THE all-new Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world last week in New York, is the “fastest, most agile and
THE all-new Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world last week in New York, is the “fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever” according to its makers. The Manhattan skyline was the perfect backdrop for this world première as more Range Rover Sports are sold in the United States than any other global market.
The new Range Rover Sport now delivers the brand’s best-ever on-road dynamics together with genuine all-terrain capability. The new, technology-packed Sport, says Land Rover, “presents customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating”.
Exploiting Land Rover’s breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Sport’s all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg. This transforms the vehicle’s performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience, along with CO2 emissions reduced to 194g/km.
The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the all-new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less. The re-engineered air suspension system with its new +35mm intermediate setting means that the off-road mode can remain available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h), which is valuable in terrain with long, rutted dirt roads.
The electric power steering is characterised by a lighter, more direct steering feel. A choice of two full-time 4WD systems will be offered. One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option, for the most demanding off-road conditions with a front-rear 50/50 per cent default torque split, and 100 per cent locking capability. At launch, Sport customers will have a choice of two engines — a supercharged 5-litre 510PS V8 petrol engine and a 3-litre 292PS SDV6 diesel engine. The powertrain line-up will be expanded in early 2014 by the addition of a 3-litre 258PS TDV6 and high-performance 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel engine. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model will be available to order in 2014.
All models are fitted with an advanced intelligent Stop/Start system which improves fuel consumption.