RANGE ROVER SPORT LAUNCHED IN SOUTH AFRICA
ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT LAUNCHED “THE FASTEST, MOST AGILE, MOST RESPONSIVE LAND ROVER EVER”
- New, modern interpretation of Range Rover Sport completes three-model Range Rover portfolio
- Transformational on-road dynamics with world’s best all-terrain performance gives unrivalled breadth of capability
- Impeccable composure and refinement delivering exceptional ride comfort
- Superbly crafted, luxurious and more flexible interior
- Weight saving of up to 420kg brings agility and exceptional performance, with up to 14 percent CO2 reduction and improved fuel economy
- Based on Range Rover’s aluminium platform, but with 75 percent of parts specific to Sport for a unique look and feel.
- Choice of two drivetrains, including single speed transfer case with Torsen centre differential
Pretoria, 5 November, 2013 – The all-new Range Rover Sport, revealed to the South African media at OR Tambo International Airport today, is the ultimate premium sports SUV – the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever. Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed Range Rover, the all-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 and a more luxurious interior.
1. RANGE ROVER SPORT DESIGN
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been designed to capture the distinctive DNA of its predecessor, but with a bold evolution which has placed it firmly at the heart of the marque’s striking new three-model portfolio between the Range Rover and the Evoque.
Range Rover Sport occupies a unique position within its segment, and the new model builds on those core strengths with a design which confirms its status as the definitive premium Sports SUV. With its ‘faster’ windscreen angle, streamlined profile and sloping roofline, the new Sport is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the previous model and achieves a drag figure of Cd 0.34.
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.
“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 new Range Rover, and the Range Rover Evoque, the all-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,” said Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern.
1.1 Bold and progressive exterior design
The dynamic all-new Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design which positions the vehicle confidently within the latest Range Rover line-up. With a fresh interpretation of the current model’s strong design DNA, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary appearance, with its sloping roofline offering a distinctive sporting character.
The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4850mm, it is shorter than rival 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. The new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.
Exciting new interpretations of Range Rover Sport design cues include the signature clamshell bonnet, floating roof and side fender vents. The vehicle also features bold new versions of the powerful wheel arch graphic, horizontal body feature lines and distinctive rocker mouldings which are key elements of the model’s strong DNA.
While retaining the powerful Range Rover Sport character, the front end has a more modern, streamlined appearance, with its slimmer lights, rearward sloping grille and more sculpted corners.
“The ‘S’ in SUV is taken to another level with the all-new Range Rover Sport. It’s dramatic and powerful with immense road presence. It has a low centre of gravity that promotes a dynamic stance while communicating its athletic capabilities. Its sporting characteristics are further emphasised by the vehicle’s high belt line, short overhangs and distinctive silhouette, there really is nothing else like it,” said Gerry McGovern.
Eye-catching design details serve to emphasise the all-new Range Rover Sport’s more dynamic and contemporary character. The side fender vents are executed with a more dynamic, sloping treatment. Matching twin vents are executed in the bonnet, enhancing the powerful and sporting character of the vehicle.
Designers have also continued the classic Range Rover Sport two-bar theme, reflected in the twin strakes on the fender vents, the two bar front grille, and the twin lines in the tail lamp graphics.
Near-flush side glazing, combined with a premium gloss black finish to the pillars, enhance the bold Range Rover Sport floating roof graphic – which can be highlighted with three contrast roof colours of grey, black or silver – while also emphasising the more streamlined form of the body. Brembo brake calipers finished in red and a Black Pack which removes all brightwork from the exterior, are also available to create a more bespoke appearance.
At the front, the large outboard air intakes and bold trapezoidal shapes housing the central bumper beam and skid plate send out a strong, high performance message. The same trapezoidal theme is repeated at the rear, with the skid plate flanked by large twin exhaust outlets.
The front lamps continue the bold evolution of the Sport, with highly distinctive LED signature graphics which feature a new distinctive graphic. The slimmer design creates a more aggressive, technical appearance.
At the rear, the lamps have a more compact treatment with a striking new design that uses LED technology. The main tail and stop lamps echo the headlamps’ distinctive design language, while the direction indicators use a new interpretation of the ‘twin line’ graphic from the current model.
Both front and rear lamps flow round into the shoulders of the body with the distinctive tapering blade graphic featured on the other vehicles in the latest Range Rover portfolio.
1.2 Modern, luxurious interior with a strong sporting character
“Strong Range Rover architectural elements are combined with a less is more pared down approach to create a sporting luxury environment that promotes greater driving engagement
“The use of top quality materials and material finishes applied with the highest levels of precision enhance this exciting and cocooning design. It’s simply a great place to be,” said Gerry McGovern.
The interior has a sophisticated and modern appearance, incorporating distinctive Range Rover Sport design cues and providing the driver with a luxurious and sporting cockpit. For the new model, the strong, architectural forms of the design have been enhanced by a cleaner, purer surface treatment, beautifully executed using top quality materials.
Building on the signature Range Rover Sport interior architecture, the centrepiece of the cabin is the bold intersection between the strong horizontal elements of the instrument panel and the vertical lines of the centre stack. The dynamic character of the cockpit is enhanced by the faster angle of the centre stack, with its striking satin chrome pillars which flow from the instrument panel through into the rear cabin and the aluminium accents that flow from the centre console into the fascia.
The centre console is mounted higher, positioning the controls closer to the driver and creating a more cocooning sensation for the front occupants. This cocooning feel is emphasised by the strong visual graphic of the fascia mid-section trim accents linking to the doors, and surrounding the occupants with a band of contrasting colour.
The sporting ambience of the interior is also reflected in the smaller diameter, thicker rimmed steering wheel, vertical gear shifter and seats with more generous side bolsters.
