Land Rover has launched the all-new Range Rover Sport in some style with a live drive through the streets of Manhattan. The driver was none other than James Bond himself: Daniel Craig.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport was launched at the 2013 New York International Auto Show because more units of the current model are sold in the U.S. than any other country, with New York being the Sport’s best-selling city.
Range Rover has designed a car that is unique, but also takes styling cues from both the Evoque and 2013 Range Rover. They describe it as the fastest, most-agile and most-responsive Land Rover ever.
The old Range Rover Sport was based on the Discovery (LR4 in the US) chassis. The Discovery is the most competent Land Rover, outside of the Defender, but not the most refined – that award goes to the Range Rover. So for this iteration the Sport is based on the Range Rover’s chassis, which means aluminum architecture and a 420kg (920lb) saving over the old model.
And saving weight means improved speed, acceleration and economy.
With its shallow-angled windscreen, the Range Rover Sport has a very low drag rating of 0.34Cd. It’s shorter than the Range Rover and only 62mm longer than the previous model Sport. Despite sharing a chassis, it only shares 25 per cent of parts with the Range Rover.
The Sport’s suspension is more akin to a sporty car’s than an SUV’s. It’s got aluminum, fully independent double wishbones at the front and a multilink layout at the rear, but still has between 260 and 270mm of wheel travel to allow for Land Rover’s legendary off-road capability. It also gets Adaptive Dynamics and continuously variable dampers as well as a locking rear differential and torque vectoring by braking, which transfers torque to the outside wheels when cornering and reduces understeering.
A new option for the Sport is a color Heads-Up display that shows key data on the windscreen without the driver having to look down.
The Range Rover Sport comes in four trim levels – SE, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography. The SE and HSE come with a supercharged 3-liter V6 with 340 hp, and the others come with the superb supercharged 5-liter V8, which produces 510 hp.
Prices will range from $63,495 to $79,995, and the Range Rover Sport will be on sale this summer.