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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Most Agile and Responsive Range To Date

Ezekiel Wheeler
Mar 26, 2013 SHARE
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On the eve of the 2013 New York Auto Show, the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport made its world debut against the backdrop of the iconic New York City skyline. Setting the tone for the oldest Auto Show in the United States.

Developed alongside the 2013 Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport delivers exceptional on-road dynamics with genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The technologically advanced Range Rover Sport presents an assertive and muscular exterior, luxurious interior, and the practical flexibility provided by the option of 5+2 third row seating for occasional use.

Featuring Land Rover's breakthrough suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Range Rover Sport features an all-new aluminum unibody architecture to achieve a weight savings of approximately 800lbs.

This weight reduction transforms the vehicle's dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort and to offer a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, engaging driving experience.

Speaking ahead of the official world premiere at the New York International Auto Show, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards said: "The all-new Range Rover Sport is a vehicle that has been designed and engineered without compromise. With Land Rover capability at its heart, it is one of the most road focused vehicles we've ever produced, but of course still offers unsurpassed all-terrain capability. It is a vehicle which is designed to be driven. We've taken ride, handling and agility to another level for Land Rover to deliver a truly rewarding, sporting, drive together with unmatched luxury, capability and versatility.

"Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities," adds Edwards.

The Sport has been designed to capture the distinctive DNA of its predecessor, but with a bold evolution that places it at the heart of the three-model Range Rover portfolio, between the flagship Range Rover and the Range Rover Evoque vehicles.

Powertrain
The 510hp 5.0L V8 supercharged engine retains its place at the pinnacle of the Range Rover Sport line-up. With significant reserves of power and torque, the scale of the performance on offer is reflected in the 0-60 time of 5.0s (0.9s faster than the previous model). The stunning performance is accompanied by a sporting soundtrack generated by a specially tuned exhaust system and sound symposer on the intake system.

The V8 has a compact all-aluminum design, with low levels of internal friction. The engine is managed by a new Bosch engine management system. High-pressure direct injection uses a centrally mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided injection system. Efficiency is further enhanced by a cam torque actuated, dual independent variable camshaft timing system. A sixth-generation, twin vortex system supercharger is fitted, which offers superior thermodynamic efficiency and extremely refined noise levels.

A new 340hp 3.0L V6 engine delivers generous torque throughout the rev range, delivering confident performance with outstanding refinement with improved efficiency. As a 90-degree engine based on the Land Rover 5-liter V8, the V6 features an innovative balance weight system to ensure exceptionally smooth and refined performance. With a weight reduction of about 800lbs., the new 340hp supercharged V6 Range Rover Sport is quicker than the previous model with its 375hp 5.0L V8, achieving the dash from 0-60 in 6.9s, a reduction of 0.3s. Enthusiastic drivers will also be pleased with a sporting engine note, emphasized by using a sound symposer on the intake system.

Both Range Rover Sport engines are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox, tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky-smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid responses and excellent fuel economy. With eight closely spaced ratios, gear changes are almost imperceptible, with each shift completed in just 200 milliseconds.

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Exterior Design
With its 'faster' windshield angle, streamlined profile and sloping roofline, the new Range Rover Sport is 8-percent more aerodynamic than the previous model and achieves a drag figure of Cd 0.34.

The 2014 Range Rover Sport is just 2.5-inches longer than its predecessor. At 191-inches, it is shorter than many mid-sized sedans, bringing greater maneuverability and ease of parking. A wheelbase that's longer by 7-inches yields greater room and improved access for rear passengers. The new 2014 Range Rover Sport is 5.9-inches shorter and 2.17-inches lower than the new 2013 Range Rover on which it is based. It weighs about 100lbs. less than the Range Rover when similarly equipped.

New interpretations of classic Range Rover Sport design cues include the signature clamshell hood, floating roof, and side fender vents. The vehicle also features bold new versions of the powerful wheel arch design, horizontal body feature lines and distinctive rocker moldings; all are key elements of the model's strong design heritage. While retaining the powerful Range Rover Sport character, the front end has a modern, streamlined appearance, with its slimmer lights, rearward sloping grille and sculpted corners.