The front and rear seats feature a more sculptured design with enhanced padding to the front and individual seating in the second row. Special attention has been given to providing increased rear seat comfort, offering improved rear legroom (+24mm knee room) and shoulder-room.
Superior materials, superior craftsmanship
Every new Range Rover Sport is crafted using the highest quality materials, with carefully selected colours and textures to enhance the model’s unique blend of luxury with a distinctive sporting character. The use of more technical finishes and veneers gives the cabin a more dynamic and contemporary feel.
Material quality has been raised to a new level, with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin, such as the fascia mid-section.
Luxurious soft-touch surfaces are offset by authentic metal details which are cool to the touch and stunning to look at. These include the striking satin chrome pillars each side of the centre stack with an immaculate noble plated finish, and the choice of distinctive aluminium finishes on the centre console, fascia ends and door trims.
The obsession with quality and traditional craftsmanship can be seen in the beautifully tailored twin-needle stitching used to finish the sumptuous leather seats and leather-wrapped interior surfaces. The impeccable stitching is specified precisely by Range Rover experts, from the length and direction of the stitching, to the spin, thickness and material of the thread. Even the size and shape of the needle is defined, to guarantee the highest quality finish.
1.3 Individual choice for discerning customers
To maximise personalisation, the all-new Range Rover Sport offers even more individual choice for customers to enable them to create their own bespoke vehicle, with an outstanding selection of colour themes and finishes.
An expanded choice of special features includes innovations such as colour-themed interiors with duo or tri-tone designs, a stunning range of factory fitted alloy wheels from 20-to 22-inches in diameter including the iconic “Viper’s Nest” wheel available for the first time across all Range Rover models.
The full range of design options available to Range Rover Sport customers will include:
- 7 interior colour themes, plus additional choice of seat colour
- 3 aluminium interior finishes, 3 real wood veneers
- 3 headliner colours
- 19 exterior paint finishes
- 3 contrast roof colours – Corris Grey, Santorini Black or Indus Silver
- 10 alloy wheel designs, on 20-, 21- and 22-inch including accessory fit wheels
- Atlas Silver, Dark Atlas or Gloss Black finish for the exterior accents
- Illuminated tread plate
2. DYNAMIC CAPABILITY
The all-new Range Rover Sport marks a significant step forward for the model, adopting advanced lightweight vehicle technologies and new powertrains from the highly acclaimed new Range Rover, to transform the driving experience for customers seeking the ultimate premium sports SUV.
This unprecedented investment in premium technologies has reinforced the Range Rover Sport’s unique proposition in the SUV segment, delivering significantly improved on-road handling with enhanced capability in challenging off-road conditions.
“The all-new Range Rover Sport is the result of a huge engineering effort to deliver numerous breakthrough technologies,” said Nick Rogers, Range Rover Vehicle Line Director. “With its aerospace-inspired body, the dynamic performance of this vehicle on all terrains has been transformed. We are confident that this vehicle is not only the most capable vehicle in its class, but also has the broadest range of capability of any Land Rover product ever.”
2.1 Connected on-road dynamics
The all-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 vehicle’s state-of-the-art aluminium monocoque platform – engineered in parallel with the new Range Rover – is 39 percent lighter than the previous model’s steel semi-monocoque plus chassis frame design, leading to significantly improved agility and performance.
This stiff and light structure is supported by an all-new lightweight front and rear suspension concept, which has been designed to deliver a much broader range of dynamic capabilities across all terrains.
An all-new steering system, totally re-engineered four-corner air suspension, and the latest chassis and stability technologies – including upgraded Dynamic Response and Adaptive Dynamics systems – also contribute to the step change in ability.
“After just a few moments behind the wheel, customers will appreciate that this all-new Range Rover Sport offers the most dynamic driving experience of any Land Rover vehicle,” said Nick Rogers.
The advanced vehicle specification, together with meticulous tuning by vehicle dynamics specialists has enabled the new Sport to provide an engaging and responsive driving character, while being composed and confident in all conditions.
Its on-road dynamics are characterised by lighter, more direct steering, with increased handling agility and reduced body roll delivering flatter, more confident cornering. Ride comfort and refinement have also been improved, delivering enhanced bump absorption and a more effortless, supple feel.
State-of-the-art lightweight suspension
Underpinning the enhanced driving capability of the all-new Range Rover Sport is a state-of-the-art new lightweight suspension. The result of an extensive Land Rover research programme to identify a next-generation suspension concept for premium AWD vehicles, the new systems use a clean sheet design engineered to deliver best-in-class vehicle dynamics.
Primarily constructed from lightweight aluminium components, the suspension is fully-independent and double isolated, with wide-spaced double-wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.
The new suspension system delivers class-leading wheel travel – with 260mm of movement at the front and 272mm at the rear, compared to less than 200mm for most competitor vehicles – providing exceptional wheel articulation and composure to deal with the toughest conditions.
The lightweight chassis architecture is combined with a next-generation four-corner air suspension to optimise the vehicle’s versatility both on- and off-road. It 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 – Off Road 2, which is 65mm above normal, tarmac ride height. An automatic extension, triggered by sensors, and a further, manually-selected extension, each raise the Sport by another 35mm.
The automatic, extended height is triggered if the suspension is trying to lower, but recognises an obstacle preventing this. The air suspension system will then raise the suspension height by 35mm above Off-Road 2 to provide the required additional clearance. In addition, the driver can also request a final 35mm of clearance via a dashboard control. Total movement range is thus 185mm.
The re-engineered air suspension system also has a new +35mm intermediate setting (Off-Road 1) and this off-road mode remains available at much higher speeds (80km/h up from 50km/h) than was possible before.
