Combining the prodigious off-roading ability the marque is famous for with better on-road handling characteristics is the remit of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Today’s second generation Range Rover Sport, introduced in 2013, nestles between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and the more luxurious Range Rover above it. It’s a lucrative and growing segment of the market with stiff competition from the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Porsche Cayenne all vying for attention.
Five- and seven-seater versions of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport are available, making it one of the firm’s more practical vehicles after the Discovery, yet the interior is also expensively trimmed, with lashings of leather.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Model History
Current Range Rover Sport model history
July 2013 – Range Rover Sport goes on sale with HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic trims available. Engines are a 292hp SDV6 diesel and 510hp 5.0-litre V8 petrol.
January 2014 – 258hp SDV6 diesel and 339hp V8 diesel join the range, along with a diesel hybrid.
July 2014 – SDV6 power increased to 339hp, with 40Nm more torque as well. Panoramic roof becomes available, InControl infotainment system becomes standard.
November 2014 – SDV6 power uprated to 306hp, a new All-Terrain Progress Control system is added, a head-up display becomes optional.
October 2014 – Range Rover Sport SVR available to order, powered by a 550hp 5.0-litre V8 petrol. Comes with its own look, upgraded interior and strong performance.
August 2016 – 2.0-litre 240hp diesel added to the range, alongside 3.0-litre V6 petrol with 340hp. Tow Assist, Blind Sport Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter added to the safety kit list as well, alongside a new 10-inch touchscreen.
October 2017 – New 404hp plug-in hybrid model added to the range with a 31-mile electric-only range and CO2 emissions of just 64g/km. It comes part of wider upgrades to the Sport, with tweaked styling, a simplified and more luxurious interior similar to the Velar’s, a boost in power for the SVR and new infotainment touchscreens.
February 2019 – HST model added to the range powered by a new six-cylinder 400hp Ingenium petrol engine.