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All-new Range Rover Sport debuts
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27th March, 2013
- New interpretation of Range Rover Sport completes three-model Range Rover portfolio
- Transformational on-road dynamics with world's best all-terrain performance gives unrivalled breadth of capability
- Impeccable composure and refinement delivering exceptional ride comfort
- Superbly crafted, luxurious and more flexible interior with new 5+2 seating option
- Features Range Rover premium chassis and lightweight aluminium architecture
- Retail deliveries will commence in late 4th quarter 2013
- Australian Pricing and Specifications to be released closer to launch
The all-new Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world on the streets of New York (USA), is the ultimate premium
'sporty' SUV - the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever. The Manhattan skyline was the backdrop for the
world premiere. New York being the model's best-selling city seemed the ideal location for the event, coinciding with the
commencement of the New York Motor Show later this week. The US is the model's biggest market.
Developed alongside the all-new Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport now delivers the brand's best-ever on-road
dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The new, technology-packed, Range Rover
Sport, presents customers with a more assertive and 'muscular' exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility
provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating.
Exploiting Land Rover's breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the
Sport's all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg. This transforms the
vehicle's dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of
sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience, along with CO2 emissions reduced to 194g/km.
Speaking ahead of the New York Motor Show, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards said: "The all-new Range
Rover Sport is a vehicle that has been designed and engineered without compromise. With Land Rover capability at its
heart, it is one of the most road focussed vehicles we've ever produced, but of course still offers unsurpassed
all-terrain capability. It is a vehicle which is designed to be driven. We've taken ride, handling and agility to another
level for Land Rover to deliver a truly rewarding, sporting, drive together with unmatched luxury, capability and
"Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a
vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities," adds
Design: assertive, powerful and muscular
The dynamic new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design that is assertive, powerful and muscular,
hinting at the improved driving performance, and positioning the vehicle clearly between the Range Rover and the Evoque
through a clear, shared design DNA.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "The new Range Rover Sport is the
ultimate luxury SUV. A new Range Rover Sport for a new era. Relevant, sustainable and utterly desirable. Alongside the
all-new Range Rover, and the Range Rover Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct product in Land
Rover's product revolution. Firmly establishing it as a powerhouse British brand, with exceptional Design at its
"Alongside the Range Rover and the Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct pillar in Range
Rover's continuing evolution as a powerhouse British brand with exceptional design at its core," he added.
With a fresh interpretation of the previous model's distinctive design, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary
appearance combined with enhanced use of space. The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4,850mm,
it is shorter than other 7-seater SUVs and most E-segment sedans, bringing greater manoeuvrability and ease of parking.
However, a significantly longer wheelbase (increased by 178mm) provides greater room and improved access for rear
Shorter overhangs at the front and rear, plus additional width (+55mm) give the new vehicle a more modern stance.
With its 'faster' windscreen angle, streamlined and rounded profile and lower, dynamic sloping roofline, the new Range
Rover Sport is 8 per cent more aerodynamic than the outgoing vehicle (Cd 0.34). The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm
lower than the all-new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
While it was developed alongside the Range Rover and shares some commonality with its sister vehicle, the all-new
Range Rover Sport benefits from 75 per cent unique parts, a significant number of which directly influence the way the
new Sport looks and feels.
To maximise personalisation, customers will be offered a choice of wheel designs ranging through 19-, 20-, 21- and
22-inches in diameter including the iconic "Viper's Nest" wheel design, now available for the first time across all Range
Capability: the broadest range of abilities in an SUV
The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more
connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. The lightweight aluminium suspension is
fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
Wheel-travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to
deal with the toughest conditions. Maximum ground clearance is increased to 278mm (+51mm) and the upgraded air suspension
system automatically varies between two ride heights, while the next generation ground-breaking Terrain Response® 2
system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
Fifth generation air suspension provides up to 115mm of regular movement, from the lowest setting 'access height' (now
10mm lower at 50mm for easier entry and exit) to the standard off-road height. An automatic extension, triggered by
sensors, and a manually-selected extension, both raise the Sport by 35mm, giving a total movement range of 185mm.
The re-engineered air suspension system with its new +35mm intermediate setting means that the off-road mode can
remain available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h) than was possible before, which is valuable in terrain
with long, rutted dirt roads.
