Range Rover says its new Sport model is its ‘fastest, most agile, most responsive Land Rover ever’.
Those are big words and the new Range Rover Sport completes three-model Range Rover portfolio in a very impressive fashion.
There’s no doubt that the Range Rover Sport is superbly crafted, luxurious and has a more flexible interior with new 5+2 seating option.
It’s also got on-road dynamics coupled with world’s best all-terrain performance to help give the Range Rover Sport its unrivalled breadth of capability.
Drivers will find the car has impeccable composure and refinement which delivers exceptional ride comfort.
Incredibly the engineers at Land Rover have managed to lose around 420kg in weight for the version with the TDV6 engine and, at the same time, improve agility and performance with 15 per cent better CO2 reduction (to 194g/km) and improved fuel economy.
Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-60mph dash start from five seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by up to 24 percent – depending on model.
The Range Rover Sport has a premium chassis and lightweight aluminium architecture and, along with most other car makers now, there’s a customer-focused technology package which is debuting Land Rover’s ‘connected car’ suite of technologies.
The new Range Rover Sport has been unveiled in New York at the International Auto Show as the world’s ‘ultimate premium sports SUV’.
The US is the biggest market for Range Rovers – and New York is the model’s best-selling city.
To maximise personalisation, customers will be offered a choice of wheel designs ranging through 19-, 20-, 21- and 22-inches in diameter including the iconic ‘Viper’s Nest’ wheel design, now available for the first time across all Range Rover models.
There are two engine choices from launch for the Range Rover Sport, with a new Hybrid and two further diesel engines to follow. Initially, they are a supercharged 5.0 litre 510PS V8 petrol engine and a 3.0 litre 292PS SDV6 diesel engine.
All petrol and diesel engines in the new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Next year will see an additional 3.0 litre 258PS TDV6 and high performance 4.4 litre 339PS SDV8 diesel engine. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model will be produced.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new Range Rover Sport will be produced in a state-of-the-art low-energy manufacturing facility in Solihull and it will be sold in 169 countries.
The car goes on sale later this year and there are no prices being disclosed yet – though buyers should be looking at £50,000 – though leasing the new Range Rover Sport is going to be a cost-effective way of owning one.