Thoroughly redesigned, the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport captures the distinctive design DNA of its predecessor and employs a host of new design, mechanical and technological updates to deliver a sleeker, more off-road capable and more powerful SUV.
Looking more like a larger Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport is 55 mm (2.1 inches) wider, 62 mm (2.44 inches) longer and has a 178 mm (7 inches) longer wheelbase than its predecessor. That of course means more room for occupants, with Land Rover going as far as to offer power-operated third-row seating.
A ‘faster’ windscreen angle, streamlined profile and sloping roofline help make the SUV 8 percent more aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.34, while its sophisticated yet modern interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues and employs top quality materials. The centre console is mounted higher, positioning the controls closer to the driver and creating a more cocooning sensation.
Some tech features include an optional color Head-Up Display (HUD), a digital camera system that supports three driver assistance features (Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist) and a new Wade Sensing feature that provide the driver with information when driving through water.
In making the new Sport “the fastest, most agile and most responsive Land Rover ever,” Land Rover’s engineers employed 75 percent unique parts to make the rugged SUV 45 kg (99 pounds) lighter than the regular Range Rover. This includes a fully-independent, lightweight aluminum suspension with double-wishbones at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear.
The latest-gen air suspension provides up to 115 mm (4.5 inches) of regular ride height, while an automatic extension (triggered by sensors) and a manually selected extension both raise the Sport to a maximum 185 mm (7.3 inches). The system works together with an all-new electric power steering that offers a choice of two full-time 4WD systems, one providing a two-speed transfer case with low-range option for the most demanding off-road conditions and the other featuring an all-new single-speed transfer with a Torsen differential.
North American buyers will be offered two gasoline engines, a 335 horsepower (340 PS) 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and a 503-hp (510PS) 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Their European counterparts, on the other hand, get a larger selection — a 503-hp (510 PS) 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol and a 288-hp (292 PS) 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel unit will be offered from day one, with a 255-hp (258 PS) 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel and a 334-hp (339P S) 4.4-liter SDV8 diesel joining them later on. A diesel hybrid model will also be available.
All engines use a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport will have a starting price of $63,495 in the U.S., with prices jumping all the way up to $93,295 for a fully-loaded model.