Range Rover Sport

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The Range Rover Sport to fruition the desire of Land corporate owner (Ford) to the number of models in the lineup and market share with a smaller, more sporty SUV. It is aimed squarely at the car SUVs such as the BMW X3 X5, Mercedes ML, VW and Porsche Cayenne, with the of equaling their on-road while blowing them in off-road capability. When a Stormer concept vehicle the rounds of auto shows, hoped that Ford not debase the Range Rover by using it on something with than superior off road People buy Range Rovers they know they are the on and off road machines available.

As it out, Land Rover has a creditable job, and the resulting is so impressive that thousands ordered months before its availability date.

The new model was unveiled in November 2004, and was at the January 2005 Detroit Show ( left — courtesy of Michael at ovalnews.com ), availability scheduled for June Based on the Discovery 3 (LR3) the Range Rover Sport the same hybrid chassis and construction, with wheelbase by 6 inches and the overall stance The more stylish, less bodywork has traditional Range styling cues such as the roof and clamshell bonnet/hood.

The double-wishbone air suspension with Response system is utilized, with its base engine the 300 horsepower Jaguar-derived 4.4 liter V8.

The reduced bulk gives it highway performance than the further enhanced by a sophisticated stability system. More is the upscale version with a 4.2 supercharged version of the V8, developing 400 horsepower and giving a zero to 60 of about 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 140 Even this version not quite keep up with the poseur SUVs from and Mercedes, but it’s good to provide a serious alternative for looking for something with off-road capability.

Overall, the Rover Sport seems to achieved the design goals set for it, in a compact package with high speed pavement and handling. Off-road capabilities are compromised, but should still be to leave the pretenders from Mercedes and Porsche stuck in the

Body and Frame Design

The Rover Sport shares the 3’s integrated body-frame, a full box section frame attached to a body that has unibody strength. This it serious off-road underpinnings with the body stiffness to reduce rattles and improve About 6 inches has been cut out of the frame, making the Sport’s 108 inches, the same as the 4.0/4.6 Rover and about 7 inches than the current model Rover.

(Photo at Right: Land Rover depiction of body/frame construction of Discovery

The bulky, spacious Discovery shape is replaced with a compact, aerodynamic, lower-profile that looks more a Range Rover. The roofline down towards the rear and the use of black trim on the window retains the floating roofline cue of the Range Rover. Other Rover cues include the bonnet/hood (which, however, has its castellation) and a high command position.

The inevitable nested headlights the front (probably a style will soon go out of fashion), and looking grille and side convey the impression of speed. One compared to other Range is the traditional and very useful — this is replaced in the by a clever hatch back that allows you to open the top window only (for to put small items in the back), or the hatch (photo at left) for access. Sadly, however, no tailgate parties! ( Photo at Range Rover Sport hatch )

In spite of the 6 inch reduction, overall length is 2.4 inches (6 cm) shorter than the And the Sport is actually 40 lbs (20kg) tipping the scales at 5468lb kg). Compared to the standard Rover, it is about 6.5 inches (15 cm) and 90 lbs (40kg) heavier.

This the less efficient (from a to weight point of view) and frame construction compared to the monocoque Range Rover.

The more aerodynamic body of the coupled with the same and transmission gives it better speed performance than the with a top speed of 130 mph for the base and 140 for the supercharged version.

Overall, the design sheds some of the simplicity, subtlety and refinement of the Range Rover, in favor of a flashy, sporty appearance of a Detroit concept vehicle. But it succeeds in conveying Range in a more compact sporty The Sport’s interior (see is similarly more sporty the standard Range Rover, leather, wood and metallic materials conveying the feel of a performance machine.

Engine and train

Like the chassis and the standard 4.4 litre V8 engine directly from the Discovery (After mid-2005 it also as the base engine for the standard Rover). This Jaguar-developed has been modified by Land to optimize it for off road use, better low speed torque and the ability to run at extreme angles. It is an alloy design with 4 per cylinder, developing 300 hp at 5,500 RPM and 315 of torque at 4,000 rpm.

New for the model (and also as an for the standard Range Rover) is Jaguar-derived power plant, a 4.2 supercharged version of the V8 which out 390 hp at 5,750 rpm and 400 ft-lb of torque at rpm. Both engines continue the Range Rover of requiring premium unleaded ( Photo at left from Motor Show — of air intake and supercharger on 4.2 litre courtesy of ovalnews.com ).

For Sport who are less interested in sport and in fuel economy, a more diesel version is also This uses a 2.7 litre diesel.

The transmission for the new model is directly from the Discovery a 6 speed ZF HP26 unit normal, sport, and manual modes — the latter particularly useful in low range. On the model, a positive torque is added to enhance gear The transfer case, also the Discovery, has an excellent low range of 2.9 to 1 and an electronically controlled locking differential.

I am not sure yet whether the optional diff lock available on the will also be offered on the Rover Sport.

