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|Quick Spin: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged||
As one last hurrah for the current Range Rover Sport model, the 2013 model carries its finely aged design well yet still touts its historic off-road go-anywhere on land prowess. The Range Rover Sport embodies a road-going presence that puts itself into a desirable category among fast-moving cities without the much need for using its in-tact off-road capabilities. The latest version, just before the introduction of a redesigned model, still has what it takes to turn heads and transport its precious cargo on and through just about any navigable terrain you can throw at it.
Exuding luxury appointments in its finely crafted interior, the 2013 Range Rover Sport takes the normal Range Rover up a notch in the visual excitement and fun factor categories. The visual sports appeal of the Range Rover Sport does not end with is finely chiseled body or leather-laced cabin, it carries into the drivetrain with a 5.0-liter V8 boasting 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque in the HSE trim, while my Supercharged trimmed test vehicle gets a supercharged version of the V8 allowing you to play with a full deck in the form of 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.
The sport really shines through the Range Rover Sport Supercharged getting more than enough all-wheel-drive power to scoot the tall-statured SUV to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. In the handling department the Range Rover Sport Supercharged puts forth its best effort of the optimized air-suspension system. The trick suspension system, quite characteristic for Range Rover models considering how off-road capable they are, has a full array of settings. Starting off in normal mode the suspension is dialed in for paved roads and highway travel. A Dynamic mode tailors the chassis for better throttle response, advanced 6-speed automatic transmission shift mapping and tighter handling by putting the dampers into an aggressive setting. The Terrain Response System’s other settings adapt well to rock, gravel, snow, mud and dirt at the turn of the selectable dial on the center console.
Being that the suspension is height adjustable, you are able to manually dial in the vehicle height from a low-riding access height, which is available at low speeds in preparation for parking to give the driver and passengers easier access. The normal height is automatically selected should you drive off while in access height. You will want the system to select the normal height as the suspension travel is diminished giving the Range Rover Sport a bouncy and uncomfortable ride while at access height. Also selectable at low speeds, is the higher settings of the air suspension and Terrain Response System, raising the Range Rover Sport several inches for optimal ground clearance.
The off-road capabilities, being that the Range Rover Sport has an much more aggressive road-going demeanor from the normal Range Rover, do not diminish despite its Sport title. The Range Rover Sport is still able to plow through about 27-inches of water thanks to waterproofing of the electric engine components, pulleys, starter, alternator and air conditioning compressor. A lot of the behind-the-scenes engineering of the Range Rover is not fully experienced until you really take it to less-frequently traveled parts of the earth. Though at a cost, the road-going handling and lateral acceleration confidence is diminished by the feeling the Sport’s hefty body weight when you really put the Range Rover Sport to the test on paved roads. Although, the beefy Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels and low profile Michelin tires really come to the rescue for good ride quality and handling of the Sport weighing in at 5,816 pounds.
Inside of the Range Rover Sport is a cabin plush with leather. The seats prove to be quite form-fitting with just the right amount of bolstering. Controls on the dashboard, mostly carried over from other Land Rover and Jaguar infotainment units, is an aesthetically primitive setup. Some of the fittings and initial quality perception of interior parts lack much attention to their over-all fit and finish. Some of the infotainment and navigation controls lag, but prove to be predictable at best once you get used to its shortcomings.
Over-all interior space is a bit short, though tall individuals will have ample head room. Do not expect tall occupants to have room to really spread out in the front or back. The front seats are overwhelmed with a massively sized center console, while the rear passengers will struggle if they are expecting to find room for long legs. Although the interior of the Range Rover Sport is inviting at first, it is a questionable obstacle to find comfort over long hauls.
The Range Rover Sport has plenty of gadgetry to put it at the pinnacle of fun-sporting on rough terrain and on the road. The Vision Assist Package, equipped on my Range Rover Sport test vehicle as a $1,200 option, adds a series of 5 cameras (2 front bumper, 2 under the rearview mirrors, one rearview) that operate at any speed. The system is probably best used for tight parking spots or carefully navigating challenging off-road trails.
In all, the 2013 Range Rover Sport is a luxury statement that does not disappoint in all that you expect from a long lineage of off-road-going vehicles that transport their cargo in style over various types of terrains. The Range Rover Sport, with its gallant dash of forward-moving athleticism, makes an even bolder statement on the road where it can “quickly” take its occupants to the ends of earth in style.
The style, luxury and performance of the 2013 Range Rover Sport does come at a price, one that starts around $60,045 for the HSE trim and moving quickly towards $80,000, $79,645 to be exact, for a loaded Sport Supercharged model.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base Range Rover Sport HSE $60,045 As-Tested Range Rover Sport Supercharged $79,645
- Engine: 5.0-liter 510hp @ 6000 rpm/461 ft-lbs torque @ 2500 rpm
- Drive: AWD
- Wheelbase: 108 in.
- Total length: 188 in.
- Total width: 78.8 in.
- Total height: 70.4 in.
- Track: f/r-63.1/63.4in.
- Turning circle: 37.7ft.
- Headroom: f/r-39.4/38.3 in.
- Legroom: f/r-42.4 /37.6 in.
- MPG est.: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway
- Fuel tank: 23.0 gallons
- 0-60mph: 5.2 seconds
- EPA cargo volume all seats in place: 33.8 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 5,816 lbs.
|Land Rover Introduces Much-Improved 2013 Range Rover||
Land Rover has kept the newly redesigned 2013 Range Rover under wraps quite well leading up to yesterday’s official reveal. The all-new 2013 Range Rover receives a new design inside and out featuring sleeker looks and shedding an astonishing 700 pounds in the US Spec V8 model when compared to a similarly equipped outgoing 2012 model.
