When the original Range Rover Sport debuted in 2006, it quickly soared to be the brand’s bestselling vehicle that rapidly filled local country club parking lots. The original Range Rover Sport featured admirable handling characteristics considering its substantial three-ton curb weight. This however was likely not the reason for its success. Most Range Rover Sport owners were attracted to the Range Rover namesake and the rugged styling that is quintessentially Land Rover.
Since 2006, the Range Rover Sport has become a bit pedestrian and a lot outdated; thankfully the 2014 Sport has been totally redesigned. The previous Range Rover Sport rode on a steel ladder frame that it shared with its LR3/LR4 siblings. For 2014, the Range Rover Sport now rides on a silky smooth aluminum unibody frame similar to the one under the latest Range Rover. This not only saves weight, but also improves handling characteristics. This also makes for a quieter ride and a stiffer driving experience.
This unibody platform makes the Range Rover Sport much more comfortable for everyday driving that works in conjunction with an all new suspension derived from the latest Range Rover as well.
The re-designed Range Rover Sport can be had in two trim levels, one sporting a 340-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, which starts at $63,495, and the $79,995 510-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. Both of which are mated to an eight-speed automatic with mpg conscious and crisp shift points. The V-6 offers ample power although the V-8 is of course our favorite.
When the Range Rover Sport hits the dirt it feels even more at home. The V-6 sports a Torsen center differential while the V-8 receives an electronic center differential and a two-speed transfer case. Both models will feature 11 inches of ground clearance, aggressive approach and departure angles, and some pretty serious wading depth and wheel articulation considering the vehicles on-road prowess.
The interior on the latest Sport equals the lavish luxury of the Range Rover model and showcases a forest of nicely appointed woods and miles of leather. The new Sport also features a third-row electronic folding seat configuration that is notably snug, but would be practical for young children. Up front the infotainment and navigation system is appealing to the eye but falls short when trying to navigate any of the menus. This was definitely a low point for the Sport and its Jaguar predecessor. Aside from this the Range Rover Sport really did impress. We think the Sport will soon re-capture the title as the brands top seller and is well worth its slight price increase of about $2000.00.
Base Price: $63,495.00
Engine: Supercharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 340 hp, 332 lb-ft; supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 5.0-liter V-8, 510 hp, 461 lb-ft
Horsepower: 340hp / 510hp
Torque: 332 ft-lbs / 461 ft-lbs
0-60mph: 4.7 / 6.2 seconds
Standing Quarter Mile: 13.5 / 14 seconds
Top Speed: 130mph / 155mph
Fuel Economy: 14-17 / 19-23
Credits: Emmett Vick and CarandDriver.com