What Is It?
2014 Range Rover Sport
What's Special About It?
The United States is the biggest market for Range Rover, and New York is the biggest slice of that pie. As such, it makes perfect sense that the debut of a new Range Rover not only would take place in the Big Apple, but that it would be a heckuva show. And Land Rover didn't disappoint.
The night before the official start of the New York auto show, the 2014 Range Rover Sport debuted with none other than James Bond (Daniel Craig) behind the wheel.
Bond slinked away as soon as his allotted time was up, but the new Range Rover stuck around and, really, that's what we were interested in.
Based on an all-aluminum chassis, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is almost 800 pounds lighter than the previous-generation truck. Part of this weight savings is due to the new 340-horsepower supercharged V6, which also ups the fuel efficiency.
For those unconcerned with fuel economy figures, there is an available 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that makes 510 hp. All of those weight-saving technologies translate here to a truck that is more responsive and way faster than the SUV it replaces. Land Rover estimates that the 2014 Supercharged Sport will get to 60 in 5.0 seconds, 0.9 second faster than the outgoing model.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport is available only with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time AWD, but can be had with one of two available transfer cases. The first is a single-speed Torsen center differential that splits torque 42/58 and can do a maximum of 62/78. This unit isn't the beefiest Range Rover has, but it's highly efficient, good enough for most users and saves 40 pounds.
For Range Rover power users, there is an available two-speed transfer case with low range. This box features a 50/50 torque split and can deliver up to 100 percent of the power to either axle. Picking this option also makes the dynamic active rear locking differential available.
Despite all of the benefits of this new model, the 2014 Range Rover Sport comes in at only $2,005 more than the outgoing model.
As the Sport is Land Rover's biggest seller, we didn't really expect the carmaker to mess with the formula too much and it hasn't. It's like the old Range Rover Sport, but better. The biggest change in focus comes on the interior. Thanks to a 7-inch stretch in wheelbase, the Range Rover Sport now features more interior room and a third-row seat. It's cramped, but it will work for small people or short distances.
What Edmunds Says:
Lighter, faster, stronger and more efficient, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is a worthy entry in the sport/luxury SUV segment.
Base Price: $63,495-$93,295
Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6/5.0-liter supercharged V8
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 340 hp/510 hp
Fuel Mileage: N/A
Height: 70.1 inches
Width: 81.6 inches
Length: 191 inches
Wheelbase: 115.1 inches
Weight: 4,727 pounds (V6)/5,093 pounds (V8)