The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has hit the Australian market this week, priced from $102,800.
There’s plenty of emphasis on performance here, with the new Sport now more aerodynamic and more powerful than ever. It's also been put through a weight-loss diet worthy of any reality TV show.
Around 420kg have been shed from the new model, thanks mainly to the all-aluminium body.
"The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate premium SUV,” Land Rover’s Gerry McGovern said.
“With its sleeker, more aerodynamic body, lower roof, sloping roofline and reduced weight, it matches and even outperforms its Range Rover sister vehicle in some areas. It truly justifies the 'S' in SUV.”
There are plenty of engine options in the new Range Rover Sport, and expect a diesel-electric hybrid to join the line-up later in the year.
The new RR Sport will eventually offer no less than six engine options. All will use an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Land Rover says that the weight saving over the old model has led to an improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The carmaker also says the Sport is now so light that a future four-cylinder petrol engined option is not out of the question. If it happens, that would be engine option number seven.
The range of petrol engines includes the all-new 250kW 3.0 litre supercharged V6 – which Land Rover says will outperform its outgoing 5.0 litre V8 – along with a 375kW supercharged V8.
The V8 can achieve 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds (0.9 seconds better than the previous model), while the supercharged V6 is no slouch either, with a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds.
Fuel consumption for the petrol models is listed at 11.3 and 13.8 l/100km respectively.
Three diesel engines will be available initially, including two 3.0 litre turbo V6 units along with a turbo V8.
The TDV6 has 190kW while the SDV6 lifts power to 215kW. Both have a healthy 600Nm of torque, and the SDV6 can even match the supercharged V6 petrol 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds. The TDV6 is just 0.4 seconds slower.
If this isn’t enough, the 4.4 litre turbo-diesel SDV8 could be available from 2014, boasting 250kW of power and an enormous 700Nm of torque. The SDV8 achieves 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.
Fuel consumption for the two available diesel models is listed at 7.3 and 7.5 l/100km respectively.
A fourth diesel option will join the line-up later this year, and it threatens to make the other diesel options look substandard.
The new diesel-electric hybrid unit promises vastly improved fuel economy and should have a faster 0-100km/h time than any of the other three Range Rover Sport diesels.
No power, economy, or price details are known at this stage, but the diesel-electric hybrid Sport will definitely be one to watch.
It all comes to a stop with six-piston lightweight Brembo front calipers and either 360mm or 380mm front disc brakes. The rears get 350mm or 365mm discs and all Range Rover Sports will have an electronic park brake.
The suspension design has come from a “clean sheet”, with Land Rover declaring it to be lightweight and state-of-the-art. The system is fully-independent and double isolated, with double-wishbones at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear.
Being a Range Rover, the new Sport isn't short on options and creature comforts.
No two models need look the same with 11 interior colour themes plus choice of seat colour, four aluminium interior finishes plus three real-wood veneers, nine alloy wheel designs ranging from 19-22 inches and no less than 19 exterior paint finishes to choose from.
Interior features include 14-way power adjustable seats with air circulation and a five-mode massage, digital TV or DVD playback through an eight inch front touchscreen, LED mood lighting, power tailgate, power latching and soft door-close, a drink chilling centre console, heated steering wheel and a whole lot more.
Despite all this, Land Rover says the new Sport has 50 percent fewer switches in the cabin to make it less complicated than the previous model.
Safety features include lane departure warning, a traffic-sign recognition camera, automatic high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection, an adjustable speed limiter, along with the full range of stability and traction control features you would expect from a Range Rover.
The new Range Rover Sport is 62mm longer than its predecessor, coming in at 4850mm. But the wheelbase has increased by 178mm with most of it devoted to rear seat passengers.
Compared to the full-size Range Rover, the Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower, plus it weighs 45kg less. than the new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
There is 24mm of extra rear knee room plus extra rear shoulder-room. Buyers will have the choice of 60/40 or 40/20/40 split rear seats and the option of powered third row occasional 5+2 “secret” seating (which folds away into the floor).
The cargo area is nine percent bigger than the previous model. Land Rover says all models will have more boot space than before, even with third-row seating and the new diesel-electric hybrid battery will not compromise interior space.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- TDV6 SE - $102,800
- SDV6 SE - $113,600
- V6 Supercharged Petrol HSE - $123,100
- SDV6 HSE - $125,800
- SDV6 Autobiography - $145,500
- V8 Supercharged Petrol HSE - $161,600
- V8 Supercharged Petrol Autobiography - $182,400
- SDV8 - $TBC
- Diesel-Electric Hybrid - $TBC
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