2023 RANGE ROVER SPORT – Design, Technology, Performance and Capability. The 2023 Range Rover Sport ushers in the third generation of the British brand’s most popular model. Well, its most popular model in the U.S. market, according to Land Rover. When it comes to prestige and price, the Sport is one step below the premier Range Rover, which also recently underwent a complete redesign. When it came to reinventing the Sport, Range Rover elected to design sleeker bodywork around a three-inch-longer wheelbase and, of course, add a host of new content to broaden its appeal.
Every Range Rover Sport sold in the U.S. will have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The lineup is split into four trim levels—P360 SE, P400 SE Dynamic, P440e Autobiography, and P530 First Edition—each with a particular powertrain. The SE and SE Dynamic share a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with a 48-volt hybrid system. However, the P360 has 355 horsepower and the P400 has 395. The P440e has a plug-in-hybrid setup that generates a combined 434 horses, and its 31.8-kWh battery provides an estimated electric-only range of 48 miles. The P530 has a 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that’s sourced from BMW, and it can hit 60 mph in a claimed 4.3 seconds. Range Rover also says an electric variant will join the lineup next year.
Although the general shape of an SUV is hard to alter too drastically, the ’23 Range Rover Sport’s new look is decidely more dapper than its predecessor. Its overhangs are shorter in the front and longer in the rear, and the front-end height has been raised. Its headlights are slimmer, its grille openings are smaller, and the surfaces look smoother, especially on the sides with the flush-mounted door handles. The Sport’s tail has a more contemporary appearance with lighting elements that span the width of the rear hatch. The latest Rover is now available with larger, 23-inch rims (21s are standard), and the Dynamic model has special visual cues such as unique bumpers as well as graphite- and copper-colored exterior accents.
The new RR Sport’s platform is said to be 35 percent stiffer than before, and its wheelbase has been stretched by three inches. This helps add about an inch of rear-seat legroom in the cabin, which has also been restyled with new materials and features. Front passengers will enjoy 22-way power seats with heated and ventilated cushions and massage functions. Along with a 13.7-inch digital gauge cluster, every Sport has a curved 13.1-inch touchscreen that supports over-the-air updates and Amazon Alexa voice commands. Wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard, too. Top options include Meridian sound systems with as many as 29 speakers and up to 1430 watts of amplifier power.
Among the Range Rover Sport’s other new and improved features is rear-axle steering that can turn the back wheels up to 7.3 degrees, helping the big SUV be more manueverable at low speeds. The addition of adaptive off-road cruise control is intented to make the Sport easier to control on uneven terrain by automatically adjusting the vehicle speed, leaving the driver to only have to control the steering. All models come with a host of driver-assistance tech that includes a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and lane-keeping assist. For those who spring for the top-tier First Edition, this higher-performance model supplements the Sport’s standard air suspension and rear-wheel steering with electronically controlled anti-roll bars.
Built on the same production line as the top Range Rover at the company’s Solihull factory in the U.K., the RR Sport is currently on sale. The entry-level P360 SE starts at $84,350, which is nearly $12,000 more than last year’s base price. The $91,350 P400 SE Dynamic and $105,550 plug-in-hybrid P440e Autobiography make up the middle of the lineup. The limited-production, V-8–powered P530 First Edition sits at the top and essentially replaces the old Supercharged model. The First Edition opens at $122,850, which is a whopping $32,200 more than last year’s least expensive V-8 RR Sport.
0:00 – Design (Exterior and Interior)
3:34 – Sporting Luxury
6:27 – Technology
9:46 – Performance and Capability
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