No white Christmas for me. Rather, plenty of opportunity to demonstrate the Sport's 850mm wading depth, if I'd felt sufficiently tactless to explore this ability. I did wonder if a little Christmas cheer could be brought to the residents of Hebden Bridge by getting a £100K Range Rover conspicuously swamped in the town square. But decided against it.
Hence plumbing the depths of the seasonal TV schedules. And facing the fact my view of Adele actually mirrors that I have toward the SVR.
It's just a quality product at the end of the day, one blessed with above average talent and charisma. But before I got chance to really enjoy this revelation it was once again taken from my grasp for another public event, in this instance hauling gear for the PistonHeads stand at Autosport before taking pride of place on it.
As you read this I'll be back behind the wheel and enjoying a rather exciting and PH-relevant exploration of its true talents. Ones based around the hopefully exciting things that can be achieved with a 550hp V8, torque vectoring diffs and a loose surface. More on this in due course. But if this is what confronting your prejudices involves I'm man enough.
I'll draw the line at letting Adele put the £4K Meridian speakers to the ultimate test though.
Car: Range Rover SVR
Run by: Dan
On fleet since: November 2015
List price new: £106,635 (Basic list of £95,150 plus £450 for Solar Attenuating Windscreen with Laminated Hydrophobic Front, Rear Door and Quarter Light Glass, £600 for 8 inch High Resolution Touch-screen with Dual-View (includes one set of WhiteFire headphones), £4,000 for Meridian Signature Reference Audio System (1700W) with radio and single slot CD player, MP3 disc, file compatability and conversation assist with 23 speakers and subwoofer, Contrast Painted Roof - Santorini Black, Sliding Panoramic Roof including Powered Blind, £185 for Adjustable, Auto-dimming, Heated, Powerfold Memory Exterior Mirrors with Approach Lamps (approach lamps include illuminated Range Rover graphic), £700 for Surround Camera System with Towing Assist, £750 for Wade SensingTM with Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection, £600 for Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning, £1,000 for Head Up Display, £900 for Park Assist featuring Parallel Park, Parking Exit, Perpendicular Parking and 360° Park Distance Control, £1,500 for SVR Carbon Fibre Engine Cover and £800 for Digital TV)
Last month at a glance: Hello from the other side as Dan's SVR is 'borrowed' once more
Photos: Ben Lowden (NEC shots) and Chris Teagles