The all-new Range Rover Sport was revealed in South Africa in early November. Boasting a completely new assertive and muscular exterior, in conjunction with a seemingly luxurious interior, the newest Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is essentially another set of metal.
With all sorts of improvements to suspension, chassis, weight and engines and the like, the Range Rover Sport is said to be made up of 75 percent different parts on the standard Range Rover.
As outlined by Kevin Flynn, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover for South, the “[g]round-breaking construction which sees the all-new Range Rover Sport tip the scales massively lighter than its predecessor brings benefits in a number of areas; including emissions, fuel consumption, handling, braking and acceleration.
“Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the all-new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and round capabilities,” added Flynn.
Keeping the above in your mind, the new SUV has an aluminium base that saves 420kg of weight, whereby CO2 emissions can be as low as 209g/km-and this may be attributed to the 8 percent more aerodynamic body.
The outside of the Range Rover Sport tallies in at 4850mm, that is 62mm over the previous model. The wheelbase is 178mm longer, allowing for greater space in the interior. Despite the fact that it can be larger than its predecessor, the game is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the standard Range Rover unit.
To complement the outside design, customers will be able to choose wheels ranging in 20-, 21-, and 22-inches in diameter.
Moving away from cosmetic changes, the SUV will offer you two different four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems. The first one is a two-speed transfer case with low-range options for off-road situations. This unit can have a 50/50 default torque split with a 100 percent locking capability.
One other option is an 18kg lighter alternative by using a single-speed transfer case. This unit has become designed to transfer the torque to the axle with the most grip. The default torque split, however, is 42/58 percent.
Power for the Range Rover Sport is available in three different variations: the first two units are supercharged-a 5.-litre 375kW V8 with 625Nm of torque and a 3.-litre 250kW V6 with 450Nm of torque. The third option is a diesel powered motor with a 3.-litre V6 displacement churning out 215kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Each one of these units is coupled with an electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The product range-topping 5.-litre V8 Range Rover Sport should be able to achieve a -100km/h in 5.3 seconds.
In the interior of the vehicle, Range Rover have added a smaller diameter, thicker controls; vertical gear shifter; higher centre console; configurable mood lighting; and more “generous” seat bolsters. There will be 24mm more knee room for rear-seat occupants.
On the features side of things, Range Rover has added Adaptive Dynamics with continuously variable dampers, and on better models, a devoted Dynamic mode. This system is combined with twin-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking, which transfers torque for the outside wheels during cornering, reducing understeer.
There is also a digicam system which supports driver assistance.