The Range Rover Sport’s styling changes can be described more as an evolution than a revolution. The body shape of this car remained characteristic of the brand’s stylistic language and also resembled the previous model. However, it is impossible to confuse the third generation with the second. The car was given a minimalist look with narrow lamps and flat surfaces of both the plating and the windows. Sport, like the bigger brother and the Velar, also got retractable door handles. It is also a way to smooth out the car. In addition, the window line is designed in such a way that it visually appears as if the car is lower than it actually is.
However, if you look at the rear of the car, you can be sure that we are dealing with Sport. Unlike the top of the range Range Rover, the lights are horizontal, similar to the Velar, with a black reflector in between with the manufacturer’s name. In turn, the recess for the license plate has been moved to the rear bumper. It also had to smooth out the entire figure.
In addition, the car has muscular wheel arches that can accommodate up to 23-inch rims. Range Rover Sport can have additional black inserts and a black roof. All of these styling treatments are designed to broaden the silhouette and make it look more sporty.
New Range Rover Sport – a sporty and luxurious interior
The interior of the Range Rover Sport also differs from the elegant large Range in that it is more sport-oriented. In the center of the dashboard is a 13.1-inch screen with a haptic. The center tunnel itself is high and rich in black surfaces, finished in piano black. The British kept the air conditioning via physical buttons all the time.
The manufacturer draws attention to the new artificial material Ultrafabric, which should become an alternative to real leather. It is believed to be durable, pleasant to the touch and to the eye. Lovers of natural materials can rest assured though – leather will also be available, as will classic fabrics.
Compared to the second generation, the interior has grown slightly, now the luggage compartment is 835 l (54 l more) and with the rear seat backs increased to 1,860 l (170 l more). In addition, the engineers managed to create 31 mm more legroom and 20 mm more knee room for the rear passengers.
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Obviously this is a Range Rover, so comfort and luxury have not been forgotten. The interior has been adequately silenced by means of, among other things, double glazing and special gaskets, but in addition to the physical sound insulation of the cabin, an active noise reduction system is also used, housed in two headrests at the front and two at the rear. In turn, the Meridian audio system with 29 speakers, whose power is 1430 W in total, can provide the great sound of music.
The new Sport is also equipped with the Alexa voice assistant, with which we can control the functions of a smart home and, for example, turn on the air conditioning or turn on the light in our house while driving home.
Range Rover Sport 2023
New Range Rover Sport – plug-in hybrid, diesel or petrol V8?
Range Rover Sport is moving with the times, so under the hood there could be two plug-in hybrids rated at 440 hp or 510 hp, and the range on the current one alone should theoretically be up to 113 km, although the manufacturer itself claims that the actual range will be about 80 km under all conditions.
Fans of classic motorization should not be disappointed either. The range also includes a 4.4-litre V8 with 530 hp and 750 Nm of torque. In addition, there are two petrol engines that deliver 360 and 400 horsepower. Contrary to current trends, the range also includes V6 diesel engines equipped with a soft hybrid. You can choose from 250, 300 or 350 HP.
As for the gearbox, however, there is no choice. Each car is only available with a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
New Range Rover Sport suspension delivers perfect traction
The stability of the car is ensured by the Dynamic Air Suspension, which should ensure perfect driving characteristics depending on the conditions. This is ensured by valves that can quickly harden or soften the suspension. In addition, active stabilizers were used that can generate a torque of up to 1400 Nm, which makes them able to quickly stabilize the entire car.
Being a large car, maneuverability was ensured by the use of castor wheels on the rear axle. As a result, the turning circle is only 10.95 meters.
An interesting fact is that the car can park alone, without the presence of the driver. All you need to do is select the correct parking spot on the smartphone screen where the car will fit.
Production of the car will start in a few weeks and the cars will be delivered to customers this year. Car prices in Poland start from PLN 482,200 for the weakest diesel. The cheapest plug-in hybrid costs PLN 519,400, while the petrol version costs PLN 590,300 (400 KM).