The third-generation SUV gets plug-in and mild-hybrid options, all-wheel steering, and a simplified design
Land Rover has stripped the covers of the 2023 Range Rover Sport, revealing a simplified design, hybrid powertrains and new chassis technology designed to balance comfort and dynamism.
The new model is the third generation of Range Rover’s more performance-oriented model, which sits between the new Range Rover and recently updated Velar models in the luxury SUV brand’s lineup.
As with the recently unveiled full-size Range Rover, the Sport’s designers, led by Gerry McGovern, have taken a pared-down approach to design. The new model is sleeker and simpler than the previous model, with an emphasis on a few simple lines to maintain its distinctive shape.
There’s a clear continuity with the previous model’s wide, aggressive stance, with short overhangs, a low front view, big wheels – up to 23 inches – and ‘floating’ roof. But the finish is less fussy, with cleaner details, from the side “gills” to the sleek LED headlights with adaptive beams. At the rear, slim taillights use world-first surface LED technology to flank the full-width Range Rover lettering, and the Sport features the largest spoiler of any model in the brand’s history.
Like its more luxurious bigger brother, the new Sport features flush glazing and door handles for a smoother, cleaner exterior.
A similar approach was taken inside, where passengers are greeted with large, simple surfaces with minimal embellishments. The center console has been simplified, featuring a single 13.1-inch “floating” curved touchscreen that houses a handful of physical controls for drive selection and ventilation. A 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster is standard in front of the driver.
New Range Rover Sport uses a range of sustainable materials for interior finishes, including ‘Ultrafabrics’, available in contrasting two-tone finishes, as well as traditional Windsor and semi-aniline leather.
engines and chassis
Under the skin, the new Sport is based on Land Rover’s MLA platform and features a number of engine and chassis innovations.
The platform is 35% stiffer than the previous car and uses a new Dynamic Response Pro chassis control system in conjunction with the adaptive air suspension. A 48V electronic anti-roll system keeps the body in check, while new dual-valve dampers work in tandem with a navigation-guided eHorizon system to anticipate upcoming corners and prime the suspension. The new Sport adds four-wheel steering, an active electronic differential and torque vectoring for more dynamic handling, while the Terrain Response 2 system ensures the Sport lives up to the Range Rover name, even in difficult conditions.
From launch, Range Rover Sport will be offered with a choice of six- and eight-cylinder engines, plus mild and plug-in hybrid options with up to 70 miles of range and fast DC charging.
The top-of-the-line P530 uses a new twin-turbo V8 in place of the old supercharged engine. This makes 523 hp, 516 lb ft and will propel the Sport from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, matching the performance of the previous SVR model but with a 17% improvement in economy.
Two plug-in hybrids both use a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, paired with a 105kW motor and 32kWh battery. Range Rover says both will do 70 miles of pure electric driving under test conditions, which will equate to 54 miles in the real world, and produce just 18g/km of CO2.
The 503 hp P510e can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph), while the P440e uses a 434 hp version of the same engine to power the run from 0 to 60 mph To cover 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
Below the PHEVs are a 395 hp mild hybrid petrol and two mild hybrid diesels with 296 hp or 345 hp and up to 516 lb ft.
In 2024, a fully electric version of the Range Rover Sport will join the range.
price and specification
The new Range Rover Sport is available to order now, priced at £79,125 and is available in three trims – SE Autobiography and limited First Edition.
All models feature adaptive LED lights, power tailgate, an eight-speed automatic transmission, dynamic air suspension and a range of driver assistance systems including emergency braking, 3D surround camera, cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, as well as Wade Sensing and the ClearSight ground camera system for the off-road use.
All Range Rover Sports come with a 13.1-inch touchscreen housing the latest connected Pivi Pro media and navigation system with over-the-air update capabilities. The system has Amazon Alexa built-in, as well as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay coupled with wireless phone charging.
Three tiers of Meridian sound system are available, rounded out with a 1,400-watt, 29-speaker “Signature” stereo that includes active noise cancellation.
Depending on trim level, buyers can enjoy 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function, while rear seats are heated and ventilated and have optional dual 11.4-inch media screens.
Other option packages add more advanced technology, including adaptive cruise control, rear collision monitor, blind spot assist and remote parking assist, while the Stormer handling package includes four-wheel steering, Dynamic Response Pro, electronic active differential and configurable programs and comes standard on models with the P510e or P510e powertrains P530.