Land Rover Range Rover Sport Origins
When the four-door Sport hit the market in its 2006 model year, it was the first Land Rover fitted with the company’s new computer-controlled Dynamic Response suspension system. Essentially a modified version of the Land Rover LR3, the Sport is eight inches shorter than the original Range Rover. In appearance, the Sport blends a distinctively low-slung silhouette and sloping rear roof with classic Land Rover contours.
In spite of its road-oriented refinements, the Sport still offers Land Rover’s signature fulltime four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case, center locking differential, and terrain response system. As of 2012, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport came equipped with a base 5.0-liter 375-horsepower V-8 engine and a supercharged 5.0-liter 510-horsepower V-8. The supercharged is Land Rover’s largest engine yet. About the Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is best known for combining classic Land Rover luxuries with the body style and handling of a modern sport utility vehicle. Though decently equipped for off-road driving, the Range Rover Sport is primarily a premium road-going SUV.
Curved contours, a shorter wheelbase, and a sloping hatchback provide a more athletic look than the classic Range Rover. A sharper suspension and handling are intended to make on-road driving more comfortable, while the Sport’s shorter body is more practical for city driving. Land Rover Range Rover Sport Features
The 2012 Range Rover Sport comes standard with a 5.0-liter V-8 capable of 375 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the base HSE, HSE Luxe, and Supercharged. New features for 2012 include body-colored door handles and a glossy black grille and fender vent surround.
Base features offered on the 2012 Range Rover Sport HSE are leather seats, wood trim, a power sunroof, darkened privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, a power tailgate, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, stability control, and foglights. Technology amenities include an integrated instrument display with 5-inch LCD screen and 7-inch touch-screen, a 9-speaker CD player, available satellite radio, touch-screen satellite navigation system, a rear view camera, a USB and iPod port, rain sensing windshield wipers, and parking assistance.
An optional Luxury package provides all trim levels with heated front and rear seats, piano black trim, premium leather seats, a heated windshield, and 20-inch wheels.
Upgrading to the HSE Luxe adds subtle sophistications such as 20-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels, premium leather seating, a black lacquer trim finish option, electronically adjustable seat bolsters, and a climate comfort package with heated front and rear seats.
In addition to the amenities offered by the HSE Luxe, the Supercharged trim comes with perforated premium leather seats detailed in contrast stitching, 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, a bright Noble-finish grille and side vents, rear exhaust extensions, Dynamic Response suspension, high performance brakes, and steering wheel-accessible paddle shift levers.
A limited edition Autobiography model is also available with the Supercharged trim. With the Autobiography package comes a distinctive tailgate badge, 20-inch 10-spoke diamond turned wheels, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, a rear spoiler, a titan mesh grille, a 360-degree parking assist camera, premium leather, and a 14-speaker surround sound audio system.
The Range Rover Sport is available in 11 metallic exterior finishes, as well as in solid white. Land Rover Range Rover Sport Evolution
The Range Rover Sport debuted as a 2006 model with the choice of two trims. The base HSE model was powered by a 4.4-liter 300-horsepower V-8, while the Supercharged version featured a 4.2-liter V-8 with 390 horsepower. The smallest Range Rover yet, the Sport came with pavement-focused features such as a sharpened suspension and Land Rover’s new Dynamic Response System.
Few changes occurred during the first few years of the Range Rover Sport’s life. In 2007, Bluetooth connectivity became a standard luxury. 2008 brought power-folding exterior mirrors, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, and an eight-way adjustable passenger seat. A limited edition package introduced in 2009 provided Supercharged models with a special grille, distinctive upholstery, and an extended spoiler.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport received a subtle redesign in 2010, gaining a sleeker front end, new taillights, and a reshaped rear bumper. Inside, the dash was given a more sophisticated and pared-down appearance. Leather details were increased and the fascia, steering wheel, seats, door linings, and instruments were modified.
Land Rover introduced three new engines in 2010. A more powerful base 5.0-liter V-8 offered 380 horsepower, while a supercharged 5.0-liter provided 500 horsepower. Also introduced was a 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel engine option based on Jaguar’s AJ-V6D Gen III. By 2012, Land Rover had increased the output of the supercharged engine to 510 horses.
Performance refinements in 2010 included an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission, active damping, and revisions to Land Rover’s signature Terrain Response system. A new navigation system, a 360-degree parking assist camera, and paddle shifters in the Supercharged model were also added.