To achieve superior performance, both in terms of ride quality and the ability to change swiftly between different ride heights, the air suspension hardware has been completely re-engineered. Ride quality has been improved through the fitment of new low-hysteresis front air springs, which are able to absorb small irregularities much more effectively.
Advanced technologies enhance dynamics
The performance of the suspension systems is enhanced by the use of advanced chassis and vehicle technologies to optimise vehicle dynamics.
Terrain Response® 2 is fitted to vehicles with low-range drivetrains (HSE and HSE Dynamic -specifications), and the system includes a dedicated ‘Dynamic’ mode which provides a more sporting bias during enthusiastic on-road driving, with a firmer ride, tighter body control, reduced roll and more responsive steering and performance.
Dynamic mode activates unique calibrations for a wide range of vehicle and chassis systems including the power steering, throttle and transmission responses, damping and lean control, and settings for the traction and stability systems.
To deliver the ultimate sporting driving experience, Dynamic mode is specified in combination with a number of key technologies including Dynamic Response active lean control, a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential, and Torque Vectoring by Braking.
Significantly reducing the amount of body lean during cornering, Dynamic Response transforms vehicle handling and occupant comfort. A next-generation two channel system, it is capable of controlling the front and rear axles independently, allowing it to be tuned to deliver increased low-speed agility, along with enhanced control and stability at high speed.
The Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential features an electronically controlled differential which can vary the degree of lock-up almost instantaneously to further optimise traction, handling and cornering stability. The rear diff reacts 70ms faster than the outgoing car.
Torque Vectoring by Braking uses the car’s brake system to imitate the effect of a torque vectoring differential, constantly balancing the distribution of engine torque between the four wheels during cornering, resulting in improved grip and steering, and a reduced level of understeer.
The system operates using the car’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) module, and monitors the vehicle 100 times per second. As the car accelerates through a corner, the system uses yaw sensors to detect the beginning of understeer. To reduce this, imperceptible levels of braking are used to correct the vehicle attitude, while engine torque is transferred to the outside wheels which have more grip, thus maintaining traction and steering control.
More powerful Sport models are also equipped with Adaptive Dynamics, featuring continuously variable dampers, providing the optimum balance of ride and control by offering infinitely variable damper settings between soft and firm extremes.
The Adaptive Dynamics system monitors vehicle movements at least 500 times a second, reacting to driver or road inputs virtually instantaneously to give greater control and minimise body roll, providing a composed, flat ride.
A key element of the vehicle’s agile and engaging character, the all-new Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system features variable-ratio speed-sensitive assistance. The system has been meticulously tuned for a more responsive, confident and intuitive character. Geared for three turns lock-to-lock the system provides a faster overall steering ratio, but is slower just around the on-centre position for enhanced stability and control at speed.
Sports Command Driving Position enhances confidence and control
The all-new Range Rover Sport provides drivers with a Command Driving Position (CDP), which combines the supreme sense of confidence and control offered by the Range Rover, but with a more sporting, less upright seating position which is similar to that in the Evoque.
CDP offers an elevated and reassuring view of the vehicle’s surroundings, and the new model has been carefully developed to retain the excellent visibility over the bonnet which contributes to the unique Range Rover character.Meticulous development work on the vehicle package and pillar design ensured that the outstanding all-round visibility of the current vehicle has improved. Despite the vehicle’s sleeker, more aerodynamic profile, it still offers a seating position which is 50 to 100mm higher than its direct competitors.
In development, like all Range Rovers, the new model was given headroom targets, taking into account provision for off-road head movements, which were rigidly enforced, resulting in more generous headroom, and enhanced clearance during off-road excursions.
Intuitive display technologies
The all-new Range Rover Sport offers the driver an enhanced set of displays and controls, introducing the latest technologies in an elegant, uncluttered layout with state-of-the-art functionality.
For the first time on Range Rover Sport, high series models feature the state-of-the-art 12.3-inch high-resolution display technology for the main instrument pack, as pioneered by the Range Rover. This is accompanied by an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display on the centre console for infotainment and secondary functions, with Dual View on HSE versions.
The screen graphics on both displays have been ingeniously designed to create the impression of 3D surfaces, beautifully lit and with subtle chrome detailing. Each display is able to adapt its content according to the driving situation – for example, in Dynamic mode, the two primary dials in the 12.3-inch display adopt a sporting red colour scheme, with the current gear position presented prominently between the two dials.
Where the 12.3-inch screen is not specified, vehicles feature sporty twin analogue dials with a central 5-inch colour display.
Throughout the cockpit, the control layout has been significantly simplified, with 50 percent fewer switches to deliver class-leading ease-of-use.
The intuitive approach is reflected in the other major controls, such as the perfectly-placed vertical gear shifter, the rotary Terrain Response® 2 control, the simplified heating, ventilation and air conditioning dials, and the twin five-way toggle switches and auxiliary functions on the steering wheel.
2.2 Class-leading off-road capability
Building on Land Rover’s legendary history for tackling the toughest climates and road surfaces, the all-new Range Rover Sport has been developed to achieve class-leading all-terrain capability, with supreme composure in all conditions.
Terrain Response® 2 and off-road technologies
The all-new Range Rover Sport enhances its class-leading status through the introduction of the ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which takes the capabilities of the award-winning system to a new level. Developed by a small team of Land Rover specialists, Terrain Response® 2 features an Auto setting which uses sophisticated ‘intelligent’ systems to analyse the current driving conditions, and automatically select the most suitable terrain programme.
Ensuring that the vehicle is always driving using the optimum mode, the new system is able to switch completely automatically between the five settings: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. Like all Terrain Response® systems, each setting optimises driveability and traction by adapting the responses of the car’s engine, gearbox, centre differential and chassis systems to match the demands of the terrain.
