- Complete redesign for 2014, following the Range Rover
- New aluminum frame helps to save weight (800 pounds lighter than previous version)
- Two supercharged engine options
Back with a complete redesign, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is now lighter, leaner, and more athletic thanks to a new aluminum frame and a new supercharged V-6.
The Range Rover Sport is an important vehicle for Land Rover – they sell more of these than any of their other models. After the larger Range Rover got its redesign in 2013, the same changes come to the Range Rover Sport in 2014, and what a series of upgrades it is. The aluminum unibody frame helps to shave 800 pounds of girth, even though it’s seven inches longer than the previous wheelbase. The weight loss makes the Range Rover Sport more agile, and also means it now offers better acceleration and fuel economy.
Under the hood, there are two engine options. First is an all-new, 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque which replaces the base engine from last year. Carrying over into 2014 is the powerful 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, which makes 461 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard with a choice of transfer cases. Also available is Land Rover’s new Terrain Response 2 system which automatically detects the type of surface the Range Rover Sport is driving on and automatically selects the best driving mode to handle the conditions.
Fuel economy has improved thanks to the smaller base engine and the big drop in weight, topping out at 17/23 mpg city/highway for V-6 models.
Inside, the longer wheelbase now allows for an optional third-row of seats which expand seating capacity from five to seven. The 2014 Range Rover Sport has a luxurious interior, with upscale appointments and copious amounts of standard features. All trim levels come with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-inch touch screen in the center console, and powered front seats with memory.
Safety features include antilock brakes, eight airbags, an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation, and front/rear parking sensors, all standard. An available Vision Assist package adds a surround camera system which offers a top-down view of the Range Rover Sports surroundings, helpful for maneuvering in tight spaces.