Land Rover has redesigned the Range Rover Sport so that it rides on a platform derived from the Range Rover. It switches to a new, lighter aluminum unibody that shaves more than 800 pounds from the weight of the car.
This enables the new standard 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine to move the Range Rover Sport to 60 mph faster than the previous model's more powerful base V-8. A first for the Sport, a third-row seat is now optional, but it is best suited for short trips or for children.
A new body structure is largely hidden in what is a similar shape to the outgoing Range Rover Sport. It combines elements of the old style with the new and popular Evoque. The resulting changes to the front and rear ends present a sleeker look. An available two-tone paint scheme is available, with the top and pillars painted one of three color choices.
Inside, a full revision of the instrument panel features stitched leather covering the dashboard and an optional 12.3-inch fully electronic gauge cluster. A two-seat third row is now available, with a power-folding function that drops it into the floor when not in use. A wide range of interior color choices is also available with 11 color themes, four aluminum interior trim finishes, three wood veneers and three headliner colors.
Under the Hood
Two powertrains are available: a 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 making 332 pounds-feet of torque or a 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 producing 461 pounds-feet of torque, both mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. All Range Rover Sports have four-wheel drive with a choice of two transfer cases — a single-speed Torsen or a two-speed locking differential with low range. Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system is included with a new function that allows the Range Rover Sport to detect what kind of terrain it's rolling over and automatically select the best mode to handle it: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand or Rock Crawl.
The truck uses a bevy of systems to aid its state-of-the-art four-wheel-drive system: hill descent control, Gradient Release Control, hill start assist, stability control, traction control and roll stability control are all standard. It also features driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags (including an extended curtain airbag that covers passengers occupying the third-row seats), and active front seat belts linked to the vehicle's emergency braking functions.
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