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THE ALL-NEW Range Rover Sport, revealed to the world on the streets of New York, is the ultimate premium sports SUV - the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover ever.

Developed alongside the highly acclaimed new Range Rover, the new Sport now delivers the brand’s best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability. The new and technology packed Range Rover Sport presents customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating.

Exploiting Land Rover’s breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the Sport’s all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg. This transforms the vehicle’s dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience, along with Co2 emissions reduced to 194g/km.

The Range Rover Sport has a bold and progressive exterior design that is assertive, powerful and muscular, hinting at the improved driving performance and positioning the vehicle clearly between the Range Rover and the Evoque through a clear, shared design DNA.

With a fresh interpretation of the previous model’s distinctive design, the new vehicle has a sleek and contemporary appearance, combined with enhanced use of space.  The new Sport is just 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4 850mm, it is shorter than other seven-seat SUVs and most E-segment sedans, bringing greater manoeuvrability and ease of parking. However, a significantly longer wheelbase (increased by 178mm) provides greater interior space and improved access for rear passengers.

Shorter overhangs at the front and rear, plus additional width (55mm) give the new vehicle a more modern stance.

The new Range Rover Sport has been engineered to deliver dramatically improved on-road driving dynamics, with more connected and agile handling complemented by enhanced ride and refinement.  The lightweight aluminium suspension is fully independent, with wide-spaced double wishbones at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear.

At launch, the Range Rover Sport customers will have a choice of two engines - a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol and 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel. The powertrain line-up will be expanded in early 2014 by the addition of a 3.0-litre TDV6 and high performance 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel engines.  In addition, an innovative, high-efficiency diesel hybrid model will be available to order in 2014.

Across the range, acceleration times for the 0-100km/h dash start from five seconds, while fuel consumption is cut by up to 24% depending on model and Co2 emissions start as low as 194g/km. All petrol and diesel engines in the new Range Rover Sport are paired with the advanced electronically controlled eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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