While it functions completely automatically, Terrain Response® 2 will also provide the driver with additional advice, such as when to select low range or the off-road ride height, when the system calculates that it is necessary.
Stuart Frith, Range Rover Sport Chief Programme Engineer, explained: “Land Rover’s Terrain Response® 2 enables even non-expert drivers to benefit from the system’s full capabilities, confident that the vehicle is automatically configured in the best possible way for each moment of their trip. So however tough the conditions, the Range Rover Sport will be ready to tackle the journey.”
Another unique Land Rover innovation, introduced for the first time on the all-new Range Rover Sport, is the new Wade Sensing™ feature. Wade Sensing™ uses sensors in the door mirrors to provide the driver with information when driving through water, which is particularly beneficial when visibility is poor and at night. A visual display and warning chimes alert the driver as the water level rises around the vehicle.
To complement these innovative features, the newcomer is also fitted with a unique suite of all-terrain technologies to help maximise performance and safety, including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Roll Stability Control (RSC).
The operation of these braking and stability systems is enhanced by the latest Bosch 6-piston brake modulator which delivers faster responses and smoother, quieter and more precise operation.
Full-time intelligent 4WD systems
The all-new Range Rover Sport offers a choice of two full-time intelligent 4WD systems, each able to find drive on the most challenging low-grip surfaces.
One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option for the most demanding off-road conditions, with a 50/50 percent default front to rear torque split. Optimum traction is maintained through an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the centre differential which distributes torque between the wheels at anything between 100 percent front and 100 percent rear. This is combined with sophisticated electronic traction control systems.
The transfer case offers selectable high and low range, using a two-speed fully synchronized ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to change range from low to high at speeds up to 60km/h without having to stop the vehicle, providing exceptional driving flexibility. The high-range provides a direct drive ratio of 1:1, while the low range ratio is 2.93:1 giving an extremely low crawl speed.
The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features an all-new single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential and 42/58 percent default front to rear torque split that is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics, whilst maintaining off-road performance. The Torsen centre differential constantly varies torque distribution between 62 percent front and 78 percent rear depending on conditions and grip available. The traction control system has been optimised to work in harmony with the differential to deliver excellent traction in all conditions.
To further optimise traction and stability in extreme conditions, certain models are also specified with the Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential in combination with the twin-speed 4WD driveline. The locking rear differential has been further optimised to work in conjunction with the electronic torque vectoring system.
Engineered for total capability
From the very start of its development process, the all-new Range Rover Sport has been designed and engineered to deliver the incredible breadth of capability for which the marque is famous.
The new body structure was optimised in parallel with that of the new Range Rover, representing the most extensive optimisation process ever undertaken by Land Rover. This involved unprecedented use of advanced computer simulation – demanding well over 1000 years of processor time – to deliver outstanding strength and durability, excellent safety and minimum weight.
To analyse the punishing off-road loads which really push a car’s structure to its limits, such as the crunching ‘ditch drop’ impact, engineers turned to the specialised and incredibly powerful simulation tools more typically used to model crash events.
The all-new Range Rover Sport features enhanced body geometry for all-terrain conditions, with a smooth underfloor that helps to provide 51mm more ground clearance than its predecessor at 278mm (measured at the off-road ride height) and approach and departure angles of 33 and 31 degrees. The vehicle underfloor has been specially designed to provide a smooth surface, with a smooth transition between suspension components, to reduce susceptibility to damage or interference.
Wading depth has also been improved significantly – an increase of 150mm over the previous model to 850mm – thanks to an innovative air intake system, which draws air between the inner and outer bonnet panels at the sides of the vehicle before it flows down into the engine’s intake system.
The all-new suspension offers outstanding wheel articulation, and this is further enhanced when the Dynamic Response active lean control system is fitted. If this system detects off-road conditions, it isolates the stabilizer bar and reduces the level of roll compensation, thus allowing greater wheel articulation and increasing the contact patch with the terrain. When operating in Dynamic Response mode, wheel articulation is a class leading 546mm, compared to typical competitors’ offering of less than 450mm.
Stuart Frith, Range Rover Sport Chief Programme Engineer, said: “The new Range Rover Sport may have a sophisticated, sporting appearance, but it’s true Land Rover at heart – it really has an exceptionally broad range of capabilities. We have put the Sport through Land Rover’s legendary testing regimen, where it has survived 18 months of gruelling tests in the harshest conditions imaginable.”
Land Rover toughness and durability
With an unprecedented engineering development process using state-of-the-art virtual simulation tools, followed by Land Rover’s punishing on- and off-road test and development regime, the all-new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to achieve exceptional durability and reliability.
While the initial engineering and optimisation was conducted almost exclusively using computer simulation, vehicle performance and robustness is verified through extensive physical testing, using both driven and rig-based regimes.
Well over 20,000 physical tests have been completed across all components and systems, with a fleet of development vehicles covering countless thousands of miles over 18 months of arduous testing in more than 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces. This included 100 000 kilometres of durability testing in China, Land Rover’s biggest market.
Prototypes were driven in challenging off-road conditions such as sand, mud and snow, and their durability was put to the test in extreme exercises to verify deep wading, underfloor vulnerability, snatch recovery and towing at maximum GTW. Further extreme strength tests include worst-case scenarios, such as driving into kerbs at speed, bridge jumps, ditch drops and sideways kerb strikes.
Punishing longer test regimes provide the ultimate challenge for durability and reliability including the month-long ‘king of the sand’ durability test in intense Middle East desert heat, an 8 000 kilometre mile flat-out endurance drive at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, and gruelling off-road test cycles involving thousands of miles at challenging UK proving grounds.
