2014 Range Rover Sport Drops 800 Pounds, Adds V6 and 3rd-Row [Gallery]

At the 2013 New York Auto Show today, the 2014 Range Rover Sport was debuted. The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is about 800 pounds lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the liberal use of aluminum. It will be available with either a supercharged V-6 engine or a supercharged V-8.

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The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport made its world debut today in New York City. It will be the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever. The Manhattan skyline provided the perfect backdrop for this world premiere, as the United States is the world’s largest market for Range Rover Sport and the New York metropolitan area is the top market in the world.

Developed alongside the 2013 Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport delivers exceptional on-road dynamics with genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The technologically advanced Range Rover Sport presents an assertive and muscular exterior, luxurious interior, and the practical flexibility provided by the option of 5+2 third row seating for occasional use.

Featuring Land Rover’s breakthrough suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Range Rover Sport features an all-new aluminum unibody architecture to achieve a weight savings of approximately 800lbs.

This weight reduction transforms the vehicle’s dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort and to offer a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, engaging driving experience.

Speaking ahead of the official world premiere at the New York International Auto 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 focused 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 versatility.”

“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 Edwards.

Range Rover Sport Design

The all-new Range Rover Sport has been designed to capture the distinctive DNA of its predecessor, but with a bold evolution that places it at the heart of the three-model Range Rover portfolio, between the flagship Range Rover and the Range Rover Evoque vehicles.

The 2014 Range Rover Sport is just 2.5-inches longer than its predecessor. At 191-inches, it is shorter than many mid-sized sedans, bringing greater maneuverability and ease of parking. A wheelbase that’s longer by 7-inches yields greater room and improved access for rear passengers. The new 2014 Range Rover Sport is 5.9-inches shorter and 2.17-inches lower than the new 2013 Range Rover on which it is based. It weighs about 100lbs. less than the Range Rover when similarly equipped.

At the front, the large outboard air intakes and bold trapezoidal shapes housing the central bumper beam and skid plate convey high-performance and high-capability. At the rear, a skid plate flanked by large twin exhaust outlets repeats the trapezoidal theme.

The headlight clusters use distinctive new LED signature designs, with the slimmer lights creating an aggressive, technical appearance. A new compact design for the real lamp clusters uses LED technology. The main tail and stop lamps echo the headlamps’ distinctive design language. Both front and rear lamps flow round into the shoulders of the body with the distinctive tapering blade design featured on the other Range Rover vehicles.

The interior has a sophisticated and modern appearance, incorporating distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues and providing the driver with a luxurious and sporting cockpit. For the new model, the strong, architectural forms of the design have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed using premium materials.

The centerpiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the instrument panel’s strong horizontal elements and the center stack’s vertical lines. The cockpit’s dynamic character is enhanced by the faster angle of the center stack. Its satin chrome pillars flow from the instrument panel through into the rear cabin, and the aluminum accents flow from the center console into the dashboard fascia.

The new Range Rover Sport is crafted using the highest quality materials, with carefully selected colors and textures to enhance the model’s unique blend of luxury with a distinctive sporting character. The use of modern finishes and veneers gives the cabin a dynamic and contemporary feel.

For maximum personalization, the new Range Rover Sport offers individualized choices for customers. An expanded choice of special features includes color-themed interiors with multi-toned designs and a range of alloy wheels from 19- to 22-inches.

Dynamic Capability

The Range Rover Sport marks a significant step forward for the model, adopting advanced vehicle technologies and new powertrains from the highly acclaimed new Range Rover, to transform the driving experience for customers seeking the ultimate premium sports SUV.

The vehicle’s aluminum unibody platform – engineered in parallel with the new Range Rover – is 39 percent lighter than the previous model’s semi-unibody plus chassis frame design, leading to significantly improved agility and performance.

Underpinning the enhanced driving capability of the new Range Rover Sport is a new fully independent aluminum suspension that is double isolated, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear. The system delivers impressive wheel travel – with 10.2-inches (260mm) of front travel, 10.7-inches (272mm) at the rear. With 21.5-inches (546mm) of articulation, the suspension to delivers the composure to deal with the toughest conditions.

The maximum ground clearance is available up to 31 mph (50 km/h). The system provides up to 4.5-inches (115mm) of regular movement, from the lowest setting ‘access height’ (now 0.4-inches / 10mm lower at 1.9-inches / 50mm lowering for easier entry and exit) to the standard off-road height.

A key element of the vehicle’s agile and engaging character is a new Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system featuring variable-ratio speed-sensitive assistance. The system has been tuned for a responsive and confident character. Geared for 3.0 turns lock-to-lock, the system provides a faster overall steering ratio, but is slower just around the on-center position for enhanced stability and control at speed.

Advanced chassis and vehicle technologies enhance suspension performance. Supercharged V8 models are equipped with a dedicated Dynamic mode in the Terrain Response® 2 system3, providing a more sporting bias during enthusiastic on-road driving, with a firmer ride, tighter body control, reduced roll and responsive steering and performance. Dynamic mode activates performance calibrations for a wide range of vehicle and chassis systems including the electric power steering, throttle and transmission responses, damping and lean control, and settings for the traction and stability systems.

For the ultimate sporting driving experience, Dynamic mode 3 is specified in combination with a number of key technologies, including Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking.

