The Mk2 Range Rover Sport uses the same aluminium platform as the Range Rover, but over 75 per cent of its components are different.

The new Range Rover Sport was developed under two banners, according to the company. “More Range Rover and more Sport” was the conclusion from customer research, and the aim of the engineering team was to create “the fastest, most agile, most responsive Land Rover ever”, with “a huge breadth of ability”. 

So although the all-new Range Rover Sport shares the same PLA aluminium platform as the new Range Rover, some 75 per cent of the components – calculated by part numbers – are different from the flagship car’s. 

This, say the engineers, is primarily because “no expense was spared” on redesigning the suspension system and lowering the car to create an SUV with class-leading handling. 

The Sport structure also accommodates a third row of seats – a layout that Land Rover refers to as 5+2 – in which a pair of seats is fitted into the boot and can be electrically retracted with minimal intrusion on the load space. 

Extensive work went into fitting the hinges, rear stop light and rear wiper mechanism into the upper part of the tailgate while still retaining headroom for the rear occupants. Indeed, Land Rover claims that there is 910mm of headroom in the very rear of the Sport, which is more than in a Mercedes E-class. What’s more, the rearmost seats can also also be packaged into the upcoming hybrid version of the Sport.

Despite the Sport’s hardcore intentions, Land Rover also claims class-leading refinement, both in terms of low-speed road noise on a coarse surface and motorway-speed wind noise. 

Luxury refinements include a head-up display (which is a first for a Land Rover), very wide-angle rear parking radar (for use when reversing out of a parking space) and an “industry-first” wading depth sensor, which uses sensors in the mirrors to indicate the depth of the water when wading. Indeed, the Sport has a wading depth of 850mm – a level just under the door handles.

Here are 13 more things you might not know about the new Range Rover Sport:

1. Jaguar Land Rover’s Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) is rooted in a common crash and floor structure. The upper structure, suspension mounting points and wheel wells differ between SUVs and future Jaguar road cars.

2. The structure is made from 50 per cent recycled aluminium and is held together with 3722 rivets of between 2mm and 10mm in size, plus 161 metres of adhesives.

3. Its strut towers are made from cast aluminium and the structure is mostly pressed.

4. The side body pressing is claimed to be the largest of any production car.

5. Land Rover will release a smartphone app to communicate with the Sport; it can locate the vehicle, check fuel and range, log journeys for company expenses (and download them as an Excel file) and provide security alerts.

6. A great deal of effort went into the rear packaging in order to fit a pair of compact, electrically folding seats with good headroom and without losing luggage space or hampering the fitment of an underfloor hybrid battery.

7. Despite claims for the Sport’s performance on the track, it is still capable of serious off-roading, with 546mm of wheel articulation – more than the Volkswagen Touareg (467mm) and Mercedes-Benz GL (329mm).

8. The 5.0-litre supercharged Sport gets 380mm discs at the front and 365mm discs at the rear. The brakes can be activated on an individual basis as part of the torque vectoring system, reducing understeer.

9. The engine is set well back between the aluminium crash legs, improving handling.

10. The substantial active anti-roll bars are activated by electric motors.

11. A transfer case sends power from the transmission forward to the front wheels, boosting traction.

12. There’s a choice of two all-wheel drive systems, with either a single-speed or two-speed centre differential. The two-speed, multi-plate centre diff offers low range, 1:1 and 2.93:1, and it can split torque 100 per cent front to rear; standard split is 50/50. If you don’t need low range, the new single-speed torsen centre differential provides a standard torque split of 42/58 front to rear. The maximum torque split is 62/78 front to rear.

13. The Dynamic Active Locking Differential limits rear wheel slip and is “30 per cent faster”. It is part of the torque vectoring system, which works with individual brakes to improve turn-in and reduce understeer.

So, what's the new Range Rover Sport like on the road? Find out in our road test here. To see more pictures, click here.

Our Verdict

Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport offers just the right dynamic twist on the well trodden SUV formula

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27 May 2013

That was a great comment for A ThWArTedeffort...

Quite an interesting article and the car looks pretty good if you want a cool SUV.

31 May 2013

Simplicity is key wrote:

That was a great comment for A ThWArTedeffort...

Quite an interesting article and the car looks pretty good if you want a cool SUV.

actually what's interesting is how the boneheads at this magazine will merrily prune the comments of regular contributors while letting spammers and phishing messages - some of which contain links to obvious scams - through by the dozen.

My comment cut through the bullshit for which the PR regurgitators at Autocar are famous. This is a car designed for pricks, and driven by pricks.

And while I do myself no favours by agreeing with GermanPower, it is also massively unreliable.

27 May 2013

your are included in that 75% in fact I would stay you are 100% a prick!

27 May 2013

How bout more reliability ??

27 May 2013

Considering 90%+ of these will never venture off road, apart from for magazine roadtests, was there really any need for all the extra effort to make it as good as it is off road? Why does it need to be able to wade 850mm, or have greater articulation than a Volkswagen Touareg and Mercedes-Benz GL ?

27 May 2013

Its why motor companies race cars,  product place them in James Bond movies and drive them to the top of mountains.  

27 May 2013

Citytiger wrote:

Considering 90%+ of these will never venture off road, apart from for magazine roadtests, was there really any need for all the extra effort to make it as good as it is off road? Why does it need to be able to wade 850mm, or have greater articulation than a Volkswagen Touareg and Mercedes-Benz GL ?

May be not in UK, but in other markets customers do, so it need to do what it says in the tin!!!

27 May 2013

This is my favorite SUV in the world, ever.  I'm not at all surprised by that 75% figure, this RR sport looks like a completely different vehicle from the 'normal' RR.  The last generation of sport looked identical to its bigger brother, it was difficult to tell them apart on the street.  That won't be the case now.

27 May 2013

Nobody will be stupid enough to take it off road as when it inevitably breaks down, you will be miles away from civilisation. This may be the fastest Land Rover but Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Audi all produce much faster cars.

27 May 2013

Who cares if Audi, BMW and Porsche make faster cars. This is plenty quick enough. Oh silly me I forgot everybody now does track days in Porsche Cayennes. That comment is as pointless as me saying don't buy your s,m,l,xl beetle because la Ferrari or the P1 whips them all (around a track). They are even quicker than the xxl super chunky monkey veyron beetle.

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