2013 Range Rover Sport

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Year: 2013
Make: Landrover
Model: Landrover Range-Rover Sport
Transmission: 8-speed automatic gearbox
Horsepower @ RPM: 510
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-100 time: 7.2 sec.
Price: INR 10900000
car segment: luxury cars
car fuel: diesel cars
body style: suv

Land Rover is here with the new updated 2013 Range Rover sport, it is a sporty version of the big Range Rover. Now because I said sporty that does not mean that this Range Rover is not powerful or it lacks any of the technologies and luxuries that Land Rover usually includes in their SUV’s. Well this new Range Rover Sport is equally luxurious and powerful like the other Range Rover’s but this SUV has the sporty nature too that you just cannot ignore. Land Rover claimed that this new 2013 Range Rover sport is the fastest Land Rover ever built in its history. The new Range Rover Sports was unveiled at New York in the month of March and the person who drove the car to the podium was non other than James Bond actor Daniel Craig himself.

The new Range Rover Sport will be available in India with two engine options and they are the bigger and powerful 5.0-litre 510PS V8 Petrol engine and the smaller engine is a 288bhp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. This new Range Rover is a serious offroader and has the ability to conquer any terrain. This new Range Rover Sport is feature packed and just like other Range rover products has been fitted with lots of modern technologies which makes it one of the most rugged and powerful offroading vehicle of this planet.

Update 17/10/13 Land Rover launched the Range Rover Sport in India with 2 engine options a 3.0-litre diesel V6 and a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8. Both the engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The prices are also updated and provided below.

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Exterior

The new 2013 Range Rover sport looks like a typical Land Rover product and shares some styling cues with the Range Rover Evoque, its massive but stylish appearance is surely impressive. The front of the SUV has the Dark Atlas grille which makes the front look solid and muscular beside that the front stylish xenon headlamps along with the daytime running lamps adds the extra oomph! factor to the front facial of the SUV. The front bumper looks muscular too and the little cladding at the front bumper even makes it look more attractive. When it comes to the side profile of the sporty SUV the first thing that attracts everyones attention are the massive 19 inch alloy wheels. Rest of the side profile looks similar to any other Range Rover specially the huge ground clearance, there is one more speciality in this Range Rover its design is not typical boxy type it has beautiful flowing lines all over its body which was well! missing in earlier Range Rovers.

coming to the rear of the SUV one can identify the SUV by the huge Range Rover written at the rear. Offcourse the stylish looking rear tail lamps also looks attractive, lastly the huge rear spoiler at the end of the sloping roof is also another main attraction of this SUV. Overall the new car does not look rough edged and has a beautiful flowing lines and curves all around the new SUV.

Interior

The Range Rover Sport also also has a third row seating option.

When it comes to the interiors there are lots of stuffs worth mentioning. The most impressive thing about this SUV is its driving position. Although this SUV looks huge from outside but still the driving position is apt for almost every kind of person be it short or tall, male or female. The seats inside provide utmost luxury and are well cocooned with colored top notch quality leather materials. Both the front driver seats are electronically adjustable. The rear seats are spacious and offers maximum comfort for the passengers inside. There are also few other small features which looks excellent too, take for example the front center storage compartments or the LED lights which has been added to front door casings to help you exit the vehicle quickly at night and beside that the lights also makes the ambiance of the interior amazing. There is also a huge electrical sunroof which lets you enjoy every kind of weather. The new Range Rover interiors are well equipped with lots of goodies and Land rover also maintained the overall sporty theme not only in its exteriors but in its interiors too.

