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Leaner, Meaner 2014 Range Rover Sport Debuts

2014 Range Rover Sport

When the Range Rover Sport rolled off the assembly line in 2005, it added some excitement to the Land Rover lineup. Blending the Range Rover’s legendary off-road prowess with blistering on-road performance, it offered some exciting qualities not available in the larger, pricier Rover Rover.

Tonight, Land Rover officially unveiled the second generation. No longer an aging model slotted between the larger Range Rover and the smaller Evoque, it boasts the automaker’s latest design language along with new powertrains, technologies, and interior space. However, it hasn’t lost it’s unique blend of ruggedness and performance.

2014 Range Rover

At first glance, the Evoque’s design language is immediately noticeable. It’s raked windshield, side fender vents, and hood-mounted vents allude to its sporting character. Although it still looks like a substantial full-size SUV, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is 800 pounds less than its predecessor. That’s been made possible by a new, high strength aluminum unibody structure. With such a substantial weight savings, combined with new technologies, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards promises far better driving dynamics than before.

“The all-new Range Rover Sport is a vehicle that has been designed and engineered without compromise,” said Edwards. “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.”

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Under the hood are the same options now available in the latest Range Rover–either a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 or the 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Both engines boast stop/start tech and utilize a ZF eight-speed transmission. Power is routed through a single-speed Torsen differential or an optional two-speed transfer case with low range.

Off-road prowess is assured thanks to Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system and its new Automatic setting. This setting ensures that the vehicle is always driving using the optimum mode, even with the most inexperienced off-roader at the wheel. It’s ability to switch completely automatically between the five settings: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. The new suspension system in the Range Rover Sport also offers more articulation.

2014 Range Rover Sport image

As with any new vehicle donning a Range Rover badge, the interior of the Sport is more plush than before. The biggest update is the new power-operated third row of seats. But make no mistake, these seats are for kids or adults on an “occasional basis”, according to Land Rover.

The all-new Range Rover Sport can be had for a base price of $63,495. With all the bells and whistles, the range-topping Autobiography model will boast a $93,295 price tag.

The new Range Rover Sport truly does it all, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out more images and an extremely thorough press release posted below.

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