Significantly reducing the amount of body lean during cornering, Dynamic Response transforms vehicle handling and occupant comfort. This new two-channel active lean control system is capable of controlling the front and rear suspension independently. This allows it to be tuned to deliver increased low-speed agility, along with enhanced control and stability at high speed.

The Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential employs an electronically controlled differential that can vary the degree of lock-up almost instantaneously to further maximize traction, handling and cornering stability. The rear differential can react 70ms faster than one in the outgoing model.

Torque Vectoring by Braking uses the vehicle’s brake system to generate the effect of a torque vectoring differential. This feature constantly balances the distribution of engine torque among the four wheels during cornering, resulting in improved grip and steering, and a reduced level of understeer.

The system uses the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) module and monitors the vehicle 100 times per second. As the Range Rover Sport accelerates through a corner, the system uses yaw sensors to detect the onset of understeer. To reduce understeer, imperceptible levels of braking are used to correct the vehicle attitude, while engine torque is transferred to the outside wheels, which have more grip, thus maintaining traction and steering control.

Supercharged V8 models are also equipped with Adaptive Dynamics, featuring continuously variable dampers, providing the optimum balance of ride and control by offering infinitely variable damper settings between soft and firm extremes. The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 500 times a second, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimize body roll, providing a composed, flat ride.

Building on Land Rover’s history for tackling the toughest climates and road surfaces, the 2014 Range Rover Sport has been developed to achieve all-terrain capability, with supreme composure in all conditions.

The Range Rover Sport vehicle enhances its status through the introduction of the next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system3, which takes the capabilities of the acclaimed technology to a new level of ease of use and effectiveness.

Developed by a small team of Land Rover specialists, Terrain Response® 2 features an Auto setting that uses sophisticated systems to analyze the current driving conditions, and automatically select the most suitable terrain program.

While it functions automatically, Terrain Response® 2 will also provide the driver with additional advice, such as when to select low range or raise the vehicle to off-road ride height, when the system calculates that it is necessary.

Land Rover Terrain Response® is complemented by standard innovative driving aids3 including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Roll Stability Control (RSC). Performance of braking and stability systems is enhanced by the latest Bosch 6-piston brake modulator, which delivers faster, precise responses and smoother, quieter operation.

Full-time Intelligent 4WD Systems

The new Range Rover Sport offers a choice of two full-time intelligent 4WD systems, each able to deliver outstanding traction on even the most challenging low-grip surfaces.

A two-speed transfer case system is available, with a low-range for the most demanding off-road conditions, and features a 50:50 percent default front to rear torque split. Optimum traction is maintained through an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the center differential, which can distribute torque between the wheels at any ratio between 100 percent front and 100 percent rear.

This is combined with responsive and sophisticated electronic traction control systems. The transfer case offers selectable high and low range with shift-on-the-fly capability at speeds up to 37 mph (60km/h). The 2.93:1 low range ratio yields an extremely low crawl speed.

Range Rover Sport Powertrain

The all-new Range Rover Sport features a choice between a new 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6 engine and the formidable 510hp 5-liter supercharged V8 from the Range Rover Supercharged. Each is paired with an advanced 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which deliver outstanding performance with immediate responses and a dynamic and connected character.

The substantial weight saving of about 800lbs., courtesy of the aluminum platform, has helped to deliver both better performance and gains in fuel economy. A new standard Intelligent Stop/Start system can also reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions in stop and go driving.

The 510hp 5-liter V8 supercharged engine retains its place at the pinnacle of the Range Rover Sport line-up. With significant reserves of power and torque, the scale of the performance on offer is reflected in the 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds (0.9 seconds faster than the previous model). The stunning performance is accompanied by a sporting soundtrack generated by a specially tuned exhaust system and sound symposer on the intake system.

The V8 has a compact all-aluminum design, with low levels of internal friction. The engine is managed by a new Bosch engine management system. High-pressure direct injection uses a centrally mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided injection system. Efficiency is further enhanced by a cam torque actuated, dual independent variable camshaft timing system. A sixth-generation, twin vortex system supercharger is fitted, which offers superior thermodynamic efficiency and extremely refined noise levels.

A new 340hp 3-liter V6 engine delivers generous torque throughout the rev range, delivering confident performance with outstanding refinement with improved efficiency. As a 90-degree engine based on the Land Rover 5-liter V8, the V6 features an innovative balance weight system to ensure exceptionally smooth and refined performance.

With a weight reduction of about 800lbs., the new 340hp supercharged V6 Range Rover Sport is quicker than the previous model with its 375hp 5-liter V8, achieving the dash from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds2, a reduction of 0.3 seconds. Enthusiastic drivers will also be pleased with a sporting engine note, emphasized by using a sound symposer on the intake system.

Both Range Rover Sport engines are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox, tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky-smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid responses and excellent fuel economy. With eight closely spaced ratios, gear changes are almost imperceptible, with each shift completed in just 200 milliseconds.

Prices and Availability

The new Range Rover Sport will go on sale in summer 2013. Prices will begin at $63,495 for the Range Rover Sport SE and its 3.0-liter supercharged V6, then go to $68,495 for the HSE, $79,995 for the Supercharged that puts the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 underhood, and $93,295 for the Autobiography. All of those prices include the $895 destination charge.

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