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All-new 2014 Range Rover Sport

Agility, performance and safety in spades

Toni Avery
Mar 28, 2013

The most agile and responsive Land Rover to date has made its world debut at the New York auto show, the 2014 Range Rover Sport. This Sport is 800 pounds lighter than the previous generation Sport thanks to a high strength aluminum structure. Not only does this weight reduction help to improve performance, agility and fuel economy also benefit. The previous Sport was composed of a steel unibody mounted on a full frame chassis.

Weight and size differences

Weight reduction is not the only added benefit to this new Sport. The length of the Sport is 191 inches long, which is short than most mid-sized sedans, but only 2.5 inches longer than its predecessor. Based on the 2013 Range Rover, it is 5.9 inches shorter, 2.17 inches lower and weighs 100 pounds less, creating a more agile car.

Interior and safety

The interior also received a significant adjustment with a 7 inch longer wheelbase creating .9 inches more knee room. Additionally, a 5+2 third row seat is available for occasional use, but when not in use the folded seats leave a flat floor.

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The Sport offers a more simplified control layout than before with 50% fewer switches. The main instrument cluster consists of clear analog gauges with a 5 inch TFT display. Available in higher specification models is a 12.3 inch display accompanied by an 8 inch display on the center console for secondary and infotainment use.

Also available are three Meridan audio systems ranging up to a 1700W Signature Reference system with 23 speakers and a subwoofer.

Capability to drive off-road has given this Range Rover superb body strength. The joints in the shell are riveted and bonded together using aerospace techniques. The strong shell of the Range is not only used for stability, but also safety along with the occupant safety package. This includes: driver and passenger airbags, side and thorax airbags which includes an extended curtain airbag that reaches the rear passengers, and front seat belts linked to emergency braking functions, which all results in superior safety for all passengers.

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Off-road technologies

Terrain Response 2 features an auto setting system that uses sophistication to analyze current driving conditions. Choosing the most optimal terrain is automatic for the Terrain Response 2, which chooses from: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. The system adapts the response of the engine, transmission, differentials and chassis systems to match environmental demands.

Complementing the Terrain Response system is the standard innovative driving aids which include: Hill Decent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Roll Stability Control (RSC).

Two transfer case systems are available, while one is standard. The standard system is 40 pounds lighter than the optional system and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential. Front to rear torque split is 42:58 providing rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics while maintaining off-road performance. The optional transfer case system is two-speed, low-range and features a front to rear toque split of 50:50. At speeds of up to 37 mph, the transfer case features a selectable high and low range with shift-on-the-fly capability.

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Engine and performance specs

Two engine configurations are available on the Sport including: 340 hp 3 liter supercharged V6 engine (0-60 in 6.9 seconds), and a 510 hp 5 liter supercharged V8 (0-60 in 5.0 seconds). Both engines come mated with an electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard Intelligent stop/start system reduces emissions and helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Range Rover Sport SE: $63,495 3 liter Supercharged V6 340 hp

Range Rover Sport HSE: $68,495 3 liter Supercharged V6 340 hp
Range Rover Sport Supercharged: $79,995 5 liter Supercharged V8 510 hp
Range Rover Sport Autobiography: $93,295 5 liter Supercharged V8 510 hp

By Toni Avery
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