2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport First Look

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport First Look

Mar 26, 2013

Following on the heels of the 2013 Range Rover, the all-new 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport made its debut at the 2013 New York auto show. Drawing heavily on the Range Rover’s engineering, the 2014 Range Rover Sport blends luxury, performance, and all-terrain capability in one stylish package. It may seem a little strange to unveil a go-anywhere off-roader in New York, where few citizens own cars (and the potholes aren’t that big), but Land Rover had good reason to unveil the Sport in the Big Apple — not only is the U.S. the largest market for the Range Rover Sport, the New York metropolitan area is the vehicle’s top market.

A Range Rover More Than A Land Rover

Supercharged Powertrains

The 2014 Range Rover Sport mirrors its larger sibling under the hood with two offerings: a new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 rated at 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and the same 510-hp, 461-lb-ft supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 from last year. Although the supercharged V-6 is down 35 hp and 43 lb-ft from the old naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, Land Rover estimates that the six-cylinder Sport will make the dash from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.3 second from the outgoing car. V-8-powered models do the run 0.9 second quicker than last year, clocking in at an estimated 5.0 seconds.

Both engines are paired to a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with automatic stop/start. To emphasize the driver-focused character of the new Range Rover Sport, the transmission borrows the joystick-like shifter from the 2014 Jaguar F-type instead of using the rotary shifter found in the larger Range Rover and in the Evoque. When things need to come to a stop, the Sport is equipped with new six-piston Brembo front calipers.

The front brakes are 14.96 inches in diameter, while the rears are 14.32 inches on V-8 models; V-6 models have 13.8-inch discs both front and back.

Evoque-Infused Style

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Given its position in the Range Rover hierarchy, it’s not surprising that the Sport blends styling cues from the fashionable Evoque and the debonair Range Rover. That said, the 2014 model is clearly a practice in evolution rather than revolution — the silhouette of the new Sport is very similar to that of the outgoing model, with flared haunches, a rakish D-pillar, and clamshell hood. The fender vents have been updated with smaller strakes and the hood now has a pair of extractor vents.

Front and rear lighting assemblies are smaller and utilize LED technology. The headlights include the new Range Rover interlocking-circle LED running lights, and the xenon headlights are styled to look like camera lenses, as on the bigger Range Rover. Around back, the taillights are squarer and mimic the shapes of the running lights.

Both front and rear lamp designs extend onto the flanks in a similar, Dali-esque fashion to the other Range Rover models.

Inside, the cabin blends the cosseting interior of the first-generation Range Rover Sport with the elegant simplicity of the 2013 Range Rover. The center stack cascades from a high dashboard and features an eight-inch touchscreen for infotainment functions and three dial-display hybrids for the climate controls. The standard instrument cluster flanks two analog dials on either side of a five-inch TFT display, but buyers can opt for a new 12.3-inch TFT virtual gauge display.

As in the Range Rover, the virtual display is configurable and adapts to different drive settings.

The biggest difference for 2014 comes thanks to the seven-inch stretch in the Sport’s wheelbase. Land Rover will now offer an optional two-place third-row seat for occasional trips. The rearmost seats are power-operated and don’t detract from luggage space compared to five-seat models.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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