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  Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:January 04, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Range Rover Sport, an all-new sports tourer SUV from Land Rover, is the best-performing and best-handling vehicle that the renowned 4WD manufacturer has ever built. Powered in top-line form by a supercharged 389 bhp V8 engine, the Range Rover Sport is designed to combine invigorating dynamic ability with outstanding comfort and refinement. The spirit of the Range Rover Sport was embodied in the Range Stormer concept vehicle, first seen at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The top-line Range Rover Sport uses a specially-developed version of Jaguar's acclaimed 4.2-litre supercharged V8 engine. Maximum power is 389 bhp and maximum torque 550Nm with an electronically-limited top speed of 225km/h. Power and torque are delivered to all four wheels through a ZF six-speed 'intelligent shift' automatic gearbox featuring sport programming and Land Rover's CommandShift, which offers manual control of gearchanges. Low range is electronically selectable. One of the most aerodynamic of all SUVs, the Range Rover Sport combines a smooth shape with powerful stance, muscular wheel-arches, a raked roof, and tailgate-mounted rear spoiler. Recognisable Range Rover styling cues include the 'floating' roof (created by the black roof pillars) and clamshell bonnet. But in the interests of improved airflow, the bonnet castellations have been smoothed away and the windscreen given a faster angle.

The Range Rover Sport has a five-door body style, with a single-piece rear aluminium tailgate that includes an opening rear glass for easy access. Inside, it is a roomy yet sporty five-seater featuring premium materials, including leather, wood and metallic finishes. The cockpit is designed around the driver, with a high and sweeping centre console so the driver reaches across to the controls rather than down to them. The seats are sporty and supportive.

Although developed with greater emphasis on on-road performance than any previous Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport is exceptionally competent across all terrains. Its off-road capability is boosted by Land Rover's highly effective Terrain Response system, which is standard on all models. It allows the driver to choose one of five terrain settings via a rotary control on the centre console. Terrain Response then automatically selects the most appropriate settings for the vehicle's many advanced electronic controls and traction aids - including ride height, engine torque response, Hill Descent Control, electronic traction control and transmission settings.

Land Rover's new and unique Integrated Body-frame structure, first seen on Discovery 3/LR3, has now been tailored for the Range Rover Sport to reinforce the vehicle's sporting character. This includes a six-inch/14cm shorter wheelbase (108inches/275cm) for improved agility. Four-corner air suspension is standard on all models. The double-wishbone suspension has been designed for sporty ride and handling, especially when cornering, and the speed-proportional variable ratio steering allows low-speed agility, while providing stability during high-speed cruising.

Land Rover's new Dynamic Response system senses cornering forces and acts to optimise body control and handling performance. The system decouples off-road, to allow greater wheel articulation during tough all-terrain driving. In keeping with its 'driver's pedigree', key work on the chassis tuning of Range Rover Sport was completed at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, in addition to the usual rigorous on-road and off-road Land Rover development programme. Advanced electronic safety aids include Electronic Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Dynamic Stability Control. On the supercharged version, four-piston Brembo front brakes help give superb braking ability.

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