All-new, the electric power steering is characterised by a lighter, more direct steering feel. A choice of two
full-time 4WD systems will be offered. One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option, for the most
demanding off-road conditions with a front-rear 50/50 per cent default torque split, and 100 percent locking
The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential, which
automatically distributes torque to the axle with most grip, working together with the traction control systems to
deliver excellent traction in all conditions. The default front-rear torque split of 42/58 per cent is designed to
provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics.
Powertrains: four engine choices from launch, with new Hybrid to follow
At launch, all-new Range Rover Sport customers will have a choice of four engines - two supercharged petrol engines
(5.0-litre 375kW V8 and the new 3.0-litre 250kW V6) and two diesel engines (3.0-litre 190kW TDV6 and 215kW SDV6). The
powertrain line-up will be expanded in early 2014 by the addition of a high performance 4.4-litre 250kW SDV8 diesel
version. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model will be available to order later this year
for delivery in 2014.
Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-100 km/h dash start from 5.3 seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by
up to 24 per cent - depending on model - and CO2 emissions start as low as 194g/km. All petrol and diesel engines in the
new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The weight reduction measures on the new Range Rover Sport open up the future possibility for the fitment of a
smaller, lighter power plant, such as a four cylinder engine, in a model which could have an overall weight of less than
Sustainability: first in class with lightweight aluminium construction
The all-new Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle in its segment to feature an advanced all-aluminium body structure,
which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers significantly reduced weight
and enhanced sustainability.
Engineered in parallel with the highly-acclaimed new Range Rover, the new model's lightweight aluminium body structure
employs a combination of pressed panels, plus cast, extruded and rolled aluminium alloy parts, so the strength is
concentrated precisely where the loads are greatest. The vehicle's platform is 39 per cent lighter than the previous
In 2014, the new Sport's improvement in efficiency will be raised to a new level with the introduction of an
ultra-efficient diesel Hybrid achieving CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
Interior: modern and luxurious with a strong sporting character
The new Sport provides an interior with distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues, superior detailing and
A design benchmark in its segment, the Sport interior offers a unique blend of style and understated luxury with
strong, elegant lines, top quality materials and an extra dash of sporting character. Strong, architectural forms within
the interior have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed with more luxurious
soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin.
The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker steering wheel, vertical gear
shifter, higher centre console, configurable mood lighting and more generous seat bolsters. The Sports Command Driving
Position (CDP) combines the supreme sense of confidence and control offered by the Range Rover, with a more sporting
seating position similar to the Evoque.
Interior packaging is optimised to provide a more spacious rear cabin with 24mm more knee room, while occupants also
benefit from the wider cabin. New, neatly integrated third row, occasional 5+2 seating can be specified. These powered
seats leave a flat floor with no loss of boot space and are split 50/50.
Technology: customer-focused vehicle and safety features
The new Range Rover Sport has been developed as the ultimate 'no compromise' vehicle that will fit perfectly into the
lifestyles of the typical buyers. It has been engineered to incorporate the latest developments in customer-focused
vehicle and safety technologies to enhance comfort, confidence and safety behind the wheel.
New or enhanced chassis technologies for the new Sport include Adaptive Dynamics featuring continuously variable
dampers (CVD), and on more powerful models, a dedicated Dynamic mode in the Terrain Response® 2 system for enthusiastic
on-road driving. 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 to the outside wheels during cornering,
A new, optional colour Head-Up Display presents key vehicle and navigation data without the driver needing to look
away from the road, using laser technology for superior clarity and contrast.
The new model introduces a digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features that help deliver
improved driver awareness: Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist. Another
unique innovation on the Sport is the new Wade Sensing feature that provides 'depth' information when driving through
water, made even more beneficial to the driver now that the Sport's maximum wading depth has increased by 150mm over the
previous model to 850mm.
Sales success, production and availability
The all-new Range Rover Sport, with its greatly enhanced versatility, is destined to continue the outstanding success
of its predecessor, which quickly became one of Land Rover's most popular models following its introduction in 2005, with
sales exceeding 380,000 units to date.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centres in the UK, the new model will be produced in a
state-of-the-art low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK.
On sale from the third quarter of 2013 (late 2013 in Australia), the new Range Rover Sport will ultimately be
introduced in 169 markets worldwide. Most markets will offer customers a choice of four equipment levels (S, SE, HSE and
Autobiography), plus new 'Dynamic' versions of the HSE and Autobiography. An extensive choice of colours, finishes and
details will enable customers to create the ultimate bespoke SUV.