It only seems like yesterday that we were covering the release of the 2013 Range Rover Sport. Not being ones to rest on their laurels, Land Rover have released information on their up and coming addition to the Range Rover family, the 2014 Sport. With the mantra “more Range Rover and more sport” in mind the Land Rover design team have listened to customer feedback and created their most agile, responsive and fastest model ever.
More Range Rover, More Sport
The 2014 Range Rover sport is constructed from a modified version of the Range Rover’s Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) aluminium platform. Although it is based on the platform from its less sporty sibling the Sport contains 75% different components. The structure itself is made from 50% recycled aluminium and is prevented from falling apart by 3722 rivets and 161 metres of adhesive. Another impressive aspect of the 2014 Range Rover Sport’s design is the inclusion of a third row of seats in the boot section. This layout has been labelled ‘5 + 2’ by Land Rover’s designers and involves installing two extra seats into the rear boot space. These extra seats can be retracted electronically and have a minimal impact on the base load space. The team managed to solve the issue of headroom space by fitting the hinges, rear brake light and wiper mechanism in a reduced area of the tailgate. This leaves 910 mm of headroom by Land Rover’s calculations, more than a VW Polo. There is also enough room for an under floor hybrid battery, so the more environmentally conscious amongst you can still fit in those extra occupants. The 503 bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged sports engine runs on wheels whose articulation sits at an extremely impressive 546mm. However, all that power needs something considerable to stop it. Thankfully Land Rover haven’t skimped on breaking control with 380mm discs at the front and 365mm discs at the back. In addition to this the Dynamic Active Locking Differential, which is 30% faster than previous models, responds to each brake individually to reduce understeer and improve turn-in. This is partly thanks to the engineering teams efforts to redesign the suspension and lower the vehicle to improve handling inordinately.
Plenty Of Tech
The new Range Rover will also come with a lot of the new-era technology additions you have come to expect from high-end releases. What may surprise some is the inclusion of a heads-up display, a first in the history of Land Rover. It will also come with a rear parking radar for when you are trying to squeeze in and out of those parking spaces that were not designed with Range Rovers in mind.