Design details emphasize the new, more dynamic and contemporary character of the Range Rover Sport. The side fender vents have a more dynamic, sloping treatment and are matched by twin vents in the hood. The established Range Rover Sport two-bar theme is reflected in the twin strakes on the fender vents, the two-bar front grille and the twin lines in the tail lamp designs.

Near-flush side glass and a premium gloss black finish on the pillars accentuate the Range Rover floating roof design - which can be highlighted with contrast roof colors - while also emphasizing the streamlined body. Brembo brake calipers finished in red, and a Black Package, which removes all brightwork from the exterior, are also available.

At the front, the large outboard air intakes and bold trapezoidal shapes housing the central bumper beam and skid plate convey high-performance and high-capability. At the rear, a skid plate flanked by large twin exhaust outlets repeats the trapezoidal theme.

The headlight clusters use distinctive new LED signature designs, with the slimmer lights creating an aggressive, technical appearance. A new compact design for the real lamp clusters uses LED technology. The main tail and stop lamps echo the headlamps' distinctive design language. Both front and rear lamps flow round into the shoulders of the body with the distinctive tapering blade design featured on the other Range Rover vehicles.

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Interior
The interior has a sophisticated and modern appearance, incorporating distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues and providing the driver with a luxurious and sporting cockpit. For the new model, the strong, architectural forms of the design have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed using premium materials.

The centerpiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the instrument panel's strong horizontal elements and the center stack's vertical lines. The cockpit's dynamic character is enhanced by the faster angle of the center stack. Its satin chrome pillars flow from the instrument panel through into the rear cabin, and the aluminum accents flow from the center console into the dashboard fascia.

The center console is mounted higher than before, positioning the controls closer to the driver and creating a cosseting feel for the front occupants. The smaller-diameter, thicker-rimmed steering wheel, vertical gear shifter and seats with generous side bolsters support the sporting ambience.

The front and rear seats feature a sculpted design with enhanced padding to the front, and individualized seating in the second row. Increased rear seat comfort is provided by improved rear legroom (nearly an additional inch of knee room) and shoulder-room, plus split rear seats and the option of powered third-row seats. The third row is designed for occasional use, and power-folds flat into the floor to preserve cargo versatility.

The new Range Rover Sport is crafted using the highest quality materials, with carefully selected colors and textures to enhance the model's unique blend of luxury with a distinctive sporting character. The use of modern finishes and veneers gives the cabin a dynamic and contemporary feel.

More luxurious soft-touch surfaces are used for key touch points around the cabin, such as the dashboard fascia mid-section. Authentic metal details include the satin chrome pillars each side of the center stack and the choice of distinctive aluminum finishes on the center console, fascia caps and door trim.

The focus on quality and traditional craftsmanship can be seen in the beautifully tailored twin-needle stitching used to finish the sumptuous leather seats and leather-wrapped interior surfaces. Range Rover designers specify all aspects of the stitching, from the length and direction of the stitches, to the spin, thickness, and material of the thread, and even the size and shape of the needle.

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Personalization
For maximum personalization, the new Range Rover Sport offers individualized choices for customers. An expanded choice of special features includes color-themed interiors with multi-toned designs and a range of alloy wheels from 19- to 22-inches.

Selecting a 'Dynamic' pack on Supercharged and Autobiography models adds exclusive trim options and performance features, among them a gloss black grille and exterior details, body-colored lower bumpers and side sills, unique interior color themes and finishes, plus an increased top speed of 155 mph (250km/h) 2 for the supercharged 5-liter, special 21- or 22-inch alloy wheels, and red Brembo brake calipers.

The full range of design options available to Range Rover Sport customers will include:

  • 11 interior color themes, plus additional choice of seat color
  • 4 aluminum interior finishes, 3 real wood veneers
  • 3 headliner colors
  • 19 exterior paint finishes
  • 3 contrast roof colors - Corris Grey, Santorini Black or Indus Silver
  • Wheel options from ranging from 19-22 inches
  • Atlas Silver, Dark Atlas or Gloss Black finish for the exterior accents
  • Illuminated side sills

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Streamlined aerodynamics
The aerodynamic performance of the new Range Rover Sport was honed during an intensive development campaign using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools. Special aerodynamic innovations produced during development included:

  • Aerodynamic underfloor paneling - extensive paneling creates a smooth, flat profile under the vehicle. Additional deflectors have been added around the front and rear suspension components, with front and rear undertrays around the main driveline components.
  • Enhanced air flow - detail features to improve air flow include near-flush glazing on the A-pillars and vehicle side glass; separation edges incorporated in the rear lamps and D-pillars; optimized shaping of the door mirrors and upper rear spoiler. Special attention has also been given to water management on the vehicle, including a hydrophobic coating on the front side door glass to help keep it clear of droplets, roof panels shaped to avoid unwanted drips when the tailgate is opened and a rear washer/wiper designed to avoid annoying drips.

