Open the windows of your brand new Land Rover Range Rover Sport and chat about your destination with your colleague as you leave. Continue onto the unclosed public road and check the first 50m. I was impressed by how comfortable he felt when I started. The first impression test is perfect.
It cleverly wraps around its not-so-light body mass, and its handling response is precise and predictable. Join the highway in about 2 minutes. Close the window, accelerate, and shift into cruise mode.
The new Range Rover Sport may have the quietest interior in its class. The third generation also has the sophistication and isolation of its bigger brother, the Range Rover.
It seems like an incredible evolution, but to some extent it was expected. The 4th generation Range Rover and the 3rd generation Range Rover Sport were developed side by side. There’s a lot to share, and the release times are only a few months apart.
The basic structure of both units is a platform for longitudinally mounted engines called Modular Longitudinal Architecture, which Land Rover has just developed. Built mainly from aluminium, the torsional rigidity is 35% higher than before.
The Range Rover Sport is shorter and lower than its predecessors. However, the overall length is 4946mm, the overall width is 1990mm, and the overall height is 1820mm, which is not much different. Range Rover is 5052mm, 1990mm and 1870mm respectively.
The wheelbase is the same at 2997mm. It is a wide and long SUV.
P530 with BMW derived 4.4L V8 engine
The weight difference is greater than the dimensions. The Range Rover Sport P530, which I tested, features a BMW-derived 4.4LV 8-cylinder engine, the maximum output of which is 530ps. This one weighs 2430kg, while the Range Rover has the same engine and weighs 2510kg.
The large 90-litre Range Rover has a small impact, compared to the 80-litre fuel tank capacity. This is because the weight of the vehicle is measured with 90% of the tank filled with fuel. The tailgate, which is divided into upper and lower halves, also appears heavy, but appears to occupy a small portion.
Both models have double wishbone front suspension and 5-link multi-link rear suspension. It has brake control torque vectoring and a limited slip differential at the rear.
It also has an active anti-roll bar that runs on 48V and a rear wheel steering system. This area is also common.
Probably the biggest mechanical difference is the suspension. The Range Rover is supported by a single chamber air spring, while the Range Rover Sport is supported by a dual chamber. To give you a wider range of dynamic capabilities.
However, it is not a noticeable difference. Rather, it would be more accurate to say that they are quite similar, including looks. I don’t feel a clear difference in the standing position as much as the previous generation. The impression of styling was the same, and the feeling when running with the windows open was also similar.
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