Land Rover has unveiled a new generation Range Rover Sport, which is larger than its predecessor, has a longer wheelbase and the top-of-the-range model gets a 525bhp twin-turbo V8.
The latest version of the Range Rover Sport has been unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover. Now in its third generation, the Range Rover Sport has a more modern and aerodynamic appearance, while retaining the Range Rover look. Land Rover currently offers several types of propulsion, including a petrol/diesel mild hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and a Range Rover V8, with a fully electric model planned for the near future.
Both models were developed at the same time as the full-size Range Rover launched a year ago and, while they share some aspects of exterior design, they are very different in terms of interior design. The headlights are fitted with digital LEDs that are as compact as possible, while the rear lights have switched to surface mounted LEDs. Off-road capability is underlined by short front and rear overhangs, and the wheelbase is 75 mm longer than the previous model. The vehicle rides on 23-inch diameter light-alloy wheels, available in a variety of designs.
Inside the cabin, the driver is more centrally located than in the luxury-oriented Range Rover. In addition to the 13.7-inch driver’s screen, a 13.1-inch screen with Pivi Pro software is available. Customers can choose from a range of materials, including ultra-colours and eco-friendly materials. As well as the 29-speaker Meridian audio system, there is a ventilation system, electric tuning and many other features.
The engine will be a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with 525 horsepower, which will enable the car to reach 100 kilometres per hour in 4.5 seconds. There are also some options for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), such as the 3.0-litre Ingenium six-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 141bhp electric motor, which together produce 503bhp and allow an electric range of 112 kilometres. Other engines, such as the D300/D350 diesel or the P400 petrol, are equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system. BMW, with whom Range Rover has a partnership for the production of certain engines, such as the V8, could also supply the Range Rover Sport’s electric powertrain.