Engine specification

Only two engine options for India

Coming to the most important part of any premium car its engine and performance. The Range Rover Sport packs some serious firepower under its hood, the Sport will be available in both Petrol and Diesel engines in India as I have already mentioned earlier. The two engines that will be available are a 5.0-litre 510PS V8 and the smaller Diesel engine is a 3.0-litre 288bhp V6 engine. Both these engines packs a lot of punch and there is plenty of torque available too when you push the accelerator. The new range Rover is a whole lot quicker than its predecessor thanks to Land Rover they have taken around 420 kilos of extra burden out of this new Range Rover sport and as a result this new SUV has become more responsive and quick. The new Range Rover sport reaches 0-100 Km in just under 5 seconds which is really impressive for a vehicle of this size. The engines have been mated with a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox. There is absolutely no problem or any complain with the gearbox because it keeps the vehicle in right power band and gives you ample power when you step on the accelerator every time.

The engine also has been fitted with a an advanced intelligent Stop/Start system which improves fuel consumption up to 7 percent.

Ride and handling

The Torque vectoring system reduces understeer in the new Range Rover Sport

Land Rover has always been on the top when it comes to ride and handling characteristics. This new Range Rover Sports also has all the technology and features that makes it one of the best handling vehicles both on the road and off it. The first thing worth mentioning is that the new Ranger Rover sport has a lightweight aluminum body structure which makes the new Range Rover Sport 39 percent lighter than its predecessors. It has been fitted with continuously variable dampers (CVD) which enhances its good handling characteristics. There is also Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and torque Vectoring to reduce under-steer especially in the corners. This new Range Rover Sport also has a huge ground clearance of 278 mm and a water wading capacity of 850mm which is 150 mm more than its predecessor. The Range Rover sport has been fitted with a wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. It also has an advanced automatic Terrain response system which automatically selects the terrain programme all by itself.

The steering feels direct and responsive and it needs minimum effort from the person driving the vehicle regardless of its huge size. Lastly there is a choice two select a 4 wheel drive system or a 2 wheel drive system depending on the type of terrain.

Safety features

The Range Rover sport has plenty of safety features to keep the occupant safe inside the vehicle:
- Airbags (Range Rover Sport features six airbags, with the front row having side thorax and front airbags, side curtain airbags are also fitted covering front and rear rows)
- Remote control locking
- Electronic braking system (EBA)
- Trailer stability assist
- Perimetric alarm

Pricing

The Range Rover Sport is available in S, SE, HSE and Autobiography trim levels and priced at Rs 1.09 crore for the 3.0-litre V6 diesel variant and Rs 1.65 crore for the top-end 5.0-litre SC petrol Autobiography variant. (All the above prices are based on ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Competition

As I already mentioned earlier that the Range Rover Sport has not been launched here in India yet but when it will, the Range Rover sport will face some serious competition from the BMW X5 which is already present in the Indian market.

BMW X5

The premium German car manufacturing brand BMW has also tried to make the X5 an allrounder just like the Range Rover Sport. It also has been fitted with a powerful engine and advanced technology which adds more stability and improves the SUV handling characteristics on road and off it, not to mention that this car is equally luxurious like the Range Rover Sport on the inside.

Conclusion

The new Range Rover Sport is really sporty and fast and has lots of new features which makes it one of the most exciting cars that you can drive on and off the road. The new Range Rover also packs some serious punch from its engine and thus makes it one of the most powerful vehicles in its segment also. The new automatic terrain select system is really impressive in the new SUV. One can drive the SUV anywhere and reach anyplace with all the luxuries provided inside its cabin.

Quotes

“The Sport will come to India this October with two engines – the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 with 503bhp and the 288bhp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Ex-showroom prices should be between Rs 90 lakh and Rs 1.3 crore, and if you’re the kind of person who likes both the thrill of a fast, sharp-handling sports car and the rugged appeal of a proper off-roader rolled into one vehicle, few other SUVs can combine it better than this.”—Autocar India