2.3 Range Rover Sport powertrain
The all-new Range Rover Sport features an enhanced line-up of powerful petrol and diesel engines, all paired with an advanced 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which deliver outstanding performance with immediate responses and a dynamic and connected character.
The substantial weight saving of up to 420kg delivered by the aluminium platform has helped to deliver a step change in the performance on offer, together with significant gains in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Formidable 375kW Supercharged V8
The 375kW 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine retains its place at the performance pinnacle of the line-up. With huge reserves of power and torque, the scale of the performance on offer is reflected in the 0-100kmh time of 5.3 seconds, achieved with a rich sporting soundtrack generated by a carefully tuned exhaust system and sound symposer on the intake system.
Despite the performance boost, fuel efficiency has been improved by 7.4% with CO2 emissions of 321g/km. The V8 has a compact and lightweight all-aluminium design, with class-leading low levels of internal friction. For the new Sport, the engine has been re-optimised around a state-of-the-art new Bosch engine management system.
The engine features high-pressure direct injection with an industry-leading centrally-mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided injection system. Efficiency is further enhanced by an innovative (cam torque actuated) dual independent variable camshaft timing system (VCT). A sixth-generation, twin vortex system (TVS) supercharger is fitted, which offers superior thermodynamic efficiency and extremely refined noise levels.
New 3.0-litre Supercharged V6
Available on the Range Rover Sport for the first time, the 250kW 3.0-litre V6 is a state-of-the-art new supercharged petrol engine for markets favouring smaller capacity units.
The new engine has been engineered to deliver generous torque throughout the rev range, delivering confident performance with outstanding refinement. With this engine, the all-new Range Rover Sport is quicker than the previous version with the 5.0-litre V8, achieving the dash from 0-100kmh in just 7.2 seconds. Enthusiastic drivers will also be pleased with the attractive sporting engine note, emphasised using a sound symposer on the intake system.
The new V6 uses a modular design based on the advanced V8 supercharged engine, sharing that engine’s lightweight all-aluminium construction and leading-edge technologies.
Unique features introduced on the V6 include an innovative balance weight system to ensure exceptionally smooth and refined performance.
Responsive and ultra-efficient SDV6 turbodiesel
The responsive and ultra-efficient 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel has been significantly upgraded for fitment in the all-new Range Rover Sport. The V6 is now rated at 215kW, compared to 180 previously.
With 600Nm of torque, it delivers outstanding performance along with exceptional efficiency. It hits 100kmh in just 7.2 seconds and achieves CO2 emissions of 209g/km – compared to 243 for its predecessor.
To achieve the unprecedented blend of refined performance and remarkable efficiency, the SDV6 engine has been extensively optimised for the new vehicle. It uses a new eight-nozzle low-flow injector design for more precise injection and improved fuel atomisation, a revised intake system with twin intercoolers offers enhanced charge cooling, and features the innovative parallel sequential turbocharging concept which delivers outstanding performance and responsiveness throughout the rev range.
Advanced 8-speed automatic transmission
All petrol and diesel engines in the all-new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic gearbox, which has been tuned by Land Rover engineers to combine silky-smooth shifting with exceptionally rapid responses and outstanding fuel economy. With eight closely-spaced ratios, gearchanges are almost imperceptible, with each shift completed in just 200 milliseconds.
Controls include the sporting vertical gear shifter, plus the option of steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift. Either system enables the driver to take control of gear shifting manually – the transmission will also accept multiple downshifts, maintaining an absolutely smooth transition between ratios.
The transmission is tuned to select torque converter lock-up as early as possible to reduce slip and energy loss. The wider ratio spread, tall ‘overdrive’ top ratio and the fact that no more than two internal clutches are open at any one time, all contribute to improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
Transmission Idle Control disengages 70 percent of the drive when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is idling in Drive, significantly reducing consumption in urban conditions. In cold conditions, the transmission selects a lower gear to speed warm up and quickly get the engine up to its efficient operating temperature.
The hydraulic actuating system has been designed for increased efficiency, with improved pump design and gear control elements.
2.4 Enhanced efficiency drives improved sustainability
The all-new Range Rover Sport demonstrates Land Rover’s commitment to enhancing the sustainability of its products and operations.
With its lightweight aluminium structure and optimised powertrains tit addresses the growing consumer need for more socially acceptable vehicles in a carbon-conscious world.
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s greener credentials stem from a comprehensive approach to reducing environmental impact throughout the life-cycle of the vehicle, from development and manufacturing, to customer use and end-of-life.
The aerodynamic performance of the new Range Rover Sport was optimised during an intensive development campaign using state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools, involving the equivalent of 1.5 million hours (or over 170 years) of processor time.
Special aerodynamic innovations optimised during development were:
- Active vanes – turbodiesel derivatives of the new Sport feature active vanes in the main upper grille aperture, which improve aerodynamics by blanking off the grille when cooling airflow is not required. Electronically controlled, they automatically adjust to one of 16 positions.
- Aerodynamic underfloor panelling – more extensive lightweight panelling has been incorporated to create a smooth, flat profile under the vehicle. Additional deflectors have been added around the front and rear suspension components, with front and rear undertrays around the main driveline components.
- Enhanced air flow – detail features to improve air flow include near-flush glazing on the A-pillars and vehicle side glass; separation edges incorporated in the rear lamps and D-pillars; optimised shaping of the door mirrors and upper rear spoiler.
Careful attention has also been given to water management on the vehicle, including a hydrophobic coating on the front side door glass to help keep it clear of droplets, carefully shaped roof panels to avoid unwanted drips when the tailgate is opened, and a rear wash wipe which is designed to avoid annoying drips.
