The all-new Range Rover Sport was revealed in South Africa in early November. Boasting a brand new assertive and muscular exterior, coupled with a seemingly luxurious interior, the new Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is essentially a whole new set of metal.
With all sorts of improvements to weight, engines, suspension, chassis, and the like, the Range Rover Sport is said to be made up of 75 percent different parts to the standard Range Rover.
According to Kevin Flynn, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover for South, the “[g]round-breaking construction which sees the all-new Range Rover Sport tip the scales massively lighter than its predecessor brings benefits in a number of areas; including emissions, fuel consumption, acceleration, braking and handling.
“Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the all-new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities,” added Flynn.
Keeping the above in mind, the new SUV has an aluminium base that saves 420kg of weight, whereby CO2 emissions can be as low as 209g/km–and this can be attributed to the 8 percent more aerodynamic body.
The exterior of the Range Rover Sport tallies in at 4850mm, which is 62mm longer than the previous model. The wheelbase is 178mm longer, allowing for greater space in the interior. Despite the fact that it is larger than its predecessor, the Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the standard Range Rover unit.
To complement the exterior design, customers will be able to choose wheels ranging in 20-, 21-, and 22-inches in diameter.
Moving away from cosmetic changes, the SUV will offer two different four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems. The first one is a two-speed transfer case with low-range options for off-road situations. This unit will have a 50/50 default torque split with a 100 percent locking capability.
The other option is an 18kg lighter alternative with a single-speed transfer case. This unit has been designed to transfer the torque to the axle with the most grip. The default torque split, however, is 42/58 percent.
Power for the Range Rover Sport is available in three different variations: the first two units are supercharged–a 5.0-litre 375kW V8 with 625Nm of torque and a 3.0-litre 250kW V6 with 450Nm of torque. The third option is a diesel powered motor with a 3.0-litre V6 displacement churning out 215kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Each one of these units is coupled with an electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The range-topping 5.0-litre V8 Range Rover Sport will be able to achieve a 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.
In the interior of the vehicle, Range Rover have added a smaller diameter, thicker steering wheel; vertical gear shifter; higher centre console; configurable mood lighting; and more “generous” seat bolsters. There will be 24mm more knee room for rear-seat occupants.
On the features side of things, Range Rover has added Adaptive Dynamics with continuously variable dampers, and on more powerful models, a dedicated Dynamic mode. This system is combined with twin-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking, which transfers torque to the outside wheels during cornering, reducing understeer.
There is also a digital camera system which supports driver assistance.
Pricing for the new Range Rover Sport seems to be far from modest, as it starts at R824,500–with the flagship V8 Supercharged HSE Dynamic costing approximately R1,263,600.