The Range Rover Sport was an all-new model for 2006, and is largely unchanged for 2007. Standard equipment levels have improved with the addition of a personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth capability, as well as one-touch (up or down) power window operation for the front-seat passenger's position. Sirius Satellite Radio is added to the standard equipment list for the Supercharged model. Supercharged buyers also can choose between lined oak dark wood or light cherry wood trim and soft or sport leather.
To fill the gap in its lineup between the LR3 and Range Rover , Land Rover took the best from each to produce the Range Rover Sport, which combines the underpinnings of the LR3-including the Land Rover Terrain Response System-with the engines and upscale interior design cues from the Range Rover. To these, the Sport adds a Dynamic Response suspension system that brings a quality of on-road dynamics new to a brand that has built its reputation on off-pavement performance. The Range Rover Sport also features an almost aerodynamic body design and a cockpit that underscores the Sport's mission to provide Land Rover with a driver's vehicle, regardless of whether the surface is paved with asphalt, littered with rock, sand, or seemingly any other surface.
Like the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is available in HSE and Supercharged versions. The HSE comes with a 4.4-liter V-8 that provides 300 hp. The Supercharged model is powered by a 390-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 that uses a supercharger to boost its output. Both engines send power to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Both versions also come with Land Rover's Terrain Response System that makes off-pavement driving even easier. Basically, the driver sets a dial and the vehicle's advanced electronics and mechanical equipment respond to grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, sand, or rock-crawl parameters. The Range Rover Sport also provides outstanding traction on pavement, in either its normal setting or when, for example, the grass/gravel/snow setting is selected in inclement weather conditions. To enhance its on-road dynamic capabilities, the Supercharged version comes with Brembo brakes-equipment used in many race cars and high-end sports cars.
Standard equipment on the Range Rover Sport includes six air bags, as well as active roll mitigation technology designed to work with the standard dynamic stability control to keep the vehicle on all four wheels and headed in the direction the driver intended. Also, hill descent control, traction control, front and rear fog lamps, a 550-watt harmon/kardon Logic7 audio system with a 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary audio input, a navigation system, two rows of seating with 8-way power adjustment for the driver's seat and 6-way power for the front passenger's seat, dual-zone climate controls, front and rear park distance control, a power sunroof, and heated exterior mirrors are all standard. Special 20-inch Stormer design wheels are available on the Supercharged version.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac Escalade (39,017 units sold), Lincoln Navigator (23,947), and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (18,776) in its first year on the market. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport sold 18,757 units in 2006, an increase of 79.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Utility segment include the Cadillac Escalade ESV, HUMMER H2, Land Rover Range Rover, Infiniti QX-Series, and Lexus LX-Series. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Lincoln Navigator L and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and GL-Class.
|HSE||6 speed automatic||$57,235||300-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||14/20|
|Supercharged||6 speed automatic||$70,535||390-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl||13/19|