Low-CO2 powertrain technologies
The advanced diesel and petrol powertrains in the all-new Range Rover Sport have been extensively optimised to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. To ensure the greatest possible fuel efficiency, the latest Sport powertrains incorporate a comprehensive selection of low-CO2 technologies, including:
- Smart regenerative charging – the electrical charging system has an intelligent power management system which prioritises charging when the car is decelerating, capturing the wasted kinetic energy and reducing the fuel demand of the electrical system.
- High-pressure direct injection – both petrol and diesel engines feature the latest high-pressure direct injection technology for more efficient combustion.
- Optimised low-friction designs –state-of-the-art engine designs which have been carefully developed to minimise frictional losses.
- Low viscosity transmission fluids – the 8-speed automatic is specified with the latest low viscosity fluid to maximise efficiency.
Fuel consumption is further reduced by adopting energy efficient Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) in place of the previous hydraulic system, cutting CO2 emissions by over 3 percent.
Drivers may also make use of a new ECO Driving feature which provides them with information and feedback via the 8-inch touchscreen about the level of fuel consumption they are achieving, to help them adopt more economical driving habits.
Sustainable by design, with lifecycle approach
In order to minimise the car’s overall ecological impact, the all-new Range Rover Sport has been designed with a lifecycle approach, aiming to minimise the environmental impact by considering the entire lifecycle of the vehicle: from development and manufacturing, through customer use, to end-of-life recycling and re-use.
Each element of the lifecycle was analysed with a view to consuming fewer natural resources, using more sustainable materials and minimising the generation of waste. The development process has included a full lifecycle assessment in line with ISO 14040/14044.
The aluminium construction makes a major contribution to its reduced carbon footprint. Up to 75 percent of the aluminium material is sourced from recycled content, including closed loop recycling of waste metal from the manufacturing process, resulting in a significant saving of energy and CO2 emissions (body panels made from recycled material use only 5 percent of the energy required for new aluminium).
Further energy is saved during the manufacturing process, which does not require highly energy intensive processes like welding.
Recycled and renewable materials have been used wherever possible in the all-new Range Rover Sport’s design. High specification vehicles uses up to 26.7kg of recycled plastics, diverting over 11,800 tonnes of plastic from landfill during the carline’s life. Natural and renewable materials, such as the luxurious leathers and veneers, represent 28kg of each vehicle.
2.5 Customer-focused vehicle and safety technologies
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been engineered with the latest developments in customer-focused vehicle and safety technologies to enhance comfort and confidence behind the wheel, from premium interior features to advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies.
Innovations introduced on the latest Range Rover Sport include driver assistance features such as enhanced Park Assist functions with Perpendicular Park, and other valuable features like Wade Sensing™.
Smart driver assistance technologies
The all-new Range Rover Sport is packed with smart, relevant technologies to ensure that drivers enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience behind the wheel.
The new model introduces an innovative digital camera system which supports driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver awareness. Mounted next to the rear view mirror, the forward facing camera captures a view of the road ahead which is analysed by a sophisticated on-board computer.
Automatic High Beam Assist switches the headlamps automatically between high and dipped beam, helping to maximise visibility and avoid the distraction of switching the lamps manually. The system identifies the headlamps or tail lights of other vehicles so that dipped beam can be activated when required. Ambient lighting levels are also monitored so high beam is not used in built-up areas.
Additional driver assistance features available include an enhanced Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which operates even when the vehicle is travelling slowly or is stationary.
Adding to the standard ACC functionality, which maintains a pre-set time gap to the vehicle in front, the new Queue Assist feature extends the ACC function to allow the vehicle to come to a stop when it reaches a traffic queue. When the car in front moves off, the driver can resume ACC operation by briefly touching the accelerator. The car then accelerates back to the pre-set cruising speed, maintaining the selected time gap to vehicles ahead.
To offer enhanced awareness in today’s congested traffic conditions, drivers of the all-new Range Rover Sport can also specify advanced new technologies to alert them to nearby vehicles which could create a hazard.
Blind Spot Monitoring uses side-mounted radar sensors to survey potential blind spots either side of the vehicle, and alert the driver when vehicles are detected within this area. The system is optimised to work at lower speeds commonly encountered in urban conditions or on congested motorways.
It is now combined with Closing Vehicle Sensing, a new feature which extends the function of the system by scanning a zone much further behind the vehicle, to detect vehicles which are closing quickly from behind and which could cause a threat during a lane change manoeuvre. Drivers are alerted by a rapid flashing of the existing Blind Spot warning light in the corresponding exterior mirror.
A further additional new function, Reverse Traffic Detection, uses radar detectors in the rear of the car to warn about potential collisions during reversing manoeuvres, such as reversing out of a parking space. The system is active when reverse gear is selected and can detect a vehicle approaching from either side, alerting the driver to a potential collision.
Other driver assistance technologies which help to reduce stress behind the wheel include the Adjustable Speed Limiter Device, which enables the driver to set their own personal maximum speed, the latest Surround Camera System incorporating T-Junction view, Trailer reverse park guidance and Trailer hitch guidance, and Adaptive Xenon headlamps.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering with advanced Park Assist functions
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s electric power-assisted steering also enables customers to benefit from a range of optional Park Assist features, including:
- Park Assist – which helps to identify a suitable parallel parking space, and then automatically steers the vehicle into place
- Park Exit – which helps drivers exit tight parallel parking spaces, by automatically steering the vehicle back into the main carriageway
- Perpendicular Park – which extends the function of the system to help the driver to reverse into perpendicular spaces, using sensors to help identify a suitable space where the vehicle can be parked and the doors on each side opened safely
Each of the functions provides the driver with clear instructions via the cluster display, and uses the Park Distance Controls, Flank Guard and Camera systems (where fitted) to help warn the driver of objects in close proximity during the manoeuvre. Multiple shuttles back and forward may be required to complete the manoeuvres safely and accurately.
