Land Rover, the British firm specializing in luxury SUVs and the highest performance both on-road and off-road, presented the new Range Rover Sport, which is now lighter, more powerful, more efficient and more luxurious than its previous version and much more around than your competition.
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Evolution of perfection
Developed based on the brand new Land Rover Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport benefits from the new aluminum structure that makes 800 pounds lighter than the predecessor model, new engineering in its chassis and suspension for a more dynamic handling and a new engine and transmission that makes it more powerful and more efficient, thanks also it is 6% more aerodynamic.
This new generation has 191 inches long – shorter than most midsize sedans – but grew by 2.5 inches which was used to give 7 inches more interior space, for comfort to its passengers.
It also has a third row of seats folding completely, while it is not ideal for adult passengers, it can accommodate two children without any problems.
The cabin includes the characteristic atmosphere of luxury Land Rover, with materials of highest quality, including leather, wood and polished aluminum, in addition to the panoramic roof as standard equipment, hinged doors absorbent closed and tailgate automatic operation .
Communication systems, security and entertainment include the latest generation of GPS navigation with eight-inch touch screen and high definition color, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and even a fridge to keep the drinks cold.
Land Rover offers three audio systems Meridian ™ signature, ranging from the basic 825 Watts, to one of 1,700 Watts of power with 23 speakers and 3D sound technology.
The instrument panel is fully digital and can be adapted to suit the driver and has a 12.3-inch panel up as an option.
Engineering for high performance
Compared to the Land Rover Range Rover 2013 on which it is based, the Range Rover Sport has a structure 25% stiffer, is 5.9 inches shorter, 2.17 inches shorter and 100 pounds lighter, which gives it its character completely sport that has characterized it since the debut of its first generation in 2005.
These features have made it the best selling Land Rover and has Judging by the fact that orders to its main plant of the firm in Britain have up to nine months of waiting, their success was guaranteed before its release model market.
The performance, both on streets and highways and off-road, have greatly improved thanks to the engineering that was developed after more than the equivalent of 800 weeks under the most extreme conditions of up to 40 degrees Farenheith under 0 to 126, the same as at sea level and high mountain on all types of terrain.
The new model includes a Dynamic Management Mode, which configures the chassis, steering, cornering better response thanks to the Torque Vectoring System technology and adjusting the steering response, acceleration and speed changes.
Security systems include technology Intelligent Cruise Control, peripheral vision camera, blind spot monitor, plus bags front, side and curtain air, even for passengers in the third row of seats.
For the off-road performance, the Range Rover Sport has a floor height 10.9 inches (more than any other luxury SUV), extraordinarily capable system in addition to the Terrain Response® 2 of five modes of operation – gravel, grass, snow, mud-sand and rock climbing, and control technology it tilted up and down, control stability, control and anti rollover suspension with the greatest degree of articulation of the segment.
Power and Efficiency
For the first time since its debut in 2005, the Range Rover Sport can be equipped with a V6 engine supercharged 3.0-liter that generates 340 horsepower, besides the already known supercharged V8 5.0-liter that generates impressive 510 horsepower.
The reduction of 800 pounds compared to the previous model thanks to its new aluminum structure, the Stop / Start technology – which shuts off the engine as soon as the vehicle automatically stops and starts as soon as the driver takes his foot off the pedal brake – and the new electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission eight changes, help the efficiency of gasoline consumed.
Official figures for fuel consumption Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the V6 engine are 17 mpg city, 23 highway and 19 combined average and the V8 14 miles in city, 19 highway and combined average of 16.
Which translates to a range of independence of more than 500 miles for the model with the V6 engine and almost 450 for the V8, with its tank with a capacity of 27.7 gallons.
In addition to the high levels of efficiency, Range Rover Sport has a performance superior to many sports, thanks split its new aluminum suspension, whose essential parts were designed specifically to enhance the driving experience.
The model with the 5.0-liter V8 engine is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds, 0.9 seconds faster than the previous model and a half second faster than the Porsche Boxster, incredible as it seems.
Meanwhile, the new model with V6 engine, makes it in 6.9 seconds, a record 0.3 seconds faster than the previous model with 5.0-liter V8 engine and 375 horsepower.
The top speed of both models is limited electronically to 155 mph.
To control all this power, the Range Rover Sport comes equipped from the factory with the brake system of the Italian Brembo, with six pistons and 14.96-inch discs in the front and 14.32-inch rear wheels.
Both models can carry wheels 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches, with optional special tires for mud and snow. In either configuration, the Range Rover Sport has towing capacity of up to 7.700 pounds.
Am I buy it?
Land Rover recognized in the list of models of competition to the Porsche Cayenne, the BMX X5, the Mercedes-Benz ML Class and Audi Q7, but the fact is that the Range Rover Sport is in a category almost exclusive by virtue of their high level of luxury, technology, sports performance and off-road capability.
For these reasons, it is the model of the British firm’s best-selling worldwide and fundamental factor to keep Land Rover with high levels of profit since it was sold by the Ford Motor Company to Tata Group of India in 2007.
The new 2014 Range Rover Sport is available in four versions are the following base prices (Manufactuer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP), plus the $ 895 charge for distribution and delivery
Range Rover Sport SE V6 supercharged 340 horsepower. $ 63.495, Range Rover Sport HSE V6 Supercharged 340 hp. $ 68.495, Range Rover Sport Supercharged V8 510 horsepower: $ 79.995. ; Range Rover Sport Autobiography Supercharged V8 engine with 510 horsepower: $ 93.295.
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