Land now-standard 4-wheel electronic control and Hill Descent systems are included on the new model. The is designed to limit speed and controllability in steep downhill by manipulating the throttle and ABS systems to a target speed of 1.6 mph in low range. included is the new Terrain Response that was introduced on the Discovery 3. A dial on the center console ( at right courtesy of Stephan ) allows the driver to select the of terrain being negotiated pavement, snow, mud, or rocks — and the computer such parameters as allowable on the traction control, suspension and gear ratio to optimize comfort and traction.

The LR3/Discovery 3 and Rover Sport can use the same but the tire size on the Sport is a tad at 255/50R19, while the supercharged has very low profile 275/40R20 The Sport has special brakes to go with its high speed the supercharged model uses discs (both front and in combination with special 4-piston calipers on the front. that models with the brakes are not compatible with all choices).

Photo: Controls on console for terrain response suspension height (left high and low range selection switch), and hill descent (orange center switch).

the rest of the Sport’s mechanicals, the derives directly from the 3, but with some variations to it for higher speed performance on This suspension was in turn from the Range Rover electronically controlled air suspension in 2002, but uses double both front and rear Range Rover Mk III uses struts in the front) .

Like Range Rover air suspensions, it can be for off road use and lowered for convenient The controls for the suspension, high and low selection, hill descent and terrain response are all grouped at the rear of the center console see photos above and below. To on-road dynamics, the Range Sport adopts a somewhat stance than the Discovery, in a loss of ground clearance in all On the Sport, the maximum ground under the differentials is 8.9 inches, to 9.5 on the Discovery and 11 on the Range Rover. As a the ramp break over is somewhat diminished at 25 degrees in off mode, compared with 28 on the other models. (Of course, 25 is still much better the average competitor — for a Jeep Grand Cherokee somewhere around 17 degrees).

as an added bonus, the Extended mode last seen on the has returned on the Sport, giving an 1.5 inches of clearance when the senses that the vehicle is centered. In this mode, the can hold the up switch on (for 3 with a foot on the brake) for 1.5 inches or 3 inches over the off road mode — a of almost 12 inches of clearance.

The use of for both front and rear air when off road, allowing air to rapidly between left and was pioneered on the Range Rover Mk copied on the Discovery 3 and is carried to the Range Rover Sport. has a highly beneficial effect softening the ride over and maximizing ground contact at the drooping wheel (thereby traction).

Interior Luxury Features

The interior is more sporty the standard Range Rover, grey and metallic colors the leather and wood trim, to feel of a high performance

As illustrated in the photo at right of Michael at ovalnews.com) and the close-up all the off-road controls (high and low terrain response, suspension hill descent control) are grouped together at the rear of the console behind the gearshift left of picture).

As would be in any Range Rover, the Sport with a high level of trim and features to make easier for the driver. A premium system similar to that in the Range Rover includes features facilitating finding way back from your adventure. It incorporates an advanced 4X4 center which displays relevant to off-road driving as the direction the wheels are pointed, the Response mode selected, and wheels are in contact with the

An available Personal Telephone System includes voice-activated and wheel controls.

The 14-speaker, 550 Harmon Kardon Logic 7 system includes an in-dash CD MP3-player interface, and separate for front and rear passengers them to listen to different

Range Rover engine traditionally lags behind is really needed to get to the head of the among SUVs. The Sport is designed to address that and goes a good way towards so. The supercharged version can even up with a Jeep Grand Overland on the drag strip, to 60mph in 7.2 seconds, and is probably far in overall handling.

The 140 mph top speed of the model is impressive. The lesser are still no slugs — the 4.4 V8 model has a top speed of 130, and a time of 8.2 seconds, while the diesel version can do 120, but is a bit leisurely in acceleration, making it to 60 in seconds.

In tune with the Rover Sport’s on-road a clever new adaptive cruise allows the driver to keep a set behind the vehicle in front. The steering system varies assistance level and thereby feel according to speed. Stability Control system keep the enthusiastic driver out of by intervening to save your when a wheel threatens to off the pavement while negotiating a at 130 mph. The system monitors forces and senses when a is about to lift off.

It can corrective action such as throttle input, activating or sway bars, and selectively braking forces to one or more The system also acts on the bars to improve body in corners; the bars are decoupled on the for greater ride comfort and for maximum wheel articulation another advance in Range suspension design innovation. It can be off if the driver prefers.

Adaptive headlamps are connected to the so they can swivel to preview is around the bend, like the old DS21 of the 1970’s.

In an initial test. the ride was reported to be at high speed, but a bit firm and on poor surfaces, indicating the engineers have not yet mastered the art of the velvet ride quality of the in an updated form, but this is clearly aimed at the sports who probably will not mind.

Off ability is the one area where of the new Range Rover Sport may need convincing. First the bad even though a vehicle incorporate every technological aid to man, in real-life off roading is no substitute for adequate ground Here the Sport is slightly in comparison with Land traditionally excellent standards.

As out above, its clearance and ramp over angle do not compare to previous Range Rovers and Rovers (we can leave out of consideration the Freelander which, with its 7.3 ground clearance, came last in off-road ability in the Four Wheeler of the Year

The good news is that in area except ultimate the Sport has remarkably good off attributes. It is built like a as indicated by its massive weight, and the underpinnings will easily the harsh treatment of real off driving.