Powerful braking and enhanced active safety technologies
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been engineered with a powerful all-disc braking system for confident stopping in all conditions, featuring (on more powerful models) six-piston lightweight Brembo front calipers for enhanced performance and reduced weight.
The generous disc diameters of 380mm front / 365mm rear (or 360mm front / 350mm rear on less powerful models) provide huge thermal capacity, capable of achieving outstanding stopping performance, whether solo or towing a trailer.
The Electronic Park Brake (EPB) activates directly on the rear brake calipers, and has been carefully optimised to provide smooth and refined automatic disengagement when the car moves off.
Stopping power of the new Sport is complemented by a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies, designed to enhance braking, stability and traction.
The full suite of active safety features on the all-new Range Rover Sport includes:
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
- Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
- Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC)
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
- Emergency brake lights (EBL)
- Emergency brake assist (EBA)
- Corner Brake Control (CBC)
Engineered for maximum occupant protection
The all-new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to meet and exceed the most stringent global safety standards, and was developed in parallel with the new Range Rover which was recently awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by the independent testing organisation Euro NCAP.
Its optimised body structure protects occupants using an incredibly strong and stable safety cell, which is complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints.
The crash structure was created using state-of-the-art computer simulation tools, which allowed engineers to conduct a significant number of ‘virtual’ crash tests long before physical prototypes were available. Vehicle crash performance has been verified during a rigorous programme of 70 full vehicle crash tests and over 20 sled tests.
Designed to minimise peak impact forces and intrusion into the safety cell, while delivering maximum occupant protection, the aluminium body structure includes key features such as the use of high strength AC300 aluminium within the crash structure and a composite reinforced B-post area to maximise side impact protection.
The occupant safety package includes driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and thorax airbags and active front seat belts linked to the vehicle’s emergency braking functions.
Pedestrian safety has been given a high priority, with a carefully optimised design for the front-end, bumpers, bonnet and cowl area to minimise potential injuries. Key measures include a raised bonnet A-surface, bonnet and bumper profiles optimised for energy absorption, along with the careful optimisation of the coupling of surface parts with under-body structures to maximise energy absorption.
3. UNCOMPROMISED REFINEMENT AND VERSATILITY
Befitting its status as the ultimate luxury sports SUV, the all-new Range Rover Sport’s more agile handling is accompanied by significantly improved levels of refinement and comfort, with the kind of premium features which make every journey a welcoming and luxurious experience.
At the same time, the new vehicle’s appeal is extended further by new levels of versatility, with a more spacious and flexible interior, and the capability to take on whatever task is required, from towing a horse box to transporting the family on their vacation.
“We have developed the all-new Range Rover Sport as the ultimate ‘no compromise’ vehicle, one that will fit perfectly into our customers’ lifestyles,” said Nick Rogers, Range Rover Vehicle Line Director. “More space, more seating versatility and more luxury, are all wrapped up in an incredibly capable vehicle which will take customers wherever they want to go.”
3.1 Refined and luxurious experience
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s more rewarding driving dynamics are complemented by significant improvements in refinement and comfort, with reduced noise levels and enhanced ride quality.
Both front and rear seat passengers will also appreciate the added comfort and convenience available in the luxurious leather-trimmed cabin, with their comfort being assured by the latest interior technologies.
Superior NVH for all-day comfort
At every stage of the development process, Land Rover engineers have applied meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the new model delivers all-day comfort, with low noise levels and refinement which approaches the highest luxury car standards.
All unwanted sounds and traces of harshness were eliminated through the use of advanced computer simulations earlier in the engineering phase, followed by painstaking optimisation with test cells using sophisticated analysis tools such as specialized acoustic cameras.
Powertrain refinement has been enhanced through the use of new dual-isolated engine mounts on the diesel models. Overall engine noise levels have been further reduced, particularly on diesel models where combustion noise has been significantly lowered, assuring a refined sound quality across the full operating range.
Under hard acceleration there is sporting acoustic reward to reflect the responsive performance – notably on the V6 S/C and V8 S/C petrol models which feature a sound symposer on the intake system – while the engines remain hushed at cruising speeds.
A special acoustic lamination applied to the windscreen glass helps to further reduce combustion noise as well as wind noise, which has been minimised through analysis with computational fluid dynamics, and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Key areas, such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, were optimised early in the development process.
The body structure has been designed using the latest ‘multi-dimensional’ CAE optimisation tools to achieve outstanding stiffness and refinement. The structure incorporates extremely stiff chassis attachment points, to further minimise the transmission of noise and vibrations, while the use of stiff, lightweight alloy suspension components, along with carefully optimised bushes, help to eliminate road noise.
Other innovations to enhance refinement include the mounting of the air suspension compressor on the main vehicle battery to dampen unwanted vibrations.
All operating sounds within the new Sport, from door closing sounds to the noises made by switches and motors, have been rigorously analysed and refined to create a harmonious and premium sound quality for all occupants.
Enhanced ride quality
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s state-of-the-art chassis and suspension has been meticulously tuned to offer composed, confident progress in all conditions.
With its class-leading wheel travel and upgraded four-corner air suspension, the vehicle combines outstanding poise and stability with excellent ride isolation on all surfaces.
Carefully optimised damping ensures that the vehicle delivers a supple and absorbent ride, along with excellent composure and body control.
Premium interior features, with exclusive audio and seamless connectivity
The luxury experienced has been raised to a higher level with the latest premium interior features and technologies.
