Has the latest Range Rover Sport lost its New Money stigmas? That’s debatable. But its makers are adamant that the newcomer is the quickest and most agile Land Rover you can have.
Under the skin it boasts an aluminium platform and according to Land Rover, 75% of its parts are specific to the Sport. So this isn’t merely a Discovery in sportier attire, as was the case with the old model. It’s lighter by 420 kilograms and it’s more efficient too.
For the interior, buyers have plenty of customisation options. You can pick from seven colour themes, three headliner hues, six trim materials and for the exterior there are 19 paint finishes.
But despite the Sport moniker, impressive terrain-mashing prowess has always been a hallmark of the car. It hangs on to the clever Terrain Response off-road system. There’s also the Adaptive Dynamics system, which keeps tabs on the car’s behaviour – 500 times a second according to Land Rover – and adjusts the ride accordingly, promising composure on all surfaces.
Three engines are on offer. First up is the 5.0-litre V8 mill, supercharged, churning out 375kW with a sound symposer to amplify the aural thrills. Next is the 250kW V6 engine, also supercharged. And then there’s the sensible V6 turbocharged diesel mill, with a power output uprated to 215kW as compared to 180kW in the previous iteration. These engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF. And the Range Rover Sport has a 3500 kilogram towing ability.
Pricing starts off at R824 500 and you’ll pay R1 263 600 for the range-topping V8 Supercharged HSE Dynamic model.