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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Debut

The 2014 Range Rover Sport does its best Evoque impression.

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What's New

From a glance, the 2014 Range Rover Sport features a new rear-end and wheel design. If both look familiar, they should, as the smaller Evoque employs the same designs. The headlights have also been redesigned and are also featured on the 2013 Range Rover. Both a 3.0-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 supercharged engine, rated at 340 and 510 horsepower respectively, are available. Both engines are mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. In keeping up with tradition, Land Rover claims that the latest Range Rover Sport will be the fastest vehicle in its stable. Land Rover's fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system also rides on board as an available feature.

Who It's For

There are two types of people who will purchase the 2014 Range Rover Sport. The first type being those who desire its added luxury and space to make every day's commute that much better. The second type of person actually requires a vehicle with the Range Rover's off-road capabilities but won't accept a cheaper alternative. Key competitors for the 2014 Range Rover Sport include the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and the (soon-to-be-updated) Cadillac Escalade. While the Escalade won't win any drag races, the Grand Cherokee SRT gives the Range Rover a run for its money on the strip. However, the Range Rover's interior is far swankier than its American adversary. This is where the Range Rover Sport's market niche' hides.

Key Features

The 2014 Range Rover Sport features all of the usual amenities seen in a Land Rover product. Some of these features include:
  • Your choice between a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 or 5.0-liter V-8 engine
  • A new all-aluminum structure that helps shed 800 pounds from the vehicle's overall weight
  • Available Terrain Response 2 system
  • Fastest Range Rover ever built

What We Think

We recently had the opportunity to drive the 2013 Range Rover, which shares a lot in common with the Sport alternative, and came away very impressed with it. If the Range Rover Sport is anything like its sibling, we expect the Sport variant to continue finding its way into driveways. The full-size luxury SUV segment continues to be a two horse race consisting of the 2014 Range Rover Sport and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The Grand Cherokee SRT has some work to do to catch up to the status the Range Rover Sport carries though. That's what may separate the two when it comes down to it, and with its elegant interior, the Range Rover Sport is tough to beat.

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