Travelling pleasure starts with exclusive new state-of-the-art audio systems developed with Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing, which promise stunning sound quality in all seating positions. An 825 Watt/19-speaker Meridian system is standard on HSE and HSE Dynamic specification cars, with a stunning optional 1700W** Signature Reference system with 23 speakers including a subwoofer offering the ultimate surround sound experience. (** Power ratings are at a practically audio distortion free level of 0.2% THD + N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise).)
The Meridian systems feature state-of-the-art amplifiers which incorporate the latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality, along with high-efficiency speakers for exceptional clarity and dynamics. Range Rover and Meridian audio specialists have also applied the sophisticated Audyssey MultEQ XT audio tuning system, which digitally corrects any imperfections created by the cabin environment to deliver accurate, enveloping, and distortion-free sound throughout the vehicle.
Range Rover Sport customers place a high priority on the ability to stay seamlessly connected to their business and family lives.
The connectivity package includes:
- Hands-free mobile phone via Bluetooth, enabling the phone to be controlled via the 8-inch touchscreen or steering wheel controls
- Bluetooth audio streaming, to play music stored on a phone, or other portable Bluetooth device, via the car’s audio system
- USB connectivity for iPods/MP3 players or memory sticks.
Travelling in the perfect climate
To ensure that the interior is maintained at the perfect temperature, whatever the weather outside, the all-new Range Rover Sport features a completely new climate control system which is based on class-leading technology.
The result of an incredibly rigorous development programme using CFD simulation tools, the new system has been tested in punishing real-world conditions in temperatures ranging from +50 to -30 deg C.
For an even more luxurious travelling experience, the newcomer provides a full-size sliding panoramic glass roof to create a truly special sensation of space and light for all occupants. Significantly larger than the previous model’s roof, the new roof has been cleverly engineered to maximise its length and width – with no unsightly supporting structure – to deliver an uninterrupted vista and enhanced headroom.
To maintain a comfortable interior temperature and to provide a sense of privacy, the toughened glass roof has a dark tint, and is treated to offer a high degree of solar protection. When additional shade or privacy is required, an electric fabric sun blind with a solar reflective coating can be extended across the full surface of the glass.
Added comfort and convenience in every detail
Each aspect of the all-new Range Rover Sport has been meticulously refined and optimised with premium luxury in mind, with added comfort and convenience in every detail. New and enhanced features include:
- Enhanced seating – high series models now offer 14-way power adjustable front seats with new features including climate control, adjustable bolsters and winged headrests, plus 5-mode massage and seat articulation. Premium infotainment –DVD playback via 8-inch Dual View front touchscreen, full Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) package with twin 8-inch video screens and a dedicated touchscreen remote control, Dual View and RSE systems are supplied with ‘White Fire’ infra-red wireless digital headphones, giving CD quality sound.
- Customer Configurable Mood Lighting – sophisticated LED ambient lighting with variable colours which can be adjusted by the customer to suit their taste and mood.
- Powered tailgate – power operation using the remote control key fob, buttons on the tailgate, or from the driver’s seat. Remote close from the key fob is a new feature.
- Keyless entry and start system – smart Key system enabling keyless entry and start.
- Soft door close – for additional convenience, the new model is offered with optional power latching on all doors.
- Power operated child locks – power operated child locks on the rear doors are fitted as standard.
- Cooler compartment – a generous cooler compartment in the front centre console armrest is available.
- Heated seats and steering wheel –the new model offers individually adjustable heated front seats and steering wheel.
- Flexible load area – a luggage management system with floor mounted loadspace rails gives a flexible solution to secure baggage.
3.2 Uncompromised space and versatility
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s streamlined exterior conceals a surprise in the form of a more spacious and versatile interior.
This additional capability makes the vehicle even more ready to take on whatever task is required of it, from towing a horse box to transporting the family on vacation. With a wider range of lifestyle accessories also available from Land Rover dealers, customers have everything they need to get the most from their Range Rover Sport.
Stuart Frith, Range Rover Sport Chief Programme Engineer, said: “The added space makes this a car you can buy with your head, as well as with your heart. We have added a new level of versatility, without any compromise to the Range Rover Sport’s incredible breadth of performance.”
More spacious interior
The all-new Range Rover Sport’s significantly more spacious interior raises the vehicle’s comfort and versatility to a new level.
Interior packaging was optimised around a 178mm longer wheelbase, enabling a more spacious rear cabin with 24mm more knee room, while occupants also benefit from a wider cabin with increased shoulder and elbow room. A slightly lower rear seating position along with a larger rear door aperture, have also significantly improved the ease of access.
Enhanced luggage and stowage space
The luggage compartment is accessed via a power operated single tailgate, and offers nine percent more boot space compared to the outgoing model.
Interior stowage space has been increased on all models, with a larger glove box, more generous door bins, twin cup holders in the centre console, very large central armrest stowage, plus improved cup holders in rear armrests.
Towing capability and lifestyle accessories extend versatility
The all-new Range Rover Sport further improves the model’s position as the best towing vehicle in its class with a 3,500kg trailer capability, and the availability of a new electrically deployable towbar. Available as a factory fit option or as a dealer-fit accessory,this is just one of a huge range of dealer-fit lifestyle accessories which enable customers to extend the versatility of their vehicle.
Key additional features to enhance the towing experience include the Surround Camera system with Tow Assist for easier hitching and reversing, and the Trailer Stability Assist system.
The full range of lifestyle accessories provides a wide selection of functional items including: roof rails and cross bars complemented by an extensive roof carrying range, new tow-mounted bike carriers for up to four bikes, exterior features including side protection tubes, side steps and stainless steel undershields, interior load carrying aids including loadspace liners, luggage guards and a rail system, and a new lockable security box.