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Added comfort and convenience in every detail
Each aspect of the new Range Rover Sport has been meticulously refined with premium luxury in mind, with added comfort and convenience in every detail. New and enhanced features include:

  • Enhanced seating - high series models now offer 14-way power adjustable front seats with new features including climate control, adjustable bolsters and winged headrests. Rear seats now offer adjustable recline and climate control, with a 60/40 split, while the versatility of occasional 5+2 third-row seating can be specified as an option.
  • Premium infotainment - Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) package with twin video screens and a dedicated remote control, RSE systems are supplied with 'White Fire' infrared wireless digital headphones, giving CD quality sound.
  • Customer configurable mood lighting - sophisticated LED ambient lighting with variable colors that can be adjusted by the customer.
  • Powered tailgate - power operation using the remote control key fob, buttons on the tailgate, or from the driver's seat. Remote close from the key fob is a new feature.
  • Keyless entry and start system - Smart Key system enabling keyless entry and start.
  • Soft door close - for additional convenience, the new model is offered with power latching on all doors.
  • Power operated child locks - power operated child locks on the rear doors are fitted as standard.
  • Center Console Cooler - a generous cooler compartment in the front center console armrest is available as an option.
  • Heated front windshield/seats/steering wheel - for cold climates, the new model offers a heated windshield, plus individually adjustable heated front seats and steering wheel.

MSRP:

  • Range Rover Sport SE: $63,495 3.0L Supercharged V6 340hp
  • Range Rover Sport HSE: $68,495 3.0L Supercharged V6 340hp
  • Range Rover Sport Supercharged: $79,995 5.0L Supercharged V8 510hp
  • Range Rover Sport Autobiography: $93,295 5.0L Supercharged V8 510hp

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SPECS

Model: 3-Liter Supercharged V6 5-Liter Supercharged V8
Height mm (in) 1780 / 70.1
Width excl. wing mirrors / wing mirrors folded mm (in) 1983 (78.1) / 2073 (81.6)
Length mm (in) 4850 (191)
Wheelbase mm (in) 2923 (115.1)
Approach angle deg. 25.8 (standard height)
33.0 (off-road height)
Departure angle deg. 26.4 (standard height)
31.0 (off-road height)
Ramp breakover angle 20.6 (standard height)
27.0 (off-road height)
Wading depth mm (in) 850 (33.5)
Turning circle m (ft) 12.6 (41.3)
Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.37
Front suspension SLA suspension with twin lower links with air springs/CVD with Passive ARB or optional ARC SLA suspension with twin lower links with air springs/CVD with ARC
Rear suspension Integral link suspension with air springs/ CVD with Passive ARB or optional ARC Integral link suspension with air springs/ CVD with ARC
Brakes 350mm ventilated disc front / 350mm ventilated disc rear 380mm ventilated disc front / 365mm ventilated disc rear
Steering Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion
Four wheel drive system Permanent four-wheel drive with standard locking center differential & Terrain ResponseTM 2, Available locking rear axle differential.
Engine type Longitudinal / 90 degree V6 / 24 Valve Quad cam DIVCT (Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing) Longitudinal / 90 degree V8 / 32 Valve Quad cam DIVCT (Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing)
Displacement cc (cu.in) 2995 (182.8) 4999.7 (305.1)
Bore / Stroke mm (in) 84.5 / 89.0 (3.33 / 3.50) 92.5 / 93.0 (3.64 / 3.66)
Compression ratio: 1 10.5 9.5
Max Power US bhp 340 510
Max Torque Nm (lb ft) 450 (332) 625 (461)
Transmission ZF 8HP70 Eight Speed Automatic
Fuel tank capacity 105 liters (27.7 US gallons)

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