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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
“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
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