SPY PICS: Range Rover Sport 2014

words - Gautam Sharma
Next-gen RR Sport to adopt the same lightweight aluminium architecture as its full-size sibling

Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Sport makes its world debut at next month’s New York motor show, and these latest spy pics from Carparazzi provide a good indication of how the vehicle is shaping up.

Based on the same aluminium monocoque as the new L405 Range Rover, the new RR Sport is expected to be up to 300kg lighter than its predecessor, which uses a derivative of the LR4’s Integrated Body Frame (a mix of monocoque and ladder-frame) architecture that’s robust but weighty.

Given its high-tech (and expensive) aluminium construction, the new Range Rover Sport will be significantly pricier than the outgoing model – with a hike of at least 10 per cent being tipped by UK sources.

However, the added spend will bring sharper performance and improved economy across the engine line-up, which kicks off with the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel that ekes out 190kW and 600Nm.

The range-topping 5.0-litre supercharged V8 cranks out 375kW and 625Nm in its existing form, but it may be warmed over for the Sport to enable it to compete with the 405kW Porsche Cayenne Turbo S that debuted at the recent Detroit motor show.

The new Sport is also likely to get the option of the 250kW turbo-diesel V8 that serves up a hefty 700Nm from just 1750rpm, which could endow it with better real-world performance than the petrol flagship.

Rounding off the Range Rover Sport’s powertrain line-up will be a hybrid model pairing the turbo-diesel V6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 250kW and low emission levels.

The accompanying spy pics indicate the Sport’s lower-body design language is largely as per the big Rangie, but more tapered front and rear windscreens and deeper door skins (and therefore shallower windows) endow it with a more rakish profile.

Its stance is also made sportier by shorter front and rear overhangs and a bonnet that tapers down more sharply towards its leading edge.

Although the psychedelic disguise on this car conceals much of the detailing, it’s believed the RR Sport is adorned by more dramatic front and rear light clusters than its larger stablemate.

The Sport is also expected to feature a more dynamic interior layout (even though its switchgear is shared with the full-size Rangie), and reports suggest Bentley-esque quilted leather upholstery will be offered as an extra-cost option.

– with Carparazzi

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Published : Monday, 18 February 2013
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