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
Interior and safety
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.
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.
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.
Engine and performance specs
Range Rover Sport SE: $63,495 3 liter Supercharged V6 340 hp