2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Fall 2013
Expected Pricing: $63,495 to $93,295
An all-new Range Rover Sport debuted bigger yet significantly lighter at the March 2013 New York International Auto Show. Daniel Craig drove the 2014 Range Rover Sport through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, delivering it to a live reveal where he struck his famous James Bond pose in front of it at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport is expected to arrive in U.S. Land Rover dealerships in the fall of 2013.
The second-generation 2014 Range Rover Sport grows enough to fit a third row of seats, thanks to a wheelbase stretched 7 inches and an overall length 2.5 inches longer compared to the previous version. But space in back is tight, and Land Rover is referring to it as 5+2 seating, with the third row for occasional use.
Land Rover managed to shave a whopping 800 pounds off the previous car, mostly due to a new all-aluminum unibody chassis. Aluminum is also used on doors, many suspension components and much of the subframe. This should significantly improve the Range Rover Sport's notoriously mediocre fuel economy of 13/18 mpg City/Highway for the base engine and 12/17 mpg City/Highway for the supercharged engine. But Land Rover isn't releasing fuel economy estimates for the new Sport just yet.
Four engines will be available initially on the Sport. The old naturally aspirated V8 has been dropped in favor of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 on the base model that puts out 340 horsepower. That's less than the previous car's 375 hp, but the new Sport should feel even peppier after shedding so many pounds.
But don't worry about the Sport going all soft. The old 5.0-liter supercharged V8 carries over to the new generation, pumping out 510 hp and 461 pound-feet of torque. Land Rover claims the supercharged Sport will barrel from 0-60 mpg in five seconds flat. Supercharged V8 power comes at a price, though, with a starting point of $79,995 for the 2014 Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
Diesel options will also be available in the U.S., with an initial choice of two 3.0-liter diesel engines, followed by a high-performance 4.4-litre version. Land Rover also announced a high-efficiency diesel hybrid that should ship in early 2014.
All engines are paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old 6-speed gearbox. Electric power-steering is all-new, and the air suspension system has been redesigned to allow off-roading at higher speeds. Automatic stop/start is included on all models.
Pricing starts at $63,495 MSRP for the 2014 Range Rover Sport with the 340-hp 3-liter Supercharged V6; the 2014 Range Rover Sport HSE retails for $68,495. Top of the line is the 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography at $93,295, which comes with the 510-hp 5-liter supercharged V8. These prices, announced by Land Rover at the New York International Auto Show, are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices and include an $895 destination charge.