Gaydon, 22 February 2005 - Land Rover today releases full technical information on the Range Rover Sport, the fifth nameplate in the company's stable.
The Range Rover Sport is the best-performing and best-handling vehicle that Land Rover has ever built. Designed to complement the renowned Range Rover - which continues as the company’s flagship - the Range Rover Sport is a completely new vehicle, a more compact, more agile and more performance-oriented SUV.
It combines invigorating dynamic ability with outstanding comfort and refinement. Land Rover calls it a ‘sports tourer’. This reflects its ability effortlessly to cover long journeys quickly and comfortably, and yet also to deliver sharp handling and exhilarating performance. Its on-road prowess is complemented by class-leading off-road capability.
The top-line version uses a 287 kW (390 bhp SAE) Jaguar-derived supercharged V8 engine and has a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph), electronically limited. It is the fastest and best-accelerating vehicle that Land Rover has ever made. A normally aspirated V8 and advanced turbodiesel V6 are also available (diesel not available in North America and some other markets).
"The Range Rover Sport competes in the growing performance SUV market, but is different from all rivals," says managing director Matthew Taylor.
"It is a sports tourer that offers the excitement of a performance car but with the versatility and go-anywhere ability of a Land Rover. Unlike rivals, its high performance doesn’t stop when the road gets rough - or runs out. It is an outstanding four-wheel drive off-roader, as you’d expect from Land Rover. And on road, compared with its rivals, we believe it is less frenetic, more refined and more comfortable. It all adds up to the broadest range of capability in its class. It also perfectly complements the existing Range Rover - the most complete luxury SUV."
Prices start at £34,995 for the entry-level Range Rover Sport 2.7-litre TDV6 S diesel and rise to £58,995 for the top-of-the-range petrol 4.2-litre V8 Supercharged 'First Edition'.
Performance and Economy/Emissions:
|PERFORMANCE||V6 DIESEL||V8 PETROL||V8 SUPERCHARGED|
|Max speed||120 mph/193 km/h||130 mph/209 km/h||140 mph/225 km/h|
|0-60 mph (96 km/h)||11.9 sec||8.2 sec||7.2 sec|
|0-100 km/h||12.7 sec||8.9 sec||7.6 sec|
|Combined mpg (l/100 km)||27.6 (10.2)||18.9 (14.9)||17.8 (15.9)|
|CO2 emissions||271 g/km||352 g/km||374 g/km|
Words/Photos: Land Rover
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