The Latest offering from Range Rover lands on the stage at the New York Show driven by Daniel Craig. After the new generation of Range Rover, it is the turn of its Sportiest SUV, the new Range Rover Sport. A new generation always welcome sportiness to the model, boasting of all the changes over 40 years of history. The new Range Rover Sport comes with light, but sufficient enhancement in design to give a more dynamic appeal. Like its predecessor, the car has an increased slope, which gives the SUV a more rapid appearance.
The new Range Rover Sport introduces a new front bumper, with reduced grill dimensions and a piece of sheet metal made of Aluminum for protection is embedded underneath. It overall compliments the sporty nature of the SUV. Range Rover Sport is larger than the previous generation model, but is smaller and lighter than current Range Rover. Also for the first time in sports version, there is an option of 7 seats. The Range Rover Sport’s dimensions are 4850 mm long with a wheelbase of 2923 mm, 2073 mm wide and 1780 mm high. It comes with electric power steering and lots of safety features.
The new model stands on a new PLA(Premium lightweight Architecture) platform and the body is completely made of Aluminum, hence reducing the weight by 420 kilograms in entry level model and 280 Kilograms lighter in V8 version. Range Rover Sport is equipped with fully independent suspension with Aluminum double wishbone in front and multi-link at the rear. For serious offroading the ground clearance can be adjusted by 115 mm. Other goodies include a second generation Terrain response off-road system and continuous variable dampers. Another piece of equipment available is the parking assistant. This system automatically performs steering maneuvers necessary for parking the vehicle. One can also opt for Flank Guard system that alerts driver to potential impacts on the sides of the vehicle during low speed maneuvers.
The new range Rover Sport comes with five engine choices. Three V6 diesel engines developing 258, 292 and 339 hp, A gasoline 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 510 hp(625 Nm of torque) and a 4.4 liter V8 hybrid engine developing 340 hp. The most powerful gasoline engine is the fastest and crack 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The drag coefficient is 0.34 similar to BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML 350. However, the most powerful 5.0 liter V8 version produce a drag coefficient of 0.37.
The new SUV will be available in four different trim levels : S, SE, HSE and Autobiography. There are 19 colour options to choose from and three for roof namely silver, grey and black. Tires range include 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches. Brembo provides brake caliper available in red color. All versions are equipped with eight speed automatic ZF transmission. Sales of new Range Rover Sport will start in late summer. Price range from US dollars 63,495 for entry level V6 model and US dollars 93,295 for top end V8 Autobiography version.
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