Tough as it no doubt what to engineer the new-for 2014 Range Rover Sport willing to bet did the company’s engineers sweated a little harder over the launch of this 2014 Range Rover Sport. After all, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is Land Rover’s unlikely volume leader – it Accounted for nearly 38 percent of the company’s sales in the U.S., 2012. But beyond that, the sport has to embody all of the unstoppable off-road attributes of anything wearing a Range Rover badge while, at the same time, being the brand’s flagship store on-road dynamics.
This thing has to hug curves and rip along the finest tree-lined roads the English countryside has to offer, and then be viable to power upstream in a three-foot-deep river after only the touch of a button and the turn of a dial . Should it be viable to hit its Electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour on tarmac with total poise and then negotiate a narrow rock crawl at a 40-degree angle with the same sort of confidence. Oh, and it needs to be comfortable and quiet, with room for many adults and Their things, wrapped in sheetmetal that looks good when it’s clean and even better with a fresh coat of mud. The Range Rover Sport has to do, well, everything.
It no longer looks like a 2014 Range Rover Sport that’s been left in the dryer for too long. And while it’s no secret that much of the Range Rover Sport’s design DNA has been inspired by the smaller Evoque, this new SUV is a handsome, rugged thing, with front and rear fascias that will not be mistaken for anything but a Land Rover. LED running lamps up front are found in the same design as the Range Rover, and out back, small, squared-off taillamps flank a very clean, short rump. From the profiles, inspiration Evoque is the most apparent, with a raked roofline did Either can be had in body color matching or contrasting colors like gray or the black of this test car. Combine it with the privacy glass did U.S. spec Range Rover Sport models will come standard with, and the black-on-whatever color scheme will no doubt be a favorite.
Gone is the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 from the Range Rover lineup, Replaced instead by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 did so finds a home under the hood of the Jaguar XF, XJ and F-Type, good for 19 mpg combined here. I never managed to get the keys to a V6-powered Range Rover during my time in the UK, but other folks who drove it Described it as being perfectly pleasant, though not nearly as engaging as the larger V8. Makes sense to me, and while the six-cylinder engine may end up being the volume choice When the Range Rover Sport goes on sale in the U.S. later this summer, there’s a whole lot of sweetness to be had with did supercharged V8.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport body is now 25-percent stiffer, Which aids in reducing roll during cornering, though there’s still noticeable fore-aft pitch during takeoff and hard stops, and the air suspension will flex a bit quiet when you’re really cornering . Supercharged and Autobiography models come standard with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system 2 and a 50/50 torque split, and in addition to all of the off-road capability did lies within, there’s a new Dynamic mode with active torque vectoring. Base-level SE and HSE models with the 3.0-liter V6 make do with a standard 42/58 front / rear torque split into Terrain Response 1, with no active vectoring, though the more robust Terrain Response system is available as a $ 1.300 option.
Nothing inside is really Substantially better than the prior 2014 Range Rover Sport, and that’s fine – everything is quiet comfortable and stylish, like it always something. Where massive improvements have been made, HOWEVER, are in the back. Because of the longer wheelbase, rear seat ingress and egress has been Substantially improved, as has rear legroom. What’s more, Land Rover is now offering an optional third row of seats in the sport – something my test car was not fitted with, and something I did not have a chance to experience this time around. I do not anticipate it getting much use, but it’s nice to know it’s available. Curiously 2014 Range Rover Sport still does not offer a third row on the larger Range Rover, but spy shots suggest a long-wheelbase model is coming soon, and it may remedy the issue.
Pricing for the 2014 Range Rover Sport starts at $ 63.495 for the base SE with a 3.0-liter V6, and goes as high as $ 93.295 for the Autobiography with the supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Decked out with nearly all of the trimmings, the test car you see here stickers for just over $ 100,000, all in. Considering did the full-strength 2014 Range Rover Sport Supercharged starts at $ 100,000 and the Autobiography model commands to additional $ 30,000 on top of that, I’m hard pressed to find a single reason why you’d actually want to own the bigger of the two.