Images of the new Range Rover Sport have been leaking onto the internet for some time now, but Range Rover has finally whipped the covers off for real, ahead of the car’s launch at this week’s New York Auto Show.
At a stroke it’s made the old Range Rover Sport look a bit bulky and… well, unsporting, the new car showing off tauter lines and the same slightly pinched rear end as its larger Range Rover sibling, reducing visual bulk.
Actual bulk has also been reduced, by as much as 420 kilograms on the TDV6 model. The new Range Rover look doesn’t just mean jewel-like detailing and sleeker forms, but aluminium architecture too, shedding significant weight from the vehicle.
That has led to improvements in fuel efficiency, performance, a reduction in CO2 and no doubt better handling too.
Customers will be able to choose between a 510 PS supercharged V8 petrol engine and a 3.0-litre, 292 PS SDV6 diesel at launch, followed by a 258 PS TDV6 and a mighty 339 PS SDV8 diesel in early 2014. For the first time, a hybrid model will also be offered in 2014.
CO2 is now as low as 194 grams per kilometre, meaning cheaper road tax all round. Land Rover is claiming fuel consumption cuts of up to 24 percent (aided by stop-start technology), but the Sport badge is justified by better performance than ever – the supercharged V8 will bludgeon its way to 60 mph in just five seconds.
Luxury and technology are key Range Rover Sport attributes, and the levels of each are high regardless of whether the customer opts for HSE, HSE Dynamic or Autobiography Dynamic trim.
That means an even more sports-orientated interior, where soft leather and mood lighting meet a ‘Sports Command Driving Position’, thicker steering wheel rim and higher centre console. It also means an optional head-up display, all manner of terrain response and locking differential features, and other driver assistance features for both on- and off-road use.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Third quarter 2013
Expect to see these everywhere at an upmarket spot near you soon – the existing Range Rover Sport is already one of the brand’s most successful models, and if the current Range Rover is anything to go by, the new Sport will improve upon it in every single area. Love or hate the Sport, it’s looking very impressive indeed.
For more information check out our full summary of the current Range Rover Sport alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!