The all-new Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world today on the streets of New York, is the ultimate premium sports SUV - the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever. The Manhattan skyline was the perfect backdrop for this world premiere with more units of Range Rover Sport sold in the United States than any other global market and New York being the model’s best-selling city.
Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed all-new Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport now delivers the brand’s best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The new, technology-packed, Range Rover Sport, presents customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating.
Exploiting Land Rover’s breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Sport’s all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg*. This transforms the vehicle’s dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience, along with CO2 emissions reduced to 194g/km.
Speaking ahead of the official world premiere at the New York International Auto Show, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards said: "The all-new Range Rover Sport is a vehicle that has been designed and engineered without compromise. With Land Rover capability at its heart, it is one of the most road focussed 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.
"Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities," adds Edwards.
Design: assertive, powerful and muscular
The dynamic new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design that is assertive, powerful and muscular, hinting at the improved driving performance, and positioning the vehicle clearly between the Range Rover and the Evoque through a clear, shared design DNA.
Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "The new Range Rover Sport is the ultimate luxury SUV. A new Range Rover Sport for a new era. Relevant, sustainable and utterly desirable. Alongside the all-new Range Rover, and the Range Rover Evoque, the new Range Rover Sport represents the third distinct product in Land Rover’s product revolution. Firmly establishing it as a powerhouse British brand, with exceptional Design at its core."
With a fresh interpretation of the previous model’s distinctive design, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary appearance combined with enhanced use of space. The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4850mm, it is shorter than other 7-seater SUVs and most E segment sedans, bringing greater manoeuvrability and ease of parking. However, a significantly longer wheelbase (increased by 178mm) provides greater room and improved access for rear passengers.
Shorter overhangs at the front and rear, plus additional width (+55mm) give the new vehicle a more modern stance.
With its ’faster’ windscreen angle, streamlined and rounded profile and lower, dynamic sloping roofline, the new Range Rover Sport is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing vehicle (Cd 0.34). The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the all-new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
While it was developed alongside the Range Rover and shares some commonality with its sister vehicle, the all-new Range Rover Sport benefits from 75 percent unique parts, a significant number of which directly influence the way the new Sport looks and feels.
To maximise personalisation, customers will be offered a choice of wheel designs ranging through 19-, 20-, 21- and 22-inches in diameter including the iconic "Viper’s Nest" wheel design, now available for the first time across all Range Rover models.
Capability: the broadest range of abilities in an SUV
The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement. The lightweight aluminium suspension is fully-independent, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
Wheel-travel is class-leading (260mm front and 272mm rear) and provides exceptional wheel articulation of 546mm to deal with the toughest conditions. Maximum ground clearance is increased to (+51mm) and the upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights, while the next generation ground-breaking Terrain Response® 2 system automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme.
Fifth generation air suspension provides up to 115mm of regular movement, from the lowest setting ’access height’ (now 10mm lower at 50mm for easier entry and exit) to the standard off-road height. An automatic extension, triggered by sensors, and a manually-selected extension, both raise the Sport by 35mm, giving a total movement range of 185mm.
The re-engineered air suspension system with its new +35mm intermediate setting means that the off-road mode can remain available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h) than was possible before, which is valuable in terrain with long, rutted dirt roads.
All-new, the electric power steering is characterised by a lighter, more direct steering feel. A choice of two full-time 4WD systems will be offered. One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option, for the most demanding off-road conditions with a front-rear 50/50 percent default torque split, and 100 percent locking capability.
The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential, which automatically distributes torque to the axle with most grip, working together with the traction control systems to deliver excellent traction in all conditions. The default front-rear torque split of 42/58 percent is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics.
Powertrains: four engine choices from launch, with new Hybrid to follow
At launch, all-new Range Rover Sport customers will have a choice of four engines - two supercharged petrol engines (5.0-litre 510PS V8 and the new 3.0-litre 340PS V6) and two diesel engines (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 292PS SDV6). The powertrain line-up will be expanded later in this year by the addition of a high performance 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel version. In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel Hybrid model will be available to order later this year for delivery in 2014.
Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-60mph dash start from sub-5.0 seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by up to 24 percent - depending on model - and CO2 emissions start as low as 194g/km. All petrol and diesel engines in the new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The weight reduction measures on the new Range Rover Sport open up the future possibility for the fitment of a smaller, lighter power plant, such as a four cylinder engine. A model which could have an overall weight of less than 2000kg, a reduction of over 500kg* from the previous lightest model.
Sustainability: first in class withlightweight aluminium construction
The all-new Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle in its segment to feature an advanced all-aluminium body structure, which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers significantly reduced weight and enhanced sustainability.
Engineered in parallel with the highly-acclaimed new Range Rover, the new model’s lightweight aluminium body structure employs a combination of pressed panels, plus cast, extruded and rolled aluminium alloy parts, so the strength is concentrated precisely where the loads are greatest. The vehicle’s platform is 39 percent lighter than the previous model’s.
In 2014, the new Sport’s improvement in efficiency will be raised to a new level with the introduction of an ultra-efficient diesel Hybrid achieving CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
All models across the range are fitted with an advanced intelligent Stop/Start system which improves fuel consumption by up to 7 percent.
Interior: modern and luxurious with a strong sporting character
The new Sport provides an interior with distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues, superior detailing and craftsmanship.
A design benchmark in its segment, the Sport interior offers a unique blend of style and understated luxury with strong, elegant lines, top quality materials and an extra dash of sporting character. Strong, architectural forms within the interior have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin.
The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker steering wheel, vertical gear shifter, higher centre console, configurable mood lighting and more generous seat bolsters. The Sports Command Driving Position (CDP) combines the supreme sense of confidence and control offered by the Range Rover, with a more sporting seating position similar to the Evoque.
Interior packaging is optimised to create a more spacious rear cabin with 24mm more knee room, while occupants also benefit from the wider cabin. New, neatly integrated third row, occasional 5+2 seating can be specified. These powered seats leave a flat floor with no loss of boot space and are split 50/50.
Technology: customer-focused vehicle and safety features
The new Range Rover Sport has been developed as the ultimate ’no compromise’ vehicle that will fit perfectly into its customers’ lifestyles. It has been engineered to incorporate the latest developments in customer-focused vehicle and safety technologies to enhance comfort, confidence and safety behind the wheel.
New or enhanced chassis technologies for the new Sport include Adaptive Dynamics featuring continuously variable dampers (CVD), and on more powerful models, a dedicated Dynamic mode in the Terrain Response® 2 system for enthusiastic on-road driving. This system is combined with twin-channel Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking, which transfers torque to the outside wheels during cornering, reducing understeer.
The new Range Rover Sport offers a comprehensive connectivity package enabling customers to stay seamlessly connected to their vehicle, business and family lives.’Connected car’ technology allows the driver to check the status of the vehicle via an App installed on their smartphone and also provides support features such as Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Emergency Call and Land Rover Assist Call. Finally, a high bandwidth Wi-Fi Hotspot can be installed in the vehicle so that passengers can use the internet and get the best data connection for their smartphones or tablets.
A new, optional colour Head-Up Display presents key vehicle and navigation data without the driver needing to look away from the road, using laser technology for superior clarity and contrast.
The new model introduces a digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver awareness: Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist. Another unique innovation on the Sport is the new Wade Sensing™ feature that provides ’depth’ information when driving through water, made even more beneficial to the driver now that the Sport’s maximum wading depth has increased by 150mm over the previous model to 850mm.
Conclusion
The all-new Range Rover Sport, with its greatly enhanced versatility, is destined to continue the outstanding success of its predecessor, which quickly became one of Land Rover’s most popular models following its introduction in 2005, with sales exceeding 380,000 units to date.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the new model will be produced in a state-of-the-art low-energy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK.
On sale during the third quarter of 2013, the new Range Rover Sport will ultimately be introduced in 169 markets worldwide. Most markets will offer customers a choice of four equipment levels (S, SE, HSE and Autobiography), plus new ’Dynamic’ versions of the HSE and Autobiography. An extensive choice of colours, finishes and details will enable customers to create the ultimate bespoke SUV.

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Conclusion
  • Horse Power
    510 HP
  • Top speed
    130 mph
  • 0 - 100
    MPH
    Under
    7.2 sec.
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