The all-new 2013 Range Rover features a new all-aluminum unibody structure. A new balanced suspension system lets lose the best handling capabilities of the Range Rover yet without compromising its off-roading prowess. Using the next-generation Terrain Response system, the 2013 Range Rover is able to monitor road conditions to automatically select the appropriate setting on sand, dirt, snow or rocky surfaces.
The interior of the new 2013 Range Rover gets bigger adding 4.7 inches of rear legroom and a unique two-place rear seating package for “the ultimate in personalized rear-seat luxury.”
Powering the new 2013 Range Rover is likely to be a 5.0-liter V8 in naturally aspirated and supercharged flavors. Power will be directed through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission through an intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Official specifications and pricing should be announced shortly before North American deliveries start in December of this year.
2013 Range Rover Press Release
THE ALL-NEW 2013 RANGE ROVER
Land Rover Introduces the Next Generation of the World’s Most Iconic Luxury SUV
• Unmistakably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design cues
• Legendary Land Rover off-road capability with transformed on-road handling and agility
• Lighter, stronger and more refined. The world’s first SUV with an all-aluminum unibody structure
• Weight savings of up to 926lbs (420kg) when compared to the outgoing model delivers improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. A US specification V8 model is approximately 700lbs lighter than similarly equipped outgoing model
• A more spacious and luxurious interior provides a truly composed motoring experience for all occupants. Rear legroom increases 4.7 inches
• Adaptive dynamics suspension system further refines ride quality
• Enhanced all-terrain performance with the introduction of a new fully automatic Land Rover “Terrain Response 2 Auto®” system
• Designed and engineered in Britain at Land Rover’s development centers throughout the UK
• Manufactured in a new aluminum production facility at Land Rover’s Home in Solihull, United Kingdom
Mahwah, New Jersey, USA, August 15, 2012 – The new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover has been engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover ever. Lighter, stronger, and with new levels of refinement, the next Range Rover reinforces its position among the finest luxury vehicles.
As the fourth generation of the Range Rover line, this all-new model was developed from the ground up, capturing the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model which changed the world of motoring when it was launched over 40 years ago.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centers in the United Kingdom, the next Range Rover will be produced at a new manufacturing facility at Solihull, United Kingdom which employs the latest low-energy aluminum body construction technologies.
The all-aluminum unibody structure is 39 percent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. This enables a total vehicle weight savings of up to 926lbs, depending on market and specifications. The US specification vehicle with the naturally-aspirated 5-liter V8 will be approximately 700lbs lighter than the outgoing equivalent. This new aluminum platform delivers significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with an improvement in fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions.
In addition to the strong and rigid aluminum body, an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture has been developed and paired with a with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. The luxurious ride has been retained, while the vehicle’s handling and agility have been sharpened. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering abilities, with a natural and intuitive steering feel.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, said: “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionary lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers, with a step change in comfort, refinement and handling.”
Within the cabin, the all-new Range Rover provides occupants with a sensation of serene isolation, meeting the highest standards for Range Rover refinement. Measures like the rigorously optimized body structure and acoustic lamination of the windshield and side door glass have significantly reduced noise levels, while the new suspension architecture has enabled engineers to achieve heightened levels of ride comfort, refinement, and control.
With over 4.7 inches more legroom than the outgoing model, the rear occupants benefit from vastly increased space and comfort. The option of a two place rear seating package provides for the ultimate in personalized rear-seat luxury.
To deliver the characteristic effortless performance expected by customers, the Range Rover will continue to offer a choice of V8 engines in the North American market, enhanced by new eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions.
Each new Land Rover model is extensively tested for durability and reliability. The new Range Rover has been subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on-and off-road test and development regime. A fleet of development vehicles covered millions of miles over 18 months, with arduous tests in more than 20 countries through extremes of climate and road surfaces.
The all-new Land Rover Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape which is inspired by a fresh new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues. While instantly recognizable as a Range Rover, the new vehicle takes a step forward with a bold evolution of the model’s iconic design language.
The sumptuous interior incorporates distinctive Range Rover design cues, but executed with a very contemporary treatment. Clean, elegant surfaces are flawlessly presented using the finest leathers and veneers.
“Designing the next generation Range Rover, following over forty years of success, came with a huge responsibility to protect the DNA of such an icon,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “Our design team worked incredibly hard to capture the elegant proportions and pure surfaces which have been a feature of the best Range Rover designs.”
The all-new Range Rover has been engineered with the latest developments in vehicle technologies. Exclusive sound systems by renowned British audio specialists MeridianTM are standard. A thoughtfully designed split power folding upper and lower tailgate setup offers ease of access and versatility. Advanced chassis and driver assistance technologies are abundant. Amongst the innovations featured in the new Range Rover is the next-generation of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and road surfaces through on-board sensors, and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings program for the terrain.
The all-new Range Rover will be available in over 160 markets worldwide, with North American customer deliveries scheduled to start in December 2012.
|Land Rover Premier Video: 2011 Range Rover Evoque Revealed||
It is the 40th anniversary of the Range Rover lineup and to celebrate, Land Rover has revealed a new vehicle, the Range Rover Evoque. The first images of the 2011 Range Rover Evoque have been released which is virtually identical to the LRX concept that you may have already seen.
The Evoque will be the lightest, ‘smallest’ and most fuel efficient Range Rover model to date. Specifications have yet to be released or confirmed but we speculate that the options will include a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 3.2-liter gasoline engine and a hybrid variant turbodiesel.
Look for the Range Rover Evoque to make a global public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and then go on sale next summer (2011).