Approach and departure (34 and 29 degrees respectively) are very and the designers have done a job of shaping the rear end so there are no pieces such as an exhaust tip will get broken off when a deep ditch or washout. ( at left courtesy of Stephan ). Unfortunately, on the supercharged model you get chrome exhaust tips do protrude (see photo in section above), but they probably be removed. The spare is mounted under the rear and for serious off road trips one want to move it so it won’t get However it is notable that a spare is provided, in contrast to its which come with a version that you wouldn’t to have to use on a 4WD road — in my the most likely place to et a

This highlights the difference the Sport and the Cayenne and its ilk — the do not have serious off-road

Wheel travel is very and the various aids to traction as the electronic traction control and the cross-coupling are a big help. The various aids make it superior on mud, snow and ice, and all horsepower is a real boon on Measured by the standards of competing such as a Jeep Grand the Sport is superior in all off road and should have no problem them in the dust (or mud). It have even less from the BMW and Mercedes pseudo-SUVs are its main market competitors. them, it can even be ordered a factory winch accessory.

It is when compared with the standards set by other Land vehicles that it falls short.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Overall, it is heartening the route taken by the Freelander was not in the Range Rover Sport. to that vehicle, the new model is better off road, and only slightly short of its sister Rover and Discovery/LR3 models. the average driver will be at where it can go — only off-road drivers will run up against its ground clearance in certain situations encountered on trails, crossing berms and etc.

For those wanting to further the off road performance of the Sport, it is to know that the 255/55R19 MT/R tires used on the Rover in Land Rover’s G4 Challenge should fit perfectly. At point it is unknown whether or a winch will become for the Sport — stay

One of the first on and off road test I found for the new Sport was this one the Daily Telegraph, April 9, The author, Peter Hall, was to include high speed on the closed Mira test observing: In a dizzying sequence of at up to 130mph on a dry surface, with Stability Control turned the Range Rover Sport more like a sports than a sport-utility vehicle, and in extremis . when the anti-rollover software detects the risk of a lifting, does DSC automatically to maintain stability; at slightly speeds, with Mira’s sprinklers turned on, one can indulge in yet supremely controlled, opposite-lock slides, or allow DSC to keep neat and tidy, even on a as slippery as snow. He notes On the the ride quality is firm and a fidgety on poor surfaces, but an impressive 390bhp and 410lb ft of on tap, cruising is effortless and progress very satisfying. The automatic gearbox (with override function) is more programmed than in the Discovery a noticeable engine blip changing down) but is equally in operation.

Road and wind are almost non-existent thanks to good aerodynamics.

Other tests also mention the ride is a bit harsh, and certainly firmer than the standard Rover. Unfortunately, this may be in a sports-biased model like the Rover Sport, just as it is in the BMW X5.

In off-road testing at Eastnor Mr Hall reports It would certainly be less effective the Discovery in the most extreme but with all the same Terrain technology and information displays not to mention superbly supportive — it comfortably dismissed more challenging than I experienced in any other vehicle. water-filled trenches, ludicrous and scarily steep and slimy (driven forwards and in reverse) confirmed that Land produces the best off-roaders in the

The best report I have so far is a BBC Top Gear video of a RR Sport to escape from a Challenger off road, at the British Army’s acre Salisbury Plain warfare training area. It is impressive!!

In the February 2006 of Four Wheeler Magazine, the narrowly lost out to the Lexus as the Four Wheeler of the Year. The opinion was that it would won if the Supercharged model had been and if it was not provided with such low profile tires that shredded on the rocky off-road The harshness of the off-road ride in profile mode was also

Otherwise, the Sport acquitted well, easily beating the of the competition.

Time will whether Ford has succeeded in Land Rover to improve quality and help erase the it has for prolific oil leaks and electrical Hopefully it will do better the new Range Rover did in registering to last in the July 2003 JD initial quality survey. was before the Ford ownership had to take hold, and it is notable Ford-owned Jaguar had risen into the top half of rankings in the survey.

Meanwhile, it could be worth checking out extended for your Range Rover — these are cheaper if you wait until the factory expires.

The Range Rover Common Problems and Fixes will catalog the problems often reported to me by owners of the new so please write in with experiences so other owners can We are also starting an Ownership page for the Sport, relating hand the good and bad experiences of owners.

Model Year and Updates

For full details of model year, see the Range Model Year Details There is a separate page for model year of the RR Sport, as below.

2005: RR Sport as a 2006 model

2006. continues unchanged

2007. No updates. Minor changes in and options packages.

For full specifications on the Range Rove models, see the RR Sport Technical page.

Unless you particularly the adversarial dealer haggling when buying a new RR, you are much off to do as many car buyers are now doing and a buyer’s broker to do the shopping and making for you. They find the exact car you want and get far prices than you can (even paying their modest They can also handle trade-in and financing if you wish. deliver to your door and paperwork usually takes 10 minutes.

Compare that to the 6.5 a customer usually spends the dealer when bargaining and up for a new car! See the Buyer